Tour de France 2019

Mythical Cols of the Alps

The mythical passes and climbs of the Alps have always made you dream? Attending the race is an experience you would like to live or relive? Then this experience is for you! Veymont offers you the opportunity to vibrate during the Tour de France on 3 of its stages, but also to ride the giants of the Alps: Col d’Izoard, Col du Galibier, Alpe D’huez, Bends of Montvernier, Col de la Madeleine; where the Story of Veymont Travel began on the road of the Tour 97
Ideally located in the heart of the Alps, ride the Tour route a few days before the race and discover the richness and beauty of the alpine landscapes.
 

 

Highlights

  • Stay in 4* hotels in the heart of the Alps
  • Discover the “Casse Déserte” and  the 2361 m of the Izoard
  • Measure yourself against the Col du Galibier (2642m) and enjoy the panorama that awaits you.
  • Climb the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez, reference time: 36’40” – Marco Pantani – 1995.
  • Attend the passage of the race at Col du Lautaret during the 18th stage
  • Discover the magic of the Departure of stage 19 in St Jean de Maurienne.
  • Come and challenge the 18 bends of Montvernier before continuing towards the Col de Chaussy and the 18 km ascent with an average slope of 8% of the Col de la Madeleine.
  • Live the ultimate ascent of the 2019 Tour de France to Val Thorens during stage 20.

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Tour de France 2019

Mythical Cols of the Alps

Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, July 21, 2019
 
Welcome to the French Alps!
 
We meet you at Torino airport before taking you to your hotel located near the road leading to the Col du Galibier, where you spend the first three nights of your tour.
We take advantage of this first day to set up the bikes and present you with the challenges that await you throughout the week! 
 
Hotel: Grand Hotel Serre Chevalier, 4*, St Chaffray

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2

Monday, July 22, 2019
 
To the conquest of the Izoard
 
Today you take part of the road that the Tour will take during stage 18 (Embrun – Valloire). Departure from the town of Guillestre to reach the Gorges du Guil which will lead us to the most severe slopes of the Col d’Izoard (16km at 6.8%). Shortly before the summit, entering the “Casse Déserte”, this remarkable mineral landscape is made up of a vast area of scree where rocky peaks emerge. 
Within this lunar landscape is erected a stele in memory of Fausto Coppi (1919-1960) and Louison Bobet (1925-1983), in homage to their exploits on the slopes of the mythical Col d’Izoard, on the Tour de France but also on the Giro.
After taking in the view, the road will lead you to Briançon and then to your hotel for a well-deserved rest. 
On July 14th 1926 during the 14th stage of the Tour de France between Nice and Briançon
The yellow jersey Lucien Buysse will experience a real ordeal. After breaking his brakes, it is by braking with his feet that he will descend the Izoard. He ends the stage by leaving the soles of his shoes on the descent.
 

Route: 55 km / D+ 1810 m 

Hotel:  Grand Hotel Serre Chevalier, 4*, St Chaffray

Meals included: Breakfast – Snacks or Picnic – Dinner

Day 3

Wednesday, July 23, 2019
 
In the Legend of the Galibier
 
Leaving the hotel, the final of stage 18 (Embrun – Valloire) is on the agenda today. After 21 km of ascent at an average slope of 5%, the road turns right to take you to the roof of this tour, the Col du Galibier (2642m). It was during this mythical ascent that Cadel Evans wrote his legend in 2011. By controlling Andy Schleck’s flight alone. The view is breathtaking, offering a panoramic view of the Meige glaciers and the summit of Mt Blanc.  The route continues to the village of Valloire where the arrival of the July 25th stage will be judged. For the more adventurous, the return to the hotel will be by bike, turning back, thus allowing you to add the other side of Col du Galibier to your collection.
 

Route 1: 50 km / D+ 1300 m

Route 2: 100 km / D+ 2500

Hotel:  Grand Hotel Serre Chevalier, 4*, St Chaffray

Meals included: Breakfast – Snacks or Picnic – Dinner

Day 4

Thursday, July 24, 2019
 
You VS the Alpe d’Huez
 
If there is one climb whose name evokes the legend of the Tour, it is the Alpe d’Huez. 
From the hotel you take the road from the Lautaret pass to the foot of the glaciers of the Ecrins massif, after having crossed the mountain villages of Villar d’Arènes and La Grave you will have to let yourself slide to the Oisan valley. The few kilometres of valley lead you to the foot of the Alpe! After a short straight line, the road turns to the left and you start 14 km of legend! The first 3 kilometres are the most difficult, sometimes reaching 13% slope.
According to the legend, the Alpe d’Huez turns were numbered to serve as a reference point for snowplows and to allow them to know where they were on the way up to the station.
Alpe d’Huez and its 21 bends pay tribute to the winners. The rider who wins the stage has his name engraved and associated with one of the 21 laces of the mythical climb.
 
Route: 75 km / D+ 2450 m

Hotel:  Grandes Rousses, 4*, Alpe d’Huez

Meals included: Breakfast – Snacks or Picnic – Dinner

Day 5

Thursday, July 25, 2019
 
Rendez-vous with the Tour in High Altitude
 
You are about to join the Tour route to witness a unique experience: the passage of the riders during stage 18 between Embrun and Valloire. 
To do this, you will have to go through the Sarenne pass, then climb the Lautaret pass from the Chambon dam: a 24 Km ascent !
The day will be an opportunity for you to experience the life-size atmosphere of the Tour during this first big alpine stage.
 
Route: 45 km / D+ 1670 m 

Hotel:  Grandes Rousses, 4*, Alpe d’Huez

Meals included: Breakfast – Snacks or Picnic – Dinner

Day 6

Friday, July 26, 2019
 
Departure of the Tour at Saint Jean de Maurienne, Lacets de Montvernier and Col de la Madeleine
 
On the day’s programme, the start of the 19th stage in St Jean de Maurienne! Enjoy the atmosphere of the pre-race to meet your favorite rider!
Once the start of the stage has been given, it is your turn to ride, and the day promises to be full of emotion! The Chaussy pass first of all with the beauty of the Montvernier bends from the first few kilometres. Then will come the Col de la Madeleine! It is in this ascent that our passion for cycling was born in July 1997. At that time, Virenque and Ullrich were the strong men. This pass, although less well known, has an average slope of 8% over 20 km!
 
Route 1: 45 km / D+ 2210 m
Route 2: 85km / D+ 2540 m
Hotel:  Grand Hôtel des Thermes, 4*, Brides les Bains
Meals included: Breakfast – Snacks or Picnic – Dinner

Day 7

Saturday, July 27, 2019
 
Grand Finale
 
This morning we will climb the ascent of Val Thorens. This 35 km climb at 5% of average is the last major difficulty of this Tour de France. Theatre of the last explanations between GC contenders, we will take the opportunity to attend this great show in the afternoon!
 
Route: 35 km / D+ 1970 m 
Hotel:  Grand Hôtel des Thermes, 4*, Brides les Bains
Meals included: Breakfast – Snacks or Picnic – Dinner

Day 8

Sunday, July 28, 2019
 
End of the trip
 
Unfortunately, it is already time to say goodbye. This morning we will accompany you to Lyon airport to close this very exciting bike trip on the road to the Tour de France and the mythical passes of the Alps!
 
Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch