2019 ETAPE DU TOUR
JULY 21: ALBERTVILLE TO VAL THORENS IN THE ALPS!
Most American's first heard about the L'Etape du Tour in the August 2005 issue of Bicycling Magazine when Executive Editor-in-Chief, Bill Strickland, wrote an unforgettable story about his experience in the Pyrenees with his wife, Beth, as they rode that year's edition with us as their host company (see top left photo). Since that time, we have been featured in numerous national publications for our Etape du Tour vacations such as the New York Times, Bloomberg's Financial, SI.com, Active.com, and others. We are excited to be returning to this incredible event in 2019!
Riding the L'Etape du Tour ("Stage of the Tour" in English) is to spend one day inside the world's toughest bike race on roads that have seen over 100 years of history. This sense of place is something that can't be replicated anywhere else in the world. In addition, you will savor riding on closed roads through postcard villages where you will be cheered by thousands while you feel the presence of Merckx, Anquetil, Coppi, Hinault, Lemond and others. It will give you goosebumps! Other highlights include fueling up at private and "official" feed zones, Mavic's on-road support, and the experience of our international team that has close to 15 years at the "Etape." When you cross the Finish Line, you will know that you have accomplished a dream ride unlike any other!
FULLY-SUPPORTED TRIP DETAILS
Dates: July 18-22
Length: 5 days / 4 nights
Location: Brides-les-Bains, France. This is at the base of the final climb to Val Thorens featuring our three-star deluxe hotel.
Space Available: Hurry! Only 3 double rooms left!
Price (based on double occupancy): $3,699.00 per rider, $3,459.00 per non-rider (includes daily cultural excursions and transportation on the day of the Etape)
Single Supplement: $850.00
Meeting Point: Geneva Intl Airport, Geneva
Drop-Off Point: Geneva Intl Airport, Geneva
July 18 - Welcome to Geneva! / Transfer to Brides-les-Bains.
Following our meeting at Geneva Intl Airport at 10 am, we will transfer down to the French Alps and the spa village of Bride-les-Bains. Upon our arrival, check-in to our three-star deluxe hotel for the next four nights and build up your bike with the assistance of our professional mechanics. Later, we’ll go for a short spin to loosen up before our “Welcome Meeting and Dinner” this evening!
July 19 - Morning Ride / Etape du Tour Registration.
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and coffee before a ride in the nearby French Alps to loosen up your legs and to make sure your bike is perfectly tuned. Following lunch on your own, we’ll transfer to Albertville (30 minutes) so you register for the Etape du Tour, get your timing chip, and shop for souvenirs. Afterwards, we’ll return to our hotel where you can watch the Stage 19 Individual Time Trial before our group dinner this evening.
July 20 - Morning Ride / Private Feed Zone Prep / Etape du Tour Briefing.
Following breakfast, enjoy one last final spin in the foothills of the Alps to make sure you’re all ready to go for tomorrow! This afternoon, relax and stay off your feet while watching the Tour’s Stage 14 that finishes atop the Tourmalet! Later this afternoon, we’ll collect your Private Feed Zone Bags at our Etape du Tour Briefing and review all of the details for tomorrow. Afterwards, fuel up for your big day at our group dinner before getting to bed early!
July 21 - 2019 Etape du Tour: Albertville to Val Thorens!
After an early wake-up and breakfast, we’ll transfer you to Albertville for the start of the 2019 Etape du Tour! During the course of the day, we’ll see you on the course at our private feed zone as you make your way to the finish at the summit of Val Thorens! This evening, we’ll celebrate your day and your epic adventure with a festive “Farewell Dinner!”
July 22 - Transfer to Geneva.
Enjoy a final morning in the Alps before we transfer you to Geneva and our airport hotel where you can get an evening flight home or extend your trip in Europe to see the Tour de France or explore elsewhere.
Guaranteed Etape du Tour Entry
Four-nights in our three-star deluxe hotel in Brides-les-Bains, France.
Daily, fully-supported rides prior to the Etape du Tour.
Professional mechanical support.
Etape du Tour Registration Assistance.
Bi-Lingual staff who have all ridden the Etape du Tour in the past.
Etape du Tour Briefing.
Private feed zone.
Daily cultural excursions for all non-riders with our bi-lingual guide. Lunches are included.
Transfers for non-riders on the day of the Etape du Tour so they can see their loved ones on the course.
Professional cycling jersey.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Etape du Tour Souvenirs
Incidentals such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
July 18-22, 2019
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding this trip via the form below. If you would like to reserve space, then please go to our Reservation Page. Thanks!