Topbike Tours - European Cycling Holiday Specialists

David Olle and Emma Colson

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2019 Climbs of the
Tour de France

TDF CLIMBS | July 5-15 2019

Ride the famous climbs of the Tour de France, from the Alps to the Pyrenees, including Mont Ventoux.

Not forgetting we’ll catch the 2019 TdF live on the tele most afternoons. 

With Topbikes ‘Climbs of the Tour de France’ we venture north into the Alps, above Grenoble (nearly into Switzerland) all the way down to the Pyrenees, for 10 days of pointing our bikes up many of the Le Tours grand climbs, all of which appear regularly in the big event. 

We move across the passes of Col du Joux Plane, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Port de Pailheres, Portet d’Aspet, Col de Mente, Col de Peyresourde, Hourquette d’Ancizan, Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet.

“Feast of Ascension” – Climbs of the Tour de France, with Topbike Tours

Starting from Grenoble we’ll have two days up in the valley near Morzine, before moving south to Valloire, which lies between Telegraphe and Galibier. Moving on from Valloire, our next stop is L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, close to Ventoux. From here we move to Camon, and climb the massive Port de Pailheres, before our final destination of Arreau, where the tour has passed many times.

Tour Price: $6150 (AUD) per person
[Places are limited to 13 clients in total (with 3 staff).]

Rides will average 80-100k per day, along with >1500m vertical per day.

2019 Topbike Tour de France TDF Climbs - July 5-15 2019

If we complete every ride we’ll have ridden close to 1,000k’s (and climbed over 15,000 metres) including:

  • Col du Joux Plane, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Port de Pailheres, Portet d’Aspet, Col de Mente, Col de Peyresourde, Hourquette d’Ancizan, Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet.
11 Days/10 Nights
July 5-15 2019 *
  • Destination

  • Tour Start / Finish

    Grenoble - Toulouse
  • Pick Up

    July 5 - Pickup 11.00am: Grenoble Railway Station
  • Drop Off

    July 15 - Drop off 11.00am: Toulouse Railway Station
  • Cycling Fitness/Experience

    Any + E-Bikes Available
1

Friday July 5: Day 1

11.00am pick up from Grenoble railway station. We’ll use the Topbike vans to travel to our accommodation at Samoens (180k, 2.5h). After everyone arrives and we have assembled bikes, we’ll roll out for ride in the local valley, all the way up to the valley head. Looping back around through the town of Samoens, surrounded by huge hills the entire ride.

Accommodation

Renovated French traditional farmhouse

Dining

In-house

Ride: 35km, 500m ascent

Terrain: 500m ascent mostly as we ride up to the head of the valley.

2

Saturday July 6: Day 2

Circuit De Joux-Plane. This ride offers stunning views, tough climbs and long descents. Only open in the summer, the first road climb is usually covered in snow from December to April. It was the penultimate climb in a 2016 TdF stage. Once we’re over the Joux-Plane we will descend into Morzine for a coffee, or maybe even a picnic. Here we’ll contemplate the sensibility of climbing up to Morzine d’Avoriaz. Either way, we return via Les Gets, and Taninges, which deliver us back to our own valley, where we finish with a flat ride home.
And let’s not forget the 2019 Tour de France starts today too, so we’ll be able to catch that live, on the tele.

Accommodation

Renovated French traditional farmhouse.

Dining

In-house

Ride: 85km, < 2500m ascent

Terrain: 2.5 big climbs as we go up, and over, into the neighbouring valley, following the TdF route of 2016. There’s a possibility to shorten the ride, if you leave out Morzine-Avoriaz, it’ll be just 1.5 climbs.

3

Sunday July 7: Day 3

We’ll transport out of Samoens this morning, and start our ride near Albertville (drive 90k, 2h). Here we’ll have a flat warm up, before climbing the Col du Madeleine, from the northern side. It’s a huge bite, with nearly 1600 metres vertical ascent, over 25k. Descending the other side we’ll head up the valley towards Italy, and turn right at St Michel du Maurienne, where we’ll climb the Col du Telegraphe. It’s not a huge mountain, but with the Madeleine in your legs, you’ll know all about it. At the base of Telgraphe is the town of Valloire, where we’ll be spending the night. It’s a spectacular valley, even more so at dusk.

Accommodation

Traditional ski hotel, in the town centre

Dining

In-house

Ride: 105km, < 3200m ascent

Terrain: Two huge climbs, with a big valley ride in between. The back up van will be with you all the way, so make use of it, it as you wish..

4

Monday July 8 : Day 4

Today’s ride is a replay (almost) of 2011’s TdF stage 19, where Cadel, under a lot of pressure, kept his cool, and positioned himself perfectly to win the Yellow Jersey on the following day. Their stage started in Modane, with the first climb being Telegraphe (from yesterday), and we’ll be starting on Galibier and finishing with Alpe d’Huez. It’s not a huge ride, at 85k, but there is a large amount of vertical. Two of the most famous climbs in cycling here. Post ride, we’ll be in the cars and off to our next destination, in Provence (3.5h, 300k).

Accommodation

Upmarket 4 star hotel in Provence, just south of Mont Ventoux.

Dining

In-house

Ride: 85km, < 2800m ascent

Terrain: two huge climbs, with a big valley (downhill) ride in between.

5

Tuesday July 9: Day 5

Mont Ventoux is on the menu today, so we’ll be up and out after breakfast on a 35k warm up to Bedoin. Here we commence the infamous 20k climb. Although the initial kilometres amble gently through the grapevines, before the shady forest envelopes us, it’s not long until we are on the bare and exposed upper moonscape parts of the climb, that we all know so well from the TV coverage we have watched over the years. Nothing compares to riding it though, under a hot Provencal sun. Later we’ll continue on to Sault before riding a scenic valley ride, leading back to our hotel.

Accommodation

Upmarket 4 star hotel in Provence, just south of Mont Ventoux.

Dining

In-house

Ride: 145km, < 2600m ascent

Terrain: one huge climb, followed by a scenic valley ride, downhill.

6

Wednesday July 10: Day 6

We’re on the road, transporting over towards the Pyrenees. We’ll stop near Limoux (drive 300k, 3.5h), enjoying a picnic, before we ride the final few k’s into Camon. We’ll arrive early, so we can spend a bit of time by the pool, before heading out for dinner.

Accommodation

Grand Chateau, beside an Abbey, in a very small town

Dining

Local Restaurant

Ride: 40km, < 1000m ascent

Terrain: one huge climb, followed by a scenic valley ride, downhill.

7

Thursday July 11: Day 7

Today we’ve got two choices, no. 1 is to tackle the penultimate climb of 2013’s stage 8. From Camon, it’s a beautiful loop starting through the Gorge of St George, to the base of Port de Pailhères, which at 2001 metres is rated ‘Hors Categorie’, ie an unclassified climb. Once on top we can enjoy a little picnic, before descending and turning right to finish off with a smaller climb. Here we can take the easy route home, back to the chateau again, via the Topbike van, or continue riding and complete the loop. Our second choice is the option to take it easy by the pool. Probably one to call on the day?

Accommodation

Grand Chateau, beside an Abbey, in a very small town

Dining

Local Restaurant

Ride: 145km, < 3000m ascent

Terrain: A scenic valley ride, before one huge climb, followed by one smaller climb.

In 2010 Christophe Riblon won stage 14, this from letour.com: The first stage in the Pyrenees did provide a showdown with the overall favourites as expected but there was only a little reshuffle of the top 10 of the general classification after the stage from Revel to Ax-3 Domaines. The story of the day was that an opportunist transformed himself into a winner. In 2008, Christophe Riblon’s best result was a silver medal in the points race of the track world championships, two years later he’s claimed a stage win in the world’s biggest road race. He escaped in the first 20km and held off the charge of the GC Brigade on the two huge mountains of stage 14.
8

Friday July 12: Day 8

We’re moving further west into the Pyrenees, about 200k in total. You can ride as much or as little as you like. However, if you want to ride the full distance, which includes about 3,800 metres of vertical, you will need to start EARLY. We recommend a ride of 85k, starting from St Lary, which still includes the final three climbs. Portet d’Aspet, Col de Mente (good picnic spot here) and a flat run down to Bagneres du Luchon before turning right to go up and over Col de Peyresourde. From Peyresourde, it’s pretty close to ‘downhill all the way’ into Arreau, where we will stop for three nights.

Accommodation

3 star hotel in the centre of town.

Dining

Restaurant In-House

Ride: < 199km, < 3800m ascent

Terrain: undulating to start, followed up with three big climbs to finish.

9

Saturday July 13: Day 9

In Arreau, there’s col d’Aspin just across the river, north of town, which has been used in Le Tour almost too many times to count. We can preface this with the climb of Hourquette d'Ancizan (used as the first Pyrenean climb in TdF 2016, in stage 9 2013 and in 2011’s stage 12) it’s a 45k loop with just under 1500m of ascent, that may suit us today. Our accommodation tonight is in Arreau, in a hotel we have used many times, conveniently located on a regular tour road. In fact Le Tour has passed out front of our hotel more than 30 times, in it’s vast history.

Accommodation

3 star hotel in the centre of town.

Dining

In-house Restaurant

Ride: 50km, < 1800m ascent

Terrain: one huge climb, followed by a scenic valley ride, downhill, before another not so huge climb. Great views all the way.

10

Sunday July 14: Day 10

Today we’ll ride out of Arreau, going over Aspin the opposite direction to yesterday, and have a crack at the eastern approach to Tourmalet. We’ll stop on top of the mountain, maybe enjoy a picnic, before turning around to return to Arreau. If you want to climb Aspin again on the way home, you’ll be well and truly shagged by the time you arrive, no doubt.

Accommodation

3 star hotel in the centre of town.

Dining

In-house Restaurant

Ride: 90km, < 3500m ascent Aspin-Tourmalet-Aspin*

Terrain: *more than enough for anyone, on the last day...

11

Monday July 15: Day 11

It’s pack up time for all, we’ll be on the road soon after breakfast, so we can be at Toulouse railway station by 11.00am (85k, 1h) to ensure everyone makes their next connections. doubt.
If we complete every ride we’ll have ridden close to 1,000k’s (and climbed over 15,000 metres) including: Col du Joux Plane, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Port de Pailheres, Portet d’Aspet, Col de Mente, Col de Peyresourde, Hourquette d’Ancizan, Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet.

2019 Climbs of the Tour de France

Feast of Ascension - "Eat-Drink-Ride-Suffer"

PassHeightAscent in metresGradient %Distance
Col du Joux Plane1691m989m8.5%11.6 km
Col de la Madeleine1993m1543m6.3% 24.54 km
Col du Telegraphe1566m856m7.3% 11.8 km
Col du Galibier2646m1245m6.9%18.1 km
Alpe d’Huez1815m1071m8.1%13.2 km
Mont Ventoux1912m1622m7.1%22.7km
Port de Pailheres2001m1466m7.9%15.5km
Portet d’Aspet1069m594m4.2%14.31km
Col de Mente1345m676m6.2%10.88km
Col de Peyresourde1569m939m6.1%15.27km
Hourquette d’Ancizan1564m740m7.5%9.9 km
Col d’Aspin1489m642m5%12.8km
Col du Tourmalet2115m1268m7.4%17.2km

If we complete every ride we’ll have ridden close to 1,000k’s (and climbed over 15,000 metres) including:

  • Col du Joux Plane, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Port de Pailheres, Portet d’Aspet, Col de Mente, Col de Peyresourde, Hourquette d’Ancizan, Col d’Aspin and Col du Tourmalet.

2019 Topbike Climbs of the Tour de France | July 5–15

Starting from Grenoble we’ll have two days up in the valley near Morzine, before moving south to Valloire, which lies between Telegraphe and Galibier. Moving on from Valloire, our next stop is L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, close to Ventoux. From here we move to Camon, and climb the massive Port de Pailheres, before our final destination of Arreau, where the tour has passed many times.
(*NB: Locations shown are approximate only.)