KEEP WHAT YOU LOVE, LOSE WHAT YOU DON’T
If you’ve ridden any of the monuments of the grand Sportives you know there are some great elements and some not-so-great elements to them: the logistical hassles, the 4 a.m. rise, the one-chance-only pressure of the Etape or Marmotte, the do-or-die demands (and cost) of the Haute Route, that usual superfluous climb in the frankly unnecessary final 50km.
With CONCOURS DES ALPES we want to keep the things you love and lose the things you don’t, making it as simple and as fun as possible.
Stage 13 is a mountain-top finish into the ski resort of Chamrousse, near Grenoble, and will be a decisive stage for the GC contenders.
Chamrousse is around an hour’s drive from the chalet so for those wishing to see the stage we will leave in the morning and drive to the foot of the final climb to ensure we get there early enough to get close the finish line. In our experience the roads on a mountain Tour stage finish are normally closed around 4-5 hours before the race passes through.
Taking bikes is optional, but those riding will be able to experience the climb to Chamrousse for themselves and then watch the peloton do it considerably faster.
Of course, you will be able to walk the climb to get close to the finish if you wish but having walked to the finish line at Semnoz for last year’s stage finish we know that it can take a very long time to get down after the stage, so it isn’t recommended.
If a day relaxing at the chalet or taking in the local area is what you’d prefer then the option is there for you too.
Nestled in the valley between Les Arcs and La Plagne (just below the Vanoise Express cable car for those familiar with the area), the chalet has a huge open-plan living room and dining area with an adjoining balcony which captures the afternoon sun and has stunning views of the surrounding mountains. You can relax in style enjoying the facilities which include en suites in every bedroom, secure bike storage, free wifi and UK TV channels so you can watch all of the major cycling races after your day in the saddle.
‘Ride & Eat & Sleep & Repeat’ is your mantra during the event. You can focus purely on your riding and we’ll take care of the rest. An on-site massage service, provided by Massage Me will be available after each stage.
We have a carefully-planned, cycling specific menu providing the right balance of carbohydrates and proteins, so you will be ready for each day’s ride. Any specific dietary requirements will be taken care of.
Chalet 1330 can accommodate groups of up to fourteen riders in the farmhouse with a further two in our adjoining apartment. The rooms can be configured to suit your group’s needs but as standard we have two twins/double room, two triples and one quad room, all en-suite.
We have a washing machine and drying area so if you need to wash your kit during your stay that’s not a problem. Hopefully you won’t have any wet days in the saddle but being in the mountains there’s no guarantee.
This is true Alpine living in a typically rural French mountain village with farmers and other folk going about their daily business, keeping the local economy ticking over. It’s a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life and stories of insider trading and banker’s bonuses, although you may see the odd Lamborghini cruising around the village!
If you are a cheese fan, this is also the place for you. We have several locally produced cheeses that come from the milk of the cows which graze in the fields near the village and are sold in the cheese shop up the road.
Take a look at our Chalet 1330 photo gallery to the right to see more photos of where you’ll be staying during Concours Des Alpes.