The Epic France Italy is the backbone of Kiwi Style Bike Tours.  It remains the most popular European Tour for those wanting to tick off the most legendary climbs of cycling folklore.  We start in France with the beauty of Lake Annecy and climb our way through the French Alps.  Then we’re into Italy, via Lake Como, the Italian Alps and the Dolomites.  Epic rides, Epic scenery and Epic climbs.

 

15 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Limited
$5495

The Epic France-Italy itinerary includes the following locations and rides:

  • 3 nights St Jean de Sixt, France:

Here we have three rides to get the legs into the swing of things.  We ride around the stunning Lake Annecy.  We’ll give you an introduction to alpine climbing including Col de la Colombiere, Col d’Arpettaz and Col des Aravis.  We then turn the climbing up a notch for the fourth ride, ticking off the famous french climbs Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez.

  • 2 nights Alps d’Huez, France:

There’s more mountains to tackle while we are in the heart of this most famous mountain region of France – and day five ticks off the Col du Glandon and Croix de Fer and another shot at Alpe d’Huez for those brave enough.  Day six is a well earned rest day while we transfer to Lake Como.  On arrival we enjoy settling into the lifestyle of the rich and famous for the afternoon.

  • 2 nights Lake Como. Italy:

This is a ride to be soaked up and enjoyed – weaving in and out of the picturesque villages of Lake Como and wowing at the lakeside villas.  The climb up the Ghisallo is worth every drop of sweat.  At the top is the spiritual home of cycling: the chapel of la Madonna del Ghisallo (the Patron Saint of Cycling). After a lunch stop in Bellagio we have various great options for the trip back to Como – biking around the lake is irresistible, but so is the boat ride.  The tough choices we have to make in this part of the world!!

  • 3 nights Bormio. Italy:

Nestled in the Italian Alps, we have on our doorstep for the next four rides – Passo Gavia, Livigno, Lago di Cancano and the high point of this tour – the famous Passo dello Stelvio at 2758m above sea level.  All this stunning climbing is an absolute visual feast, but the legs might begin to get a bit wary.  Luck would have it, the local Roman baths are the perfect way to recover. Relax! Enjoy! We ride again tomorrow!

  • 4 nights Cortina d’Ampezzo. Italy:

Our final three rides are in the Italian Dolomites – a visually spectacular area that rewards every bit of effort to get to the view points.  We’ve got an easy ride to Lake Misurina on the cards – but we can put a sting in its tail for those who want to test their climbing legs.  The Passo Giau has one of the most rewarding views at its crest (to be enjoyed with a famous hot chocolate).   The Sottoguda Gorge is at it’s most enjoyable when tackled at a leisurely pace – save the energy for the upper parts of the Fedaia.  The jewel in the crown is the Sella Ring – the loop of Passo Gardena, Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi and Passo Campolongo, for the ultimate day on the bike.

 

Each Kiwi Style Bike Tour has a full ride itinerary, which includes shorter ride options where practicable.  We provide an atmosphere where no ride is compulsory and can advise which rides to shorten to ensure you enjoy all of the features of this tour.  We have the experience and knowledge of the areas to make changes and adjustments to ensure the best cycling experience.  We are in high alpine areas and weather can have a major impact on ride options.  We aim to accommodate the needs and abilities of all riders in each group and will recommend changes accordingly.

Highlights:

  • Riding in the mountains around Lake Annecy
  • The climbs made famous through Tour de France history – Alpe d’Huez, Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier.
  • The stunning Lake Como.
  • Legendary Italian climbs Passo di Gavia and Passo dello Stelvio.
  • Recover in the Bormio Roman baths.
  • The spectacular Dolomites.
  • The Sella Ring.

Bike Hire:

We have a limited amount of Scott full carbon (or equivalent) road bikes for hire.

The price for an Epic France Italy Tour bike hire is $580.00

Difficulty rating:

The Epic France-Italy is rated 4 star, with numerous alpine climbs on most riding days.  While you don’t need to be a racer you will need to have a very good standard of fitness to enjoy this tour.

This tour has one full rest day scheduled in the itinerary – but remember no rides are compulsory.

What’s included in the tour package?

  • 14 nights’ share twin accommodation.
  • All breakfasts while on tour.
  • 12 dinners while on tour.
  • All transport and transfers while on tour.
  • Pick up from Annecy train station.
  • Drop off to Marco Polo airport, Venice.
  • Guided cycle rides.
  • Support van on most rides.
  • One Kiwi Style Bike Tours cycle top and bib shorts.

Not included in the tour package:

Airfares, travel insurance and meals unless indicated.

 

The Epic France Italy is limited to a maximum of 14 people.

 

Our Guiding Team

Richy Carolan

Tour Guide

Richy has been guiding for Kiwi Style since 2012. He is at home on the high alpine mountains - descending them anyway. He is the muscle of the team of guides, providing a great draft on the flat rides and friendly banter when the road starts pointing upwards. Richy will...

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Brent Williams

Tour Guide

Brent joins our Kiwi Style team for the first time in 2018. Having competed in the famous New Zealand road and mountain bike events like Le Race, Grape Ride, Motutapu, Abel Tasman Challenge, he is now ready to take on the real mountain terrain of Europe. While most of the...

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Chris Brooks

Tour Guide

Brooksie is the straight shooting, no nonsense character of the Kiwi Style guides. Coming from a successful rowing background, he knows how to hurt on the bike. Now based in the Southern Lakes district of New Zealand, Brooksie has mixed road and mountain bike miles to refine his skills. While...

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The awesome switch backs of the climb to Lago di Cancano. Epic France Italy.
Almost over the top on a stunning day on the Col de Telegraph in 2016.
If you're going to take the time to climb it - take the time to enjoy the spoils!
Morning mist on the Aravis.
The lads into their work on the King of the Alps Tour 2017.
Diana and Mate tackling the Telegraphe. Epic France-Italy 2016.
Great views all around Como. Epic France-Italy 2016.
Lake Como- great for bikes and boats. Epic France-Italy 2016.
A stunner on Como. Epic France-Italy 2016.
The Pas de la Confession balcony gives a great view over Bourg d'Oisans.
Great views along the balcony.
So inviting - Passo Fedaia. Epic France-Italy.
Richy conquering the Gavia. Epic France-Italy 2016.
Mate riding the Sella road carpet. Epic France-Italy 2016.
What a view. Epic France-Italy 2016.
Passo dello Stelvio. Epic France-Italy.
Isolated and Epic.
What's not to love about the riding your bike?
Tough climb but well worth the views.
The jewel in the crown of the Dolomites.
Rugged and isolated - a cyclists dream.
Up and into the alpine mist.
Epic climb. Epic views.
Neil and Phil tick of the most famous bucket list climb in cycling.

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