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Geneva – San Remo, Bcyclet Inferno !
France, The Alps
1,890€/person (including taxes)
4 Bcyclet Inferno! level
This is a very tough tour along a significantly different itinerary from the classic Route des Grandes Alpes. You will ride many of the legendary passes of the Tour and the Giro but also less known yet equally epic cols and along very quiet mountain roads. This will be a memorable trip and really enjoyable if you have put in the necessary training.
Day 1 Geneva airport
You’ll be met at Geneva airport before being transferred to your hotel. If you’re missing any equipment or looking for updating your gear, let us know and we can stop by the Bcyclet store on our way. Once arrived, our team will get your bike properly mounted and fitted.
Night in Geneva
Day 2 Salève & Colombière
We get stuck right into it just to make sure that you are on our original Inferno tour. The day starts with the climb up to the Salève which dominates over the Geneva landscape. The 10km climb at an average gradient of 8.5% will give you a taste of the week to come. Enjoy the views over the Mont Blanc before tackling the main course of the day, the Tour de France Category 1 climb up to the Col de la Colombière (1613m) !
145km with 3800m+
Night in La Clusaz
Day 3 Beaufortain region
A relatively easy start up the beautiful Col des Aravis (1486m), which, with a 6% average gradient, should allow you to warm up for the crescendo that lies ahead, both in terms of spectacular scenery and cycling difficulty. The Aravis is followed by the longish climb to the Col des Saisies (1650m) and, after a winding descent, the epic Cormet de Roselend (1968m) and its wonderful lake, which has been witnessed to many epic Tour de France battles.
120km with 3800m+
Night in Val d’Isère
Day 4 Italy : Col delle Finestre
Today will for sure leave its mark in a positive way. On leaving Val d’Isère, we’ll climb the famous Col de l’Iseran which, at 2764 m, is France’s highest paved mountain pass. After a long winding descent, we’ll enter Italy on the way up to the stunning Col du Mt Cenis. We are now in Giro d’Italia territory, all the more so as we close off the day by climbing the epic Col de la Fenestre which with its 19 kms, 1700 vertical metres and a final 9 km unpaved section, has been a regular feature of the Giro d’Italia.
135km with 4050m+
Night in Sestriére
Day 5 Queyras : Izoard and Agnel
We ride back into France up the Col de Montgenèvre (1830m), making our way towards rugged Queyras to climb the “hors category” Col de l’Izoard (2363m) which has featured in Tour de France no less than 34 times. We close the day off with the ascent to the Col Agnel (2744m). If you have saved some energy, this is the time to enjoy the fantastic scenery over 4000mt peaks. You’ll probably see plenty of marmots on the side of the road and almost certainly hear the warning whistles before plunging down the South back into Italy.
125km with 3200m+
Night in a small italian village
Day 6 Infernal day !
With over 4000 mts of climbing, “Infernal” is the appropriate word to describe today’s route. After 5 days of hard cycling, this will be a real test. We’ll enter a more remote region and tackle 3 slightly less famous but potentially harder climbs in the heart of Alpine Piedmont : Colle di Sampeyre (2284m), Colle Fauniera (2511m) and Col de la Lombarde (2350m)
115km with 4680m+
Night in a small village of Mercantour
Day 7 From the mountains to the sea
An epic final day to end a glorious week ! You’ll start with a truly unbelievable 30km descent followed by the climbs up to the Col Saint Martin (1510m) and the Col de Turini (1607m), which has been made famous by the Montecarlo Rallye. Before ending the day, we have 2 more beautiful and very remote passes to cross, before quite literally plunging down to the coastal town of San Remo, our final destination and of course made famous by the Milano San Remo spring classic.
175km with 3600m+ (5780m-)
Celebratory dinner and night in San Remo
175km with 3600m+ (5780m-)
Festif dinner and night in San Remo
Day 8 Nice airport
After an awesome week, it’s time to say our goodbyes. Following a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Nice airport in time for your flight