Concours Des Alpes

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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 a Prologue, 4 stunning Road Stages and a Mountain Time Trial, fully organised and supported, between the 12th and 19th of July 2014 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.
  • Two free warm-up events in the UK, the Surrey One and the Cotswolds One (TBA).
  • Personal training plans tailored to your heart rate or power zones.
  • Commemorative T-shirt.
  • Commemorative video / photo.
  • See the Tour de France Alpine mountain-top finish at Chamrousse, near Grenoble, on Friday July 18th. You will be able to ride the final climb just before the pros show us how it’s done properly. You will be driven there and back in our van.
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SEE A LIVE TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE FINISH

On Friday 17th July, the day after the final stage of the event, the Tour de France is rolling into the region, so your trip will conclude with a chance to see the pro peloton riding at full gas on an alpine mountain climb.

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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.

Chamrousse gradients

Tour 2013 VoecklerTaking 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.

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.

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‘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.

Rest

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.

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.

Aerial view of PeiseyMountain 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!

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.

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