Last July (2016) Claudio arranged an amazing 7 day, supported tour for me and 7 members of my Canadian cycling squadra – all avid, competitive cyclists. We began in Girona, and did a big loop north into the Pyrenees including a night in France (aix les thermes) and Andorra.- averaging about 110-120 km per day. A week later we ended our ride at Mar de Tossa, a beauty seaside resort on the Costa Brava near Girona. Claudio worked out all details of our route, meals, hotels etc. while providing support on the road/moving our baggage from town to town. We have previously done several bike tours in pyrenees and alps with other cyclo-tour organizers (including Duck tours, cyclo mondo) but in most respects Claudio was absolutely the best! Incredibly attentive and kind, but obviously he knows the coolest roads, and nicest off the beaten track hotels in northern Spain.. .esp. Catalonia & Basque regions. For no extra charge he also picked up everyone + our bikes at Barce airport and transported to Girona. Then arranged to get everyone back to Barce to make our various flights when the tour was over . We wouldn’t hesitate to ride w/ Montefusco Tours again and are already thinking about arranging a similar tour w/ Claudio in the basque
Alps Cycling Tour
Do not miss this opportunity and join us! An experience you will enjoy just once in your life.
Cycling history has been written in the Alps. Our goal is climbing the most famous climbs: Col du galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Croix de Fer, Vars, Izoard, Mont Ventoux.
In short: 7 stages
12 HC or 1st category cols
8 nights including breakfast and dinner (Bedoin, Barcelonettex3, Briançon, Saint Jean de Mauriennex2, Bourg d’Oisans)
DATES FOR NEXT SUMMER 2017 ARE:
2017 July 1st to 9th
|Usually 9AM every day|
Do not worry about any other thing but cycling. Our van will transport your luggage, and you will have it at the end of every stage. You will like our hotel choice, the best hotels to stop by, to rest and to have dinner. Breakfast, dinner and some quick lunch at the top of some climb, all that is in our side.
Day 1: Departure
Barcelona to Bedoin. 5 hours drive. Meeting and sleep at Bedoin.
Bedoin-Mont Ventoux-Gorges de la Nesque-Bedoin 75 km.
If you are into cycling you know what Mont Ventoux means. The stage includes the climb to Mont Ventoux from the steepest and nicest side. Once at the Simpson monument and later at the top (at 1912 mts) we will descend via Chalet Reynard and Sault. The passage through Gorges de la Nesque is one of the top experiences of the whole trip!
Transfer Bedoin-Barcelonette after the stage.
Barcelonette-Barcelonette 122 km (Cayolle, Col des Champs, Allos)
Those are not very known climbs, but we can assure this is probably the toughest stage all over the tour. Three first categpry climbs over 2000 meters is indeed a demanding tour. Although, as said, they are not very known, probably you won’t forget their names forever.
Barcelonette-La Bonette-Barcelonette 70 km
Same as Ventoux, La Bonette is one of the top climbs in France. It is said to be the highest asphalted road in the Alps, which is not exactly true as in Austria there is some higher road, nevertheless La Bonette is a myth. For the strongest, you can complete the stage with the additional climb to Pra Loup, which was a Tour de France stage ending in 2015.
Barcelonette- Briançon 106 km (Vars i Izoard)
Very special stage this 2017, as Tour de France will do a very similar stage just a few days later (July 20th), climbing to Izoard via La Casse Desserte and finishing at the top of Izoard. Probably the queen stage on Tour de France 2017.
Briançon-St Jean de Maurienne 85 km
This stage is about Galibier. Galibier is to the Alps same a Tourmalet is to the Pyrenees. Not the steepest, not the highest, but it has everything: cycling history. The neverending climb to Galibier will leave some memories for life. Also time to visit a couple of monuments along the route. Monument dedicated to Henry Desgrande (on Briançon side), and monument dedicated to Marco Pantani (on the Valloire side).
St Jean de Maurienne-St Jean de Maurienne 92 km (Lacets de Montvernier, Glandon).
Lacets de Montvernier were included in Tour de France in 2015 for the first time. Such a discovery! It is certainly one of the most beautiful stretches of road all over Europe. Amazing.
And then the secon climb is Col du Glandon. One of the toughest challenges all over the Alps, specially when we come from a 1st category climb.
St Jean de Maurienne- Alpe d’Huez-Bourg d’Oisans 100 km (Croix de Fer, Alpe d’Huez)
Last day is a demanding one. Climbing Croix de Fer is the same road we did yesterday on the way down. We reach again Col du Glandon and then we head towards Bourg d’Oisans to begin the last climb of the trip, and one of the most famous climbs in the Tour de France. Alpe d’Huez is the final climb with 21 hairpin curves, named after every winner at the top the climb in all Tour de France appearances.
Day 9: Bourg d'Oisans-Barcelona, 7 hours drive back to Barcelona
Claudio put a week tour together for our group of 8. Started in Girona, into the Pyrenees and into France, Andorra and ended on the Costa Brava. 100km plus per day. Great hotels and meals were arranged. The support van was always in the places it was needed. Highly recommended. Thanks Claudio