Concours Des Alpes

Like the Etape or the Marmotte you get to compete (with yourself or others) in stunning Alpine mountain scenery on challenging, iconic climbs made legendary by the Tour. Like the Haute Route you get to do it on multiple days, getting ranked as you complete each stage. Like all Sportives you get route guidance, support, feed stations and the sense of occasion you just can’t get riding on your own.

 

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.

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THE FUN STUFF
  • An event of 5 stages in 5 days, including 4 stunning Road Stages and a Mountain Time Trial, fully organised and supported, between the 11th and 18th of July 2015 in the Tarentaise Valley, deep in the French Alps.
  • Iconic Tour climbs on stages of up to 130 km, all signposted, GPX’d, printed and explained beforehand in a Directeur Sportive, team talk-style.
  • Feed stations, basic support and sag wagon/Team Car.
  • Competitive or non-competitive – it’s your choice.
  • Ride as a group or do the stages on your own (you can still be ranked) or do entirely different rides – whatever you like. GPS-derived classification for Overall Leader,
  • King of the Mountains, and the Best Placed over 50 rider (the Grey Jersey).
  • Non-competitive rides if you prefer – however you think you’ll enjoy it most. Just come along and ride some of the classic Tour de France climbs on the doorstep if that’s what you’d prefer.
  • Plenty of post-ride down-time to watch the Tour de France on TV back at the chalet or in local bars or cafes.
  • On-site, post-ride massage (at additional cost).
Chalet 1330 4 cropTHE LOGISTICAL STUFF
  • Superb, catered accommodation hosted by 1330 Road Cycling, based at Chalet 1330 close to Les Arcs/La Plagne, including breakfast, afternoon tea, and wine with your evening meals on six days of your trip.
  • Transport to/from stage starts/finishes where required. Every stages starts and finishes within 6k of the chalet, apart from Stage 4 (Col de la Madeleine), which is 25k from the the chalet), so no long post-ride transfers.
  • Airport transfers in France.
  • On-site mechanic with essential tools and workshop.
  • Local knowledge of bike shops, etc.
THE OTHER STUFF
  • Dedicated CONCOURS DES ALPES group within Garmin Connect or Strava. Facebook group to swap training fail stories.
  • Free warm-up event in the Cotswolds (TBA).
  • Personal training plans tailored to your heart rate or power zones.
  • Commemorative T-shirt.
  • Commemorative video / photo.
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CHALET 1330

Concours Des Alpes is based at Chalet 1330. A beautiful road cycling retreat in a 5-bedroom, converted 18th Century farmhouse in the tranquil village of Moulin which is in the Peisey-Vallandry ski domain, deep in the french alps.

Chalet 1330 2Nestled 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.

You ride, we do the rest

‘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.

Refuel

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.

Refresh

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.

Mountain life

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!

Lamborgini tractor

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 in the village.

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.

The photo below was taken from the Vanoise Express cable car which runs between Les Arcs and La Plagne. The road on the right is the final kilometre of the Mountain Time Trial running past the village of Peisey with our chalet in the village of Moulin just beyond that.

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TESTIMONIALS

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MATT (GLOUSTERSHIRE, UK)

Did you get what you wanted from the trip ?

Undoubtedly yes. A fantastic holiday in a beautiful location with lovely people – and bike racing too!

If not, what was missing ?

Nothing missing at all.

Did the airport transfer work well enough for you ?

Incredibly easy. We were in the van within half an hour of landing.

Were the routes challenging ? What you expected ? Appropriate ? Signed well enough ?

The routes were definitely challenging but also completely spectacular. The distances seemed spot on for those who wanted to do some pretty big days though it was handy knowing you’d be picked up if you didn’t want to do the final climb. 

Were the feed and finish foods appropriate and adequate ? 

I pretty much survive on gel so I was happy. Great idea to have some rice/couscous based savoury stuff too as we did on the Madeleine day. Having lunch laid on when we got back to the chalet was superb. 

Could we improve the feed and finish stations for you ?

I thought they were spot on. 

What did you think of the chalet ? Was it suitable, comfortable, a good base ?

The chalet could not have been more perfect. 

What did you think of the food at the chalet ?

Again, I can’t make any suggestions because the food was fantastic. I guess the most critical thing for us is that it is big and it was!

What did you think of the Peisey / Bourg / Savoie area generally ?

Rather blown away by the region, partly by its beauty but also by its Tour de France history. Definitely a big selling point for me was the fact that we were doing a few of the famous tour climbs. I really loved Peisey because it wasn’t overtly touristy, and it felt rather self contained there.

Were the evening lectures of any use to you ? Was there a topic that you would have liked to have been included ?

I would definitely have liked to hear your talk on training with power.

You meet someone who can do one foreign cycling trip a year. They’ve done the Etape and/or the Marmotte and are thinking about the Concours des Alpes. What would your advice to them be ?

Having done both of those I would say there really isn’t a choice to be made – CdA wins hands down. It’s so much more fun riding with a much smaller group and getting to know some new people who are into the same thing. This would still be true if CdA grows to 20/30/40 riders.

How would you sum up your week on the Concours des Alpes in one sentence ?

In the light of 20 cycling trips abroad I would say that the CdA is the best fun you can have on a bike.

Is there anything you’d like to add ?

One very significant additional element for me was the fact that the Tour was on at the same time. Not only was it nice to catch up on the stage when we got home each day but it also had the effect of making us feel we were completely immersed in cycling all week – we rode, we watched and we talked cycling! And the fact that we saw the tour on the final day was just superb! 

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HISAYO (Perth, Australia)

Did you get what you wanted from the trip ?

Absolutely! My first taste of real mountains; stunning scenery, great company, great food, learnt lots from you and the others. I have since read a few articles or posts about cycling trips and it just makes me want to go back again.

FT yesterday (it was free on the plane) had an article about Tour du Mont Blanc which sounds horrendous but the last climb was Cormet de Roseland from Bourg including the drenched / freezing descent to Beaufort :) brought back some memories :)

If not, what was missing ?
N/a but I wanted to cry that morning when I felt awful and pulled out of the stage 2 day but was determined to still try & do as much as possible and well, there are worse places to spend a day lounging around. In the end I know I skipped a few bits but it was still an amazing first overseas cycling trip !
Did the airport transfer work well enough for you ?
It was great to be picked up and dropped off – I am not sure I would’ve managed public transport very well with that big bag. I felt a bit bad for you having to make 2 trips (or 3 including Sue’s) on the arrival day & some of the guys had a big wait on the way home but I guess there’s not much that can be done with most people booking on / traveling separately.
Were the routes challenging ? What you expected ? Appropriate ? Signed well enough ?
I was expecting to struggle a bit with my previous longest climb of similar gradient being 3-3.5 km and being relatively inexperienced cycling in general. Managed not to get lost too ! I think if I hadn’t got sick it would’ve been about on my limit – I could have probably managed to go back up the chalet climb on day 2 but it would have involved several stops I think. And I think I could have managed the climb back to col de Petit St. Bernard but . . . you were there. Shame to miss stage 2 and the first bit of stage 3 before Petit St. Bernard but was surprised to manage the whole of the last day although rather slowly.
Were the feed and finish foods appropriate and adequate ?
Yes- I didn’t feel like lack of water/nutrition was an issue at any point & though legs were bit sore walking downstairs at chalet when we got back after ride, I was expecting legs to be more sore in the mornings (from how I felt after longer training rides back home) but felt OK – must be from recovery shake & eating a little bit more than I felt like during the rides & the great food back at the chalet.  Obviously legs got tireder and weaker each day but I didn’t have that soreness that I usually felt after a big ride. I haven’t got on with gels before ( maybe just the couple of brands I tried were too sweet/ heavy for me and felt like a lead weight in my stomach even with water ) but the ones on the trip were much better.
Could we improve the feed and finish stations for you ?
Don’t think so.
What did you think of the chalet ? Was it suitable, comfortable, a good base ?
The chalet was great – obviously I was very spoilt having a room to myself so didn’t have to worry about waking room mate up when I couldn’t sleep . . . or being “tidy”.  It was great to be in one place and not have to worry about packing up & moving during the trip.
What did you think of the food at the chalet ?
The food was fantastic! I was getting some recipe tips to try and recreate some of the meals at home.
What did you think of the Peisey / Bourg / Savoie area generally ?
It is a beautiful area and if I hadn’t been busy trying to sleep on my day off in the middle I would’ve gone for a bit of a walk in the national park.
Were the evening lectures of any use to you ? Was there a topic that you would have liked to have been included ?
Yes – again learnt lots.
You meet someone who can do one foreign cycling trip a year. They’ve done the Etape and/or the Marmotte and are thinking about the Concours des Alpes. What would your advice be?
I would recommend it as a much more fun and relaxing way to spend a foreign cycling trip ( not that I have any previous experience of travelling with a bike.. )
From everyone’s stories the Etape sounded a bit hectic and stressful & I’m sure just getting a group together and doing similar rides would be fun too but much more logistically challenging.
It was good to have a small group – a few of my Aussie friends have done “Tour de France” tours which all looked great but lots of packing up and moving, large groups and hugely expensive.
How would you sum up your week on the Concours des Alpes in one sentence ?
Can I come back soon ?
Is there anything you’d like to add ?
Having the trip during the tour added something especially for someone who hasn’t watched it in real life before – and was nice to finish the day and then watch the finish or highlights in the evening.
Again, thanks to you and everyone for organising such a great trip.

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