Introduction to Alpine
- 7 Nights
Alpine riding basics for the first timer or for those wishing to gain more confidence in the high mountains.
The week will start out nice and steady, we will talk about clothing and group riding in the mountains after breakfast before we head out on the first ride.
During your stay there will be workshops on all aspects of riding and fitness/strength training, these are informal and we encourage audience participation!
As the week progresses the rides will gradually get a little harder as you gain experience and confidence. The aim for the last ride will be to take on the Col de Joux Plane; 11.7 km long with an average percentage of 8.5% and a maximum gradient of 10%. The views of the Mont Blanc Massive from the top are breathtaking.
Whilst in Morzine it is worth taking the opportunity to do some other activities, check out the Important Information page for more details.
Tour de France Week
Arrive on the Saturday, if there is time maybe a quick spin can be done to loosen the legs after the journey.
The week will start with a steady ride over some smaller passes, getting everyone tuned into riding on the wrong side of the road and adjusting to the altitude.
Wednesday will be a day out to watch some of Stage 10, Mâcon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. After traveling in our vehicles to a spot closer to the stage we will ride out to watch the riders attacking the Col du Grand Columbier, and hopefully attacking each other too!
By the end of the week we will have a few km’s under our tyres and will have ticked off some big climbs like the Colombière (1613m), Saisies (1657m), Ramaz (1610m), Joux Plane (1700m).
We aim to stop only briefly to regroup occasionally and to refuel from the support vehicle; this week is all about ride quality.
Every evening there will be workshops on aspects that effect your riding e.g. flexibility, strength training, nutritional considerations and lifestyle.
Return home on Saturday with tired legs, silly tan lines and some swag from the Tour!