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Raid Alpine 2025

7 nights

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Available dates

14th June - 21st June 2025

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Key Features of 8 day Tour

Raid Alpine with Sportive Breaks

Six days riding from Thonon in the northern Alps over some of the most famous climbs in cycling including the Roselend, Madeleine, Galibier, Izoard & Bonnette. We finish on the Cote d’Azur after a truly epic week of riding.

The most famous cycling terrain on the planet, the Alps is home to the biggest stages of the Tour de France every year and dozens of climbs are steeped in cycling history. Over this week we ride from Thonon to Nice taking in classic climbs and some great local routes. We start over the beautiful Cormet de Roselend before hitting the long Col de l’Iseran. Next up comes the Telegraph / Galibier before the legendary Col d’Izoard. In the Southern Alps we tackle the Vars, Col de la Couillole and Col Saint-Roch before finishing on the coast in Nice. As cycling weeks go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this.

Available 2025 dates

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What's Included?

Accommodation

7 nights in 2/3* hotels across the Alps

Included Meals

Breakfast & dinners (budget €10 for lunch)

Guided Rides

6 rides supported by our service van

Bike Rental

Optional bike rental is available for the tour

Transfers

Transfers from Geneva (GVA) & to Nice (NCE)

Mechanic

Expert mechanic on hand at all times

Itinerary

Day One - Arrival

Date

14th of June 2025

Location

Thonon-les-Bains
Hairpin curves on the route of the Alpe d'Huez Weekender

We will have a transfer at a set time leaving Geneva airport (GVA) which will take you to Thonon. If you wish to book a private transfer, please contact us via hello@sportivebreaks.com to book.

Throughout the day our mechanic will be on hand to assist you with your bike build, and if you arrive early enough there’s time to take yourself on an unguided spin around the lake.

Dinner will be at the hotel.

Daily Highlights

Ride

Potential to stretch the legs if you arrive early enough.

Meals

Dinner

Day Two - Thonon to Flumet

Date

15th of June 2025

Location

Flumet / Praz-sur-Arly
Beautiful scenery which can be viewed during the Alpe d'Huez Weekender

Our first day starts by leaving Thonon-les-Bains and heading towards Morzine and the first climb of the day the Col de Joux Plane, this climb featured in the 2023 Tour de France. After the decent we will have some respite before taking on the Col de la Colombiere and the Col des Aravis. We will finish at the hotel in Praz-sur-Arly/Flumet and refuel with dinner at the hotel.

Daily Highlights

Ride

Start: Thonon-les-Bains

Finish: Flumet / Praz-sur-Arly

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

DISTANCE & eLEVATION

126KM & 3,293M

Ride Rating

Day Three - Flumet to Bessans

Date

16th of June 2025

Location

Bessans

After breakfast we will leave Flumet and head south towards the Col des Saisies to warm up the legs before we take on the Cormet de Roseland, over 20km in length and 1260m of elevation. Enjoy the decent and the flat before the mighty Col de I’Iseran, the highest paved mountain pass in France. The climb is 46.9KM long with 2045m of elevation. Passing through the popular ski resort Val-d’Isere at the half way point there is a few KM where the road flattens out before the climb to the summit. We will then descend to the hotel in Bessans. We will have dinner together and a well deserved toast to the achievements of the day.

Daily Highlights

Ride

Start: Flumet / Praz-sur-Arly

Finish: Bessans

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

DISTANCE & eLEVATION

140KM & 4,444M

Ride Rating

Day Four - Bessans to Briancon

Date

17th of June 2025

Location

Briancon 

Todays ride will start off with a long decent to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne. Here is the start of todays climb, the Col du Galibier. 34.8km in length with 2069m of elevation and gradients reaching 13%. Featured many times in the Tour de France this really is a bucket list climb. Once completed we will descend to Briancon where we will rest for the evening.

Daily Highlights

Ride

Start: Bessans

Finish: Briancon

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

DISTANCE & eLEVATION

122km & 2,393M

Ride Rating

Day Five - Briancon to Barcelonnette

Date

18th of June 2025

Location

Barcelonette

After breakfast we will head out on todays ride and we don’t have much road before the first climb of the day. Heading up the col d’Izoard from Briancon is a tough but epic climb with stunning views from the bottom then after the forest section the view emerge and stunning scenery helps to get through the last few km. There isn’t much flat in today ride so after descending the route takes us in the Col de Vars, 18.8km long and 1112m of elevation. The start is tough with parts reaching 12%. We end our ride in Barcelonette, the largest town in the Ubaye Valley. 

Daily Highlights

Ride

Start: Briancon

Finish: Barcelonnette

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

DISTANCE & eLEVATION

100KM & 2,494M

Ride Rating

Day Six - Barcelonette to St Sauveurs/Tinee

Date

19th of June 2025

Location

St Sauveurs/Tinee

Leaving Barcelonette we head up the Col de la Cayolle, 27km in length and a total ascent of 1198m this is a gentle climb to start with but with a kicker finish at around 6% for the last 5km. The route then takes us through Guillaumes and towards the Col de la Couillole. This climb featured in the 2024 edition of the Tour de France and is the final climb in the Etape du Tour. At 28.8km long and 1376m of climbing the majority of which is at a steady gradient at the top and bottom, just watch out for the kickers in the middle! We will head to St Sauveurs/Tinee where we will arrive at the hotel for our evening meal.

Daily Highlights

Ride

Start: Barcelonnette

Finish: Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinee

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

DISTANCE & eLEVATION

106KM & 2,588M

Ride Rating

Day Seven - St Sauveurs/Tinee to Nice

Date

20th of June 2025

Location

Nice
Cyclists negotiating a mountain pass during the Alpe d'Huez Weekender

Today is our final ride, starting from St Sauveurs, our route takes us the final stretch where we will finish at the Mediterranean sea in Nice. The route passes over Col Saint-Martin, a 16.6km climb and 1023m of elevation. Used in multiple editions of Paris Nice. At the top you will enjoy some beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. We then head south over the Col Saint-Roch a 25.1km climb with 1013m of elevation. We then finish our ride and week of cycling in Nice. We will spend last evening together and celebrate an epic week in the French Alps.

Daily Highlights

Ride

Start: Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinee

Finish: Nice

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

DISTANCE & eLEVATION

130KM & 2,867M

Ride Rating

Day Eight - Departure Day

Date

21st of June 2025

Location

Nice

A lazy morning with time to reflect on the mighty journey you’ve taken from the start back in Thonon. From the great climbs to the winding descends, you’ve taken it all on to get to the Cote d’Azur. It’s now time to pack the bikes before a transfer to Nice airport.

Daily Highlights

Meals

Breakfast

More About Our Tour

The most famous cycling terrain on the planet, the Alps is home to the biggest stages of the Tour de France every year and dozens of climbs are steeped in cycling history. Over this week we ride from Thonon to the Cote d’Azur, taking in classic climbs and some great local routes. Starting near lake Geneva and finishing by the Mediterranean Sea, in between you’ll tackle the Col de Joux Plane, Coremet de Roseland, Galibier, Izoard and Col de la Couillole along with several other climbs.

Fly into Geneva and out of Nice. Our team will meet you in arrivals in Geneva and all transfers include bike boxes. We drive bike boxes down to Nice and drop off all day on Sunday for your return flight.

Make it Private

This tour 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: hello@sportivebreaks.co.uk

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Highlights from the Past Event

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