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8 Day Epic Cycling Tour in French Alps, France
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Les Deux Alpes, Mont-de-Lans, Oisans-Romanche, Grenoble, Isere, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Incredible Cycling Holiday in France

This is a tour that should definitely be on every MTB rider’s bucket list. This tour will be spent in the European biking Mecca, Les Deux Alpes. The Crankworx festival also made its first guest appearance outside Whistler right here on these slopes, at the heart of the French Alps and under an incredible 11810 feet glacier. Besides an incredible downhill bike park, this scenic destination offers never-ending trails for all kind of levels. Also, the best thing is that a lot of trails are highly enjoyable for experienced riders as well as for complete beginners. Therefore, no restrictions should be on your mind. In Les Deux Alpes, you can have tons of fun and upgrade your mountain biking skills each day!

Key information

  • Trip type: guided
  • Lodging: center based
  • Terrain: mountainous
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day), Moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31 - 45 miles per day), Challenging (cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs / or 46 - 80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 107.5 miles / 173 kilometers
  • Average elevation: 1039 meters / 3408 feet
  • Vacation type: mountain biking and adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: mountain bike

Highlights

  • 6 days of Velo Tout-Terrain
  • Ride in Les 2 Alpes Bike Park
  • Go to the infamous Puy-Saint-Vincent
  • Head to Serre Chevalier, Les 2 Alpes Gletscher, and L'Alpe d’Huez
  • Complete van support every mile of the way
  • Expert English-speaking guides
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Return airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport
Airport transfer included: Grenoble–Isère Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at an alpine-style accommodation provided by Bike Hire Tours.

Program

After years of biking and having fun around this incredible area, Bike Hire Tours designed a program that includes only the best of the best trails. Among most spectacular and for the most courageous riders, it also features a 9190-foot descent from the glacier. Now, imagine these feelings. Imagine these views! To top it up, this biking paradise also offers optimal climate conditions.

Beginning at the top of the peak chair on Whistler mountain, the top of the world will take you through Whistler's insane alpine environment on a tacky smooth single track filled with built up berms, switchback corners, and fun flowy descents along the way. The trail winds its way down the back side of Whistler mountain, dipping into areas not even open for skiing in the winter.

Day 1: Getting to Les 2 Alpes

If you are flying from overseas, Bike Hire Tours recommends arriving at least a day early to help you adjust to the time zone and to avoid any flight delay complications. Bike Hire Tours can pick you up at one of the nearby airports (Grenoble, Lyon, or Geneva) or at a designated meeting point and drive you to Les 2 Alpes (Les Deux Alpes) where you will move into your alpine-style accommodation for the duration of this trip. Once you’ve settled in, you’ll have a short introductory briefing followed by dinner in the village and some relaxed time to get to know each other. Alternatively, you can organize your own arrival at Les 2 Alpes and join Bike Hire Tours whenever it suits you best.

Day 2: Warm up on Les 2 Alpes Vallée Blanche trails

If you haven’t gotten your bikes ready yet, now’s the time. The first part of the first day on trails is planned for skills and safety check and training. Then, your guide will introduce you to the most common trails and treats in the area of Vallée Blanche. Welcome to mountain bikers heaven!

Day 3: Puy-Saint-Vincent

After one and a half hours of drive, you’ll arrive at the infamous Puy-Saint-Vincent. The area offers a large choice of descent, enduro, and cross-country circuits on 21 miles of marked trails. The playground for the day includes:

  • Two descending trails (three to four and a half miles)
  • Three enduro descending trails (four to six and a half miles)
  • Three cross country circuits (6.5 to 16 miles)
  • Two lifts (four and six chairs)
  • One fun way slope with wooden lattice paths distributed over 660 yards, ideal for family rides or to get introduced to mountain biking with 100% pleasure

Day 4: Les 2 Alpes Bike Park: Diable - Bike Patroller - Venosc

The prime classic is right in the backyard. Between wild and perfectly built trails, Les 2 Alpes definitely qualifies high among legends of mountain biking. With its many slopes and ultramodern chairlift, the Diable, also known as the devil sector, contrary to its name, offers courses and modules for all levels. The breathtaking Fury (competition level) and the legendary Venosc trail will delight any seasoned and more adventurous rider. On this day, you’re set to conquer:

  • Three sectors: Jandri, Diable, and Venosc
  • four lifts
  • Six tracks including 1 elite track
  • Two cross-country routes
  • Three enduro routes

Day 5: Serre Chevalier

After just over one-hour drive, you’ll reach another epic MTB area. Besides countless cross-country trails, Serre Chevalier also offers a bike park with 11 downhill trails. You can ride either by following specific signs that differ cross country from downhill trails, which are all daily maintained by a team of professional trail builders. Thanks to four lifts running during summertime, you can easily reach the top of the park at over 8,000 feet elevation. The park also features various wooden modules for experts.

Do you feel like working on improving your techniques today? It's not a problem. Ludic Park at the bottom of the lifts was specifically built for entry-level bikers to improve their skills. Whenever you’re in need of a quick recharge, you can take a break in any of several cozy restaurants in the area.

Day 6: Les 2 Alpes Gletscher (11,810 feet) and Venosc (3,000 feet)

Enjoy one more day at the heart of the Les 2 Alpes Bike Park. After lifting up to 10,500 feet above sea level, you’re in for the first treat of the day by taking a mountain train up to the glacier top at 11,810 feet. Enjoy a quick and breezy winter experience, just long enough to get those shorts on snow photos were taken. Next thing on your menu is nothing else but your longest descent. Riding down from the glacier at 10,500 feet to the valley village of Venosc at 3,000 feet, you will beat a remarkable 7,500 feet difference in elevation. Charging trails with one of the highest vertical drops among European bike parks makes for a one spectacular day.

Day 7: L'Alpe d’Huez

Save the best of the best for the last. After a 40-minute drive, you will reach L’Alpe d’Huez, home of the famous Megavalanche. This is a giant among bike parks of Europe. One that can raise a 10-time World Downhill Champion, Nicolas Vouilloz, has got to be a pretty good one. The L’Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine VTT Bike Park has over 150 miles of mountain biking trails, with 8,560 feet of vertical drop over a vast range of unbeatable terrain with the scenery of breathtaking nature. There is an incredible number of nine cable cars available to bikers, giving access to 35 signposted trails, with terrain suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. This amazing bike park includes 11 cross-country trails, 10 enduro trails, and 14 permanent downhill trails.

Day 8: Departure

Pack and have a shuttle back to the airport. There is an end to all good things but Bike Hire Tours surely hopes you’ll be leaving with a smile on your face and soon join them again for more adventuring fun.

Guides

Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.

Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. Bike Hire Tours chooses their guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.

Notes: Please arrive by 12:00 noon for a prompt departure at 13:00. The return time is approximately 12:00.

Location

This bike tour will take place in the French Alps area in France that includes, Vallée Blanche trails, Puy-Saint-Vincent, Les 2 Alpes Bike Park, Serre Chevalier, Les 2 Alpes Gletscher, Venosc, and L'Alpe d'Huez.

What's included

  • 6 days of Velo Tout-Terrain
  • Glacier experience pass
  • Expert English-speaking guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Complete van support every mile of the way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace
  • Return shuttle from and to Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS) or Grenoble-Isère Airport (GNB)
  • Transportation in a mini coach

What's not included

  • Bike rental (460 USD for the duration of the trip)
  • Airfare (Bike Hire Tours can help you with this)
  • Food and drinks
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and biking equipment insurance
  • Gear rental (available, must be booked in advance)
  • Instructor gratuity

How to get there

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Airport: Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport Airport transfer included: Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Grenoble–Isère Airport Airport transfer included: Grenoble–Isère Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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