Dream of riding the most famous of Tour de France climbs of the iconic French Alps with a former Tour de France legend? Then this is the tour for you!
Our Alps Ride Experience, hosted by former Tour de France lead-out-legend Nick Gates, will be all about ticking off bucket list climbs, riding k’s for days and chasing Strava KOMs – if you please?! You’ll conquer the top 6 cols of the Alps including; Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier, Lautaret and Mont Ventoux.
If that’s not entertaining enough – you’ll also take in a stage start, experience the excitement of a stage finish and watch the epic Pont du Gard Stage 16 LIVE.
Rides will be ‘pro level’ supported daily, led by our team of experienced, fit-fast ride guides and you’ll enjoy comfortable, convenient accommodation along the way.
Bring it on, Alps
July 22, 2019 / Difficulty / Distance 40km
Welcome to the infamous Alps!
This morning our Mummu Cycling team will collect you from Avignon where we will transfer as a group to our hotel. Following check in and bike setup, we will head out for a short, relaxed group ride to enjoy the surroundings and spin the legs out ahead of some big days to come.
This evening we will enjoy a group dinner and cheers to what we predict will be an epic week taking on the Alps alongside the world’s biggest bike race – The Tour de France.
Pont du Gard
July 23, 2019 / Difficulty / Distance 80km
Today we enjoy a flatter ride westwards to intersect Stage 16 at UNESCO World Heritage site and one of France’s most famous destinations, Pont du Gard. The ancient Roman aqueduct is a UNESCO Heritage Listed site and known as one of the best preserved three-tiered bridges in the world.
Our loop ride will return along the Rhone River through the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape before returning to our hotel to hopefully catch the final kms of Stage 16, wine and beer in hand.
Take the evening to explore Avignon during its summer festival.
Ride Mont Ventoux!
July 24, 2019 / Difficulty / Distance 60km
Following an early breakfast and check-out we will drive to Carpentras and get prepared to ride the famously brutal, Mont Ventoux!
Mont Ventoux literally means ‘Windy Mountain’ and the name speaks for itself. To add – it has been nicknamed by many as ‘The Bald Mountain’ due to its interesting, barren Provencal landscape once above the tree line.
The lengthy climb travels up to 1912m and is widely known throughout the cycling world as being a real physical challenge.
Tough, yes but the elation and incredible feeling atop will certainly make It all the more worth it. You game?!
Following todays ride we will transfer to our next hotel and enjoy a group dinner to retell the day’s awesome adventures.
Conquer Col du Galibier
July 25, 2019 / Difficulty / Distance 115km
Following an early breakfast and checkout, we’ll be riding out of the hotel towards our first climb Col du Lautaret to start our day.
After the Lautaret we’ll be going head to head with the 2645m high Col du Galibier. Famously tough, lengthy and offering unsurpassed views!
To summit the Galibier is a real achievement and certainly a must-do bucket list climb famous to the Tour de France and the iconic Alps. Make sure you take plenty of photos at the top.
Our ride now continues with the descent off Galibier and then the gentle valley downhill through to our next accommodation and dinner will be at your leisure, allowing you some time to wind down and explore our new surroundings.
The legendary Alpe D’Huez!
July 26, 2019 / Difficulty / Distance 80km
We hope you’ve recovered and your climbing legs are ready for more action as today we’ll be tackling the legend that is – Alpe d’huez.
Enjoy a good breakfast before we make the short transfer to Bourg dÓisans where we will kick start today’s epic.
Alpe d’Huez is an incredibly iconic climb, very special to the Tour de France and its history. Most famous for its unique 21 hairpins and sensational views along the way. At 15.2km in length and rising up to 1860m – this climb is epic! If you’re a student of previous TDF’s, you’ll realise the finish line for the pro peloton is above the actual township, so if you want to replicate the pros, you need to pass straight on through and endure a few more kms.
For any lover of cycling, it is an absolute MUST do experience and the thrill and sense of accomplishment atop will make every km of suffering seem that much sweeter.
Once summited, we will enjoy the gorgeous rolling road and descent off the mountain down the Col de la Sarenne. Stunning and very remote, you’ll be undoubtedly stopping for a snap or two along the way.
Throughout the ride, we will make a café pitstop on route to enjoy some Tour de France Stage entertainment before returning to vans and transferring back to our hotel.
This evening we will enjoy a group dinner at the hotel and toast to another Col ticked off the list!
Stage Depart and Final Cols to Conquer!
July 27, 2019 / Difficulty / Distance 100km
Today we are going to round out the week on a high and go BIG!
Following a hearty breakfast, we’ll be transferring to the Stage 20 Tour de France start in Albertville. Here, you will enjoy official VIP Departure Village access, where you’ll be treated to local delicacies from the region, have access to the team bus area and possibly even bump shoulders with Sagan as he gets his morning coffee…
Following the Stage start, you’ll no doubt have some added motivation from the peloton as they set out for their 20th day of racing! Use that to prepare for a big day of conquering cols.
First up will be the Col de la Madeleine . Rising as high as the Glandon but over a few more km’s, at a daring 26km in length – it will be warm up for what is coming next.
Descend and recover well as your last big bucket list climb is yet to come – the Col du Glandon. Incredibly tough at almost 20km in length and just under 2000m, yet stunningly beautiful. So much so, you may even stop hearing your legs screaming – help!
Once back at our hotel we’ll watch the finish of the penultimate Tour de France Stage before enjoying a group farewell dinner and a cheers or two to a huge week in the Alps.
July 28, 2019 / Difficulty
Following breakfast and checkout, we will transfer you to Lyon/Geneva before saying Bon Voyage. We trust you’ve had a fantastic tour with Mummu Cycling and hope to have you back with us again soon conquering more cols!
Type: Road Bike Tours
Duration: 7 - 10 Days
Rider Level: Intermediate
Distance Per Day: 61-100km
Bike Provided?: No
- Conquer 6 epic climbs of the French Alps, including Galibier, Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez
- Watch Stage 16 LIVE at UNESCO Heritage Site Pont du Gard
- Experience a stage start and a mountain top finish!
- Supported daily rides, with experienced super-fast ride guides