After the pick up from Cluses train station, we welcome you to the world famous mountain playground of Morzine. Unpack the bags and get the legs into a good opening warm up with the steady gradients up to Avoriaz. On the next two rides we take in the stunning local scenery with a mixture of terrain including the infamous Col du Joux Plan and the pleasant valleys of the Jambaz. By ride four you’ll be so in love with the scenery you’ll want to ride to our next destination – so lets do it. All that stands between Morzine and St Jean de Sixt are a few bumps – including the Col de la Colombiere. Save something for those last 6km and then enjoy the magnificent descent to our next hotel.
Welcome to one of the most beautiful places on earth – the Savoie department of the French Alps. So many choices on our doorstep for our fifth and sixth rides we won’t know what to do with ourselves. The list includes Lake Annecy, Col de la Croix Fry, Col des Aravis as well as fitting in a Tour de France stage that just happens to be going past our hotel. We promise we will find time to sleep amongst all this riding!! With a Tour de France rest day also in Annecy, this area will be a cycling mecca during our stay. Around here it IS all about the bike (and cheese).
Ride seven – okay, we know we said you’ll want to ride to the next destination, but this one is a bit ambitious. We’ll let you do the tough part though, as it just so happens that a couple of legendary climbs are on the way. Get into your rhythm on the Col du Télégraphe, have a quick recovery, then give it all you’ve got on the Col du Galibier. Up at 2645m altitude you know you’ve ticked off a big one. Good news – it’s all down hill to our next hotel at Le Grave.
Our hotel at La Grave has magnificent views up to the glaciers across the valley. It also gives us great access to the most mythical day of cycling – a Tour de France stage finish atop Alpe d’hues. Ride eight will be a day to remember – the atmosphere, the excitement, the world’s craziest cycling fans cheering on the skinny guys. For the true cycling fan this is the ultimate bucket list day out. Great news – for ride nine we will let you ride to our next hotel – the top of Alpe d’Huez.
One location that needs no introduction to any cyclist. Over the next four days we will climb and descend until our heart is content. The ride options around Alpe d’Huez seem endless. We’ll try to scratch the surface as far as we can – the upper balcony, the lower balcony, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Glandon, Col de Sarenne ….. we can just keep serving them up. Sadly some good things do have to be paused until next time – we will have to drop you off on the 24th July at Geneva airport.
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 the scheduled rides based on short and long term weather conditions. 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.
We have a limited amount of Scott full carbon (or equivalent) road bikes for hire.
The price for a King of the Alps Tour bike hire is $580.00
The King of the Alps 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.
Remember no rides are compulsory.
Airfares, travel insurance and meals unless indicated.
The King of the Alps 2018 is limited to a maximum of 10 people.
OwnerJake Rowse is the owner of Kiwi Style Bike Tours, having taken over the reigns from company founder Richard Scott in 2017. Jakes first year guiding for Kiwi Style was 2012, while he and his wife and two daughters were living in France. Jake has been a keen cyclist, racing...
Tour GuideGlenn learnt to cycle before he learnt to walk! He has been a New Zealand road cycling representative and still continues to race at a fiercely competitive level. 2018 will be Glenn's first year as a Kiwi Style guide. During 2017 he spent a significant amount of time training around...
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