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.
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.
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 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.
Undoubtedly yes. A fantastic holiday in a beautiful location with lovely people – and bike racing too!
Nothing missing at all.
Incredibly easy. We were in the van within half an hour of landing.
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.
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.
I thought they were spot on.
The chalet could not have been more perfect.
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!
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.
I would definitely have liked to hear your talk on training with power.
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.
In the light of 20 cycling trips abroad I would say that the CdA is the best fun you can have on a bike.
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!
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