Sportive Breaks

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Discover the Dauphine

4 nights

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Available for groups on request

Weekender challenge

From

£949 GBP

Discover the Dauphine with Sportive Breaks

The Sportive Breaks Cycling Weekender is a four-night trip for avid amateur sports cyclists to iconic cycling destinations such as Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Mallorca, Calpe, the Dolomites, the Stelvio and the French Alps.
This is the perfect long weekend for avid amateur cyclists and the same tried and tested formula can be expected in each destination. All weekenders are hosted by local riders and in Italy you can even ride with a former Giro d’Italia stage winner! Riders arrive on Wednesday and go on to enjoy 4 to 5 days in the saddle, taking in a combination of classic world-renowned cols and climbs made famous by the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. We also introduce some undiscovered climbs favoured by local riders.

Dauphine Weekender

Come and some of the famous roads in the French Alps, the routes take in some that are featured in pro race, Criterium du Dauphine. You will ride some of the famous Tour de France climbs whilst taking in the stunning mountain scenery. On day three our route will take us up the mighty Col de la Loze, which featured in the 2023 Tour de France and defined the race. 

Make it private

This Weekender is available as a private tour for groups. If the dates don’t suit you then please contact us with your requirements and we can advise on departure dates to suit your group. Email us:  [email protected] 

Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking.

Bucket list climbs: Ride the Relais du Chat, Col du Frene and the epic Col de la Loze

What's Included?

Accomodation

4 nights in a 3*hotel

Included Meals

All breakfast & dinners (budget €10 for lunch)

Guided Rides

5 fully supported rides

Mechanic

Expert mechanics on-hand all weekend

Transfer

Return transfers from Geneva at set times. Private transfers available on request.

Additional Services - Bike Rentals

French Alps Gallery

Packages and Prices

Come and some of the famous roads in the French Alps, the routes take in some that are featured in pro race, Criterium du Dauphine. You will ride some of the famous Tour de France climbs whilst taking in the stunning mountain scenery. On day three our route will take us up the mighty Col de la Loze, which featured in the 2023 Tour de France and defined the race. 

Prices

  • £949 per person based on two people sharing a twin (2 single beds) and 1 double room (1 bed for couple)
  • £1149 based on single occupancy of a room

 

Included with your weekend

  • 4 nights at hotel La Masion Rouge
  • Daily breakfasts and evening meals
  • All taxes are included
  • Return airport transfers from Geneva International Airport 
  • Daily guided rides with Mike, our tour leader
  • The services of our bike guide and bike mechanic
  • Detailed itinerary
  • ABTA protected

Also available

  • Private transfers on request
  • Bike rental, options below are all carbon frame with Ultegra Di2;
  • Lapierre Carbon or similar for £265
  • Lapierre Carbon Xelius or similar for £310
  • Lapierre E-Sensium or similar for £455

Itinerary

Please arrange to meet us at our hotel in Chambery. We are staying at hotel La Maison Rouge on half board basis.

You will have time to check in, have some lunch and set your bike up. A mechanic will be on hand should you have any issues setting your bike up. We will then enjoy a steady 30 – 40km warm up ride taking you through local vineyards and along the lakeside. 

Airport transfers

Included with your 2024 Dauphine Weekender, we offer airport transfers for you, your luggage, and your bike from Geneva airport at set times. If you wish to make use of these then you are required to book your flights in line with our transfer timings.

Please note the transfer times below and please consider these when booking your flights. Please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time ahead of our transfer time. We cannot always guarantee that we can wait for you if you arrive late.

Please note that we can’t provide refunds if you decide not to make use of our airport transfers.

Please see attached Transfer sheet

ARRIVAL TRANSFER AT 11:00 ON WEDNESDAY

We will depart Geneva Airport at 11.00, so please book a flight that lands in Geneva before this time. We will arrive at our hotel in Chambery around 12.10.

TRANSFER DURATION OF 75 MINUTES
BOOKING A PRIVATE TRANSFER:

Should you wish us to arrange a private transfer for you (at your own cost) from Geneva, Lyon or any other airport to Chambery, please contact us on +44 (0) 161 676 0390 |  [email protected]

After breakfast at the hotel we will head out for our first day in the mountains. The route will take you over the Granier to Lake Aiguebelette. Here, you will have some stunning views of the Savoie mountains behind the beautiful waters of the lake. Today you will also ride a HC climb that was featured in the 2017 Tour de France, Relais de Chat. 

Today’s ride: 110km. Elevation: 2600m

Today’s ride will start after a 45 minute transfer to Albertville, offering the perfect start location for an epic ride. You will take on the famous mountain pass, standing at 2304m the Col de la Loze is the seventh highest mountain pass in France. The climb featured in the 2020 and 2023 Tour de France. At the top you will be rewarded with some stunning views and some serious bragging rights for completing the mighty Col de la Loze. 

Today’s ride: 130km. Elevation: 3000m

Bauges mountains stretch from Annecy to Chambery. Starting from the hotel, today’s route will take you through part of the Bauges mountains including climbing the Col du Ferene. This climb featured in the 2019 Criterium du Dauphine on stage 6 and the 2001 Tour de France on stage 10. 

Tonight we will have dinner as a group to celebrate the trips achievements. 

To make sure we can fit in plenty of riding on this trip please (where possible) book a later flight so you can join us on our final ride. The route will be 45 km and 800m of elevation heading towards Granier and back to the hotel. 

RETURNING HOME – DEPARTURE FROM CHAMBERY AT 15:00PM ON SUNDAY

Please consider the 1 hour 15 minutes transfer time to Geneva Airport together with the 2-hour check-in requirement. Please book return flights that depart after 18:15pm from Geneva Airport.

TRANSFER DURATION OF 75 MINUTES

BOOKING A PRIVATE TRANSFER:

Should you wish us to arrange a private transfer for you (at your own cost) from Geneva, Lyon or any other airport to Chambery, please contact us on +44 (0) 161 676 0390 |  [email protected]

 

More About the Event

The Criterium du Dauphine is famously known as a pre-cursor to the Tour. Whilst the race is held in high stature itself, it often shows who is in the best form heading into the big one the following month. By riding the same roads as the pros, this unique tour can be used as an early summer training camp. This trip is situated in a stunning part of the French Alps and allows you to ride some epic climbs. Mike, your expert guide for this tour, lives local to the area and has chosen the best roads and climbs the area has to offer. 

You're in safe hands

We have a team of highly experienced professionals who have been organising cycling trips for over 25 years. We are members of ABTA and ATOL so book with confidence.

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Logistics covered

We know the routes, we know the roads. We know how the event works and the best hotels for the start and finish. We organise everything for you; transfers, bike transport, additional feed stops, rep support and more.

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