APASSION Cycling Holidays
Combine the best cycling of the French Alps with a little luxury
- Whether you are training for an Etape or a Triathlon or just looking to push your own boundaries, then join us and challenge yourself to over 500km of Alpine cycling including the infamous ascents of the Col de Joux Plane and the Col de la Colombière
- Benefit from the knowledge and experience of our cycle guide who has clocked-up many hours in the saddle exploring the best routes in the region
- Relax and unwind in the beautiful surrounds of Chalet APASSION, equipped with hot-tub and sauna for easing those weary limbs
This luxury cycling retreat can be taken as a long weekend or a full week. The itinerary for a weeks stay is provided below. Shorter stays are adapted accordingly.
Day 1: Private transfer to Chalet APASSION. Gentle afternoon ride
- After your transfer from Geneva, unpack your gear, set-up your bike and meet-up with your guide
- With your guide, taking the road out of Samoëns in the direction of Sixt fer à Cheval you will ultimately run out of road as you approach the stunningly beautiful Cirque du fer à Cheval, part of the Sixt-Passy National Reserve. After a short break admiring the views you’ll head back along the same route into Samoëns before returning to the chalet, a total of around 40km just to get you warmed-up for the week!
- Over dinner you’ll get to spend time with your guide for the week where you’ll learn more about the daily routes, the ‘dos and don’ts’ of cycling the French Alpine roads and get the opportunity to share your aspirations for the week to ensure you get the best out of your time in the saddle
Day 2: 110km including a number of relatively easy climbs
- From Samoëns you’ll head west along the Giffre Valley to Saint-Jeoire before tackling the long, but relatively gentle, ascent up to the Col de la Jambaz (1027m, 13.4km @ 3.4%) before heading into the village of Bellevaux, which lives up to its name of “Beautiful Valley” and then onto La Vernaz in the southern Vallée d’Aulps
- From La Vernaz the route heads north to Saint Jean d’Aulps before rising to reach Les Gets at a height of 1165m (8km @ 3.5%) before returning to Samoëns by way of Taninges and the Giffre Valley.
Day 3: 110km including 2 major climbs
- The route initially follows the Giffre Valley west from Samoëns to Mieussy before starting the first ascent of the day, the 14km climb up to the Col de la Ramaz (1610m, 14km @ 6.9%) before dropping down into the ski station of Le Praz de Lys
- From Le Praz de Lys you’ll tackle the beautifully quiet and stunning climb up to the Col de l’Encrenaz (1427m, 6km @ 4.5%) before heading down to Montriond on the edge of Les Portes de Soleil ski region
- From Montriond you’ve got another beautiful, although more challenging climb to negotiate, the Col da la Joux Verte (1760m, 14.4km @ 6%) that ultimately leads you into Morzine from where you’ll pass through Les Gets (1165m, 5km @ 3.5%) and Taninges before returning to Samoëns via the Giffre Valley
Day 4: Rest Day
- After the exertions of the previous days and in readiness for the challenges ahead your guide will take you on an easy 1.5 hours ride so it makes it an ideal day for a massage, a lunch somewhere special or to just take time exploring the beautiful village of Samoëns, ranked as the most beautiful mountain village in France
Day 5: 130km including 2 major climbs
- Departing Samoëns the route begins with the Côte de Châtillon-sur-Cluses (741m, 2km @ 4%) and St. Sigismond (950m, 3.5km @ 5.5%) before heading to Arraches and Cluses
- From Cluses the route climbs up the “pain-all-the-way” Col de Romme (1296m, 9.6km @ 8.4%) to Le Reposoir before pitting yourself against one of the most famous sections of the Tour de France, the technically challenging ascent of the Col de la Colombière (1618m, 7.5km @ 8.6%)
- After the descent from the Col the route leads from Le Grand Bornand to Saint Pierre en Faucigny, Bonneville and Marignier before heading back over the Côte de Châtillon-sur-Cluses (741m, 2km @ 4%) to Samoëns.
Day 6: ‘Queen stage Day’ – 85km but including 3 major climbs
- After leaving the chalet for an initial warm-up ride along the gentle roads of the Giffre Valley the real fun begins with the climb up to the Col de Joux Plane and Col du Ranfolly (1688m, 11.6km @ 8.6%) before descending into the town of Morzine. You’ll wonder how Pantini achieved the climb in just 33 minutes when he broke the resolve of Lance Armstong in the 2000 Tour de France
- You’ll be glad of the rest, as from Morzine the climbing begins again with the route up to Avoriaz (1814m, 13.7km @ 6.2%) before descending back into Morzine and tackling the return route over the Col du Ranfolly and the Col de Joux Plane (1688m, 10.8km @ 6.5%). Stop to admire the views of Mont Blanc and the Grand Massif before negotiating the last descent of the day into the village of Samoëns, returning to the chalet for a well earned rest and an evening of recuperation after a massive day in the saddle.
Day 7: Departure Day
- After a relaxed breakfast at the chalet we’ll take you back to Geneva airport via private transfer in-time for your flight home.
Dates for your diary
Next Available Dates for 2017
Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd September
A) The week package costs £1,075 and includes:
- 7 nights accommodation at Chalet APASSION on a shared room basis, along with your breakfast and on 6 days a pasta meal on return from your day in the saddle and two course evening meals with complementary wines
- 6 days of guided cycling with full support vehicle on all ‘col’ days
- Transfers to and from Geneva airport for you and your bike
- Please see our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for further details of what is included and what you’ll specifically be required to bring with you
B) Long weekend packages are also available for £570 and include:
- 3 nights of catered accommodation – on the same basis as above
- 3 days of guided cycling with full support vehicle on all ‘col’ days
- Return transfers from Geneva airport for you and your bike
- Additional days can be added at a cost of just £160 per person per day
Discounts are available for group bookings of 4 people of more regardless of whether you are looking to stay for just 3 nights or wanting to challenge yourself to our full week trip!
We are also happy to offer bespoke trips to suit your requirements – just let us know what you are looking to achieve and we’ll look to tailor a trip to fit your training schedule.
Please be aware of the following points:
1. We will not guide in the event that the weather is considered unsafe for riding (heavy rain, hail etc.), however, we will do our utmost to re-organise the schedule with regard to the rest-day to ensure that you get to cover as much of the planned routes as possible
2. Riding in the mountains can be hazardous so please ensure that you have sufficient travel insurance to cover you and your bike in the event of an accident. We cannot be held liable for any accidents that occur in the course of your cycling
3. Given the proximity of so many climbs and stunning routes, the options taken ultimately depend on the level of the group and with the agreement of your guide