The King of the Alps Tour is set in the heart of the French Alps, staying in four of our favourite locations to access the most famous climbs of cycling.  We tackle the climbs made famous by Tour de France legends.  For 2018 we will also be watching two stages of the Tour de France.  This is a bucket list tour for true cycling fans.

 

12 Jul 2018 - 24 Jul 2018
Available
$5095

 

The King of the Alps 2018 itinerary includes the following locations and rides:

  • 6 nights St Jean de Sixt, France:

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 first rides we won’t know what to do with ourselves.  The list includes Lake Annecy, Col de la Croix Fry, Col des Aravis, Col du Joux Plan, Morzine, Col d’Arpettaz, 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.

  • 2 nights La Grave. France:

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.

  • 4 nights Alpe d’Huez. France:

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.

Highlights:

  • Tour de France days around Lake Annecy.
  • Tour de France day on the mythical Alpe d’Huez.
  • The mountain playground feeling of Morzine via the Col du Joux Plan.
  • Riding in the mountains around Lake Annecy
  • The famous climbs of Col de la Colombiere, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier….
  • ride through some of the most picturesque landscapes imaginable.

Isolated and Epic.

Bike Hire:

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

Difficulty rating:

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.

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The King of the Alps Tour includes:

  • 12 nights’ share twin accommodation.
  • All breakfasts and dinners while on tour.
  • Pick up from Geneva airport.
  • Drop off at Geneva airport.
  • Two stages of Tour de France viewing.
  • All transport while on tour.
  • Guided and supported cycle rides.
  • One Kiwi Style Bike Tours cycle top and bib shorts.
  • Stunning climbs and spectacular scenery.

Not included in the tour package:

Airfares, travel insurance and meals unless indicated.

 

The King of the Alps 2018 is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Our Guiding Team

Jake Rowse

Owner

Jake 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...

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Glenn Rewi

Tour Guide

Glenn 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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Neil and Phil tick of the most famous bucket list climb in cycling.
Fantastic views make the steep parts worth it.
Front row seats up the Col du Glandon.
A sweeping descent down to Morzine with stunning views.
Col du Lautaret is a long climb, but Neil makes it look easy with a steady rhythm.
What's not to love about the riding your bike?
The Pas de la Confession balcony gives a great view over Bourg d'Oisans.
Col du Joux Plan. King of the Alps Tour 2017.
If you're going to take the time to climb it - take the time to enjoy the spoils!
The lads into their work on the Col du Galibier.
Great views along the balcony.
Isolated and Epic.
Almost over the top on a stunning day on the Col de Telegraph for Carey and Margaret.
Morning mist on the Aravis.
The Devil on TdF Day. King of the Alps 2017.
Phil doing it easy on Alpe d'Huez!!
Up and into the alpine mist.
Another mythical hairpin coming for Mary and Chris on Alpe d'Huez.
Epic climb. Epic views.
Col du Glandon Tour de France day.

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