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Sportive Date 21st July 2019
Nights Available 3-7 nights
Orwell Wheelers Etape Albertville France
3-7 nights B&B
Entry to Etape du Tour
Return Airport Transfers
Full ride support
Optional Extras Bike Rental
Sportive Overview
Orwell Wheelers Etape By Sportive Breaks
Routes & FAQs
Travel Packages
Tour Overview

Orwell Wheelers Etape

The worlds most famous sportive followed by three classic days of riding in the Alps culminating with watching the Tour on the Galibier. The trip is in two parts. Starting in Savoie, our team will help set your bikes up and then lead a warm up ride before a pre Etape brief detailing best tips and strategies for the sportive. On the Sunday there will be an early transfer to the start and you will then see us on the course at a private feed station.
For those staying for the week, we have a rest day followed by three of the best rides in the Alps. First up is a ride over the Madeleine, Telegraph & Galibier to our new base in Briancon. Then we head to Alpe d'Huez to take on the Sarenne & Alpe before finishing with the Izoard & Galibier where the trip concludes with beers and a picnic watching the Tour.

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Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Ride the Etape du Tour

    There is no feeling quite like finishing the Etape. Ride with people from all over the world, a peloton of 15,000 international riders. This year the sportive replicated the final stage of the Tour and looks like being a tough one!

  • Classic Alps Climbs

    After the Etape, take a well earned rest day and then we have back to back to back classic Alpine rides taking in the Madeleine, Telegraph, Galibier, Sarenne, Alpe d'Huez and Izoard.

  • Watch the Tour on the Galibier

    Probably the most famous of all climbs in the Alps, the Galibier is one of the highest passes in Europe and will be decisive in the Tour. We set up base here for beers and a picnic to watch the race go by.


The most famous sportive in the world followed by some classic Alps climbs and then watching the Tour come through on the mighty Galibier. Road cycling at it's very best.

Why Book With Us

  • Years of Etape & Alps experience
  • Private feed stations on the Etape
  • Expert team of guides, mechanics & hosts


Friday July 19th

Arrival day. Our host will meet you at Geneva airport for the 90 minute transfer. Our mechanics are on hand at the hotel to help set up bikes.

Saturday July 20th

A guided warm up spin in the morning to make sure all the bikes are working fine. Collect race packs from the race village and then our briefing is at 6pm.

Sunday July 21st

Etape day. Transfer to the race start in the morning and then its a long day in the saddle.

Monday July 22nd

Departure day for people booking 3 night package. Rest day for everyone else. We have an optional ride or visit the spa in Brides les Bains to get your body ready for the next 3 days.

Tuesday July 23rd

The first of three big rides. We head out of Moutiers over the Col de la Madeleine, then along the valley and over the Telegraph & Galibier. Lunch is provided on the road. For all our riders you will be led by an expert guide, supported by a mechanic in support vehicle and with regular feed stations along the way.
The day finishes in our next destination - Briancon.

Wednesday July 24th

Alpe d'Huez day. We ride from Briancon along the valley and descend the very fun Col du Lauteret before climbing the beautiful Sarenne. We then descend the first part of Alpe d'Huez before taking the road past Villard Reculas and then taking on the famous 21 hairpins. We get a transfer back to Briancon to save the legs.

Thursday July 25th

Tour day. We start early with an optional ride to the Izoard (highly recommended) before hitting the Galibier. Our team will find the best spot to set up to watch the race with beers and a picnic. Take your seat, grab a beer and cheer on your favourite rider in what is sure to be a huge stage in the Tour.

Friday July 26th

Departure day. Our transfer leaves Briancon at 12pm to get to Geneva at 3pm for your flight.

Choose the hotel

Hotel Le WelcomeHotel Mont Brison

Hotel Le Welcome

33 Rue Greyffié de Bellecombe, 73600 Moutiers, France

  • Secure bike storage
  • Mechanic on site
  • Friendly staff
About the Hotel

A great option for the Etape located in between the start and finish towns.

Hotel Mont Brison

3 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 05100 Briançon, France

  • Secure bike storage
  • Central location in Briancon
About the Hotel

Briancon is a great cycling base with the Izoard & Galibier on the doorstep. The Mont Brison is a popular cycling hotel with good breakfasts and a great location in Briancon.

Other Services

  • Bike Rental

    We have a range of Scott bikes from 105, Ultegra and Dura Ace to hire. These will be at the hotel waiting for you and our mechanics will get you fitted on arrival.

Routes & FAQs

The Routes

Full route info for the Etape is announced on October 25th. This is expected to be one of the hardest Etapes in years with two long climbs and a finish well over 2,000m.

Choose the Route


Frequently Asked Questions

Getting There

Flights are in and out of Geneva. The first transfer is around 90 minutes and coming back from Briancon is closer to 3 hours.

Documents Required

For the Etape you must have a signed medical certificate to collect your race pack. We will send a template. You will also need to sign up for an account with ASO (the event organisers) and print off a form with your race number. We will send reminders of all this before you leave.

What to Pack

A week in the mountains where the weather is always likely to change. We go over 2,000m a lot so bring layers (arm warmers, gilet, lightweight jackets). You can leave extra layers in the support van. We recommend bringing a spare rear hanger as these are hard to source and can damage in transit.
Travel Packages

Popular Packages

You can choose from the 3 night package just taking in the Etape du Tour or the 7 night with 4 nights in Moutiers and 3 nights in Briancon. For each option you can book a private room for one person, private room for two people or a shared twin room where you will be sharing with someone else in the club.
Our support team includes ride guides, mechanics and a tour leader so you will be supported all the way through. The hotels are bed & breakfast and we provide lunch on the three Alps rides at the end. Dinners are at your own cost, we will book restaurants each night for you.

All Packages Include:

  • 3 or 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts & some lunches
  • Etape du Tour entry
  • Transfers for you & your bike
3 Nights: 19 - 22nd Jul 20197 Nights: 19 - 26th Jul 2019
Summary Price Quantity Total  

Private Single Room
Return airport transfers
Etape du Tour entry

£629 £629 Book Now

Shared Twin Room
Return airport transfers
Etape du Tour entry

£529 £529 Book Now

Private Twin / Double Room for 2 People
2 x Return airport transfers
2 x Etape du Tour entry

£1049 £1049 Book Now
Summary Price Quantity Total  

Private Single Room
4 nights in Moutiers, 3 nights in Briancon
Return Airport Transfers
Full Ride Support
Etape du Tour Entry

£1399 £1399 Book Now

Shared Twin Room
4 nights in Moutiers, 3 nights in Briancon
Return Airport Transfers
Full Ride Support
Etape du Tour Entry

£1199 £1199 Book Now

Private Twin / Double Room for 2 people
4 nights in Moutiers, 3 nights in Briancon
2 x Return Airport Transfers
Full Ride Support
2 x Etape du Tour Entry

£2399 £2399 Book Now
Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

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