Criterium de Dauphine

4th -10th June 2018

Holiday Overview

The Criterium du Dauphine is an ideal opportunity to combine an alpine cycling holiday with watching the very best riders take part in the 2018 Criterium de Dauphine.

Based in the Tarentaise resorts of Meribel and La Tania, the first part of the holiday gives you the opportunity to take part in daily rides and explore some of the most famous cols in the area (Col de la Madeline, Cormet de Roselend etc). All rides are paced to ensure everyone works within their capabilities and goals.

The second part of the week combines daily rides with the opportunity to join the Criterium as a spectator; soak up the atmosphere and cheer the riders on!

The Race & The Route
The 70th edition of the Criterium de Dauphine will take between 3rd and 10th June. The stages for this year's Criterium are as follows:

Sunday, June 3rd: Prologue : Valence; Valence (6,6 km)
Monday, June 4th: Stage 1 : Valence; Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert (179 km)
Tuesday, June 5th: Stage 2 : Montbrison; Belleville (180,5 km)
Wednesday, June 6th: Stage 3 : Pont-de-Vaux; Louhans Châteaurenaud (TTT, 35 km)
Thursday, June 7th: Stage 4 : Chazey-sur-Ain; Lans-en-Vercors (181 km)
Friday, June 8th: Stage 5 : Grenoble; Valmorel (130,5 km)
Saturday, June 9th: Stage 6 : Frontenex; La Rosière (110 km)
Sunday, June 10th: Stage 7 : Moûtiers; Saint-Gervais (129 km)

Find out more about the race here: https://www.criterium-du-dauphine.fr/en/
Itinerary
Sunday 3rd June Arrive Geneva airport to meet transfer to your chalet accommodation in La Tania. Welcome, introduction to the team, overview of the week, bike familiarisation and three course evening meal with wine.
Monday 4th June, Tuesday 5th June,
Thursday 7th June
Wake up to a hearty breakfast prepared by your chalet team and begin your preparations for the day’s riding. A morning’s riding, taking in the local scenery and perhaps one of the infamous cols. After all that effort, a lunch stop will be called for! Your afternoon’s ride will take you back to La Tania, where you will be met by welcome afternoon refreshments. Before sitting down to your three-course dinner in the evening there will be ample time for a well earned rest!
Wednesday 6th June Free day. Go for a self-guided cycle or explore some of the Alpine walking trails in the local area.
Friday 8th June Grenoble to Valmorel. After breakfast we will warm up with a local ride before setting out to complete the climb up to Valmorel. Once at Valmorel, we can have a much-needed celebratory lunch and watch the riders in the finish of Stage 5. Cycle back to Moutiers for transfer back to La Tania.
Saturday 9th June Stage 6 – Frontenex to La Rosiere. Another great opportunity to watch the riders on the route from Frontenex to La Rosiere. We’ll cycle the route from Aime to Boutg Saint Maurice and then up the Cormet du Roseland to take in the stage finish at La Rosiere!
Sunday 10th June After an early breakfast, depart La Tania on your transfer back to Geneva airport.
What's Included?
Included in Your Holiday
  • 7 nights chalet accommodation
  • Free return Geneva Airport transfer
  • Breakfast and afternoon tea (7 days)
  • Evening meal with wine (6 nights)
  • Cycle support
  • Event Transport
Not Included in Your Holiday
  • Flights
  • Bike hire/carraige
  • Lunch
  • Insurance
Travel Information
Our transfers operate in and out of Geneva Airport.

Inbound flights should land at Geneva no later than 13:30 in order to meet the transfer to resort.

Outbound flights should depart Geneva no earlier than 13:30.

Please let us know if these timings present a problem for you prior to booking.
Bike Transport or Hire
Bringing your own bike out to the Alps is easy. You'll need a bike box to transport your bike. If you don't have one, they can be rented via http://www.bikebox-rental.co.uk/. You will need to remove the pedals and the handlebars, and then turn them so they are by your forks. Easyjet, Swiss and BA offer cost effective bike carriage (around €50) and you can pack other belongings in with your bike, working within the allowed weight limits. If you wold prefer to rent a bike locally, please let us know at the time of booking and we can provide you with some quotes.    
Insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the price of your holiday.

Please ensure that you have adequate insurance in place prior to booking your holiday with us.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

7 nights chalet accommodation


Free return Geneva Airport transfer


Breakfast, afternoon tea & evening meal (6 nights)


Cycle support


£725pp
(based on two sharing)

EVENT STAGES

Friday 8th June
Stage 5 –
Grenoble/Valmorel
130.5km – Mountain


Saturday 9th June
Stage 6 –
Frontenex / La Rosière Espace San Bernardo
110km – Mountain

Any Questions?

We love to chat so please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of the trips we have schedules for this year, or if you have something slightly different in mind. We can help plan and organise bespoke trips for groups of friends or cycling clubs.

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