Difficulty Rating : 9 Start: Geneva Finish: Nice Terrain: Sportive style challenge Daily Average: 120km Weekly Average: 720km Tour Type: Sportive,Group Teaser: The Raid Alpine connecting Geneval to Nice is an epic road biking challenge.
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The Raid Alpine connecting Geneval to Nice is an epic road biking challenge. It follows the classic Randonnee Alpine, Lac Leman - Cote d'Azur 712km - 31 cols and 17485m climbing (including the Iseran, Mont Cenis, Izoard, Vars and Restefond Bonnet - the highest pass in Europe.)

Starting by the beautiful shores of lake Geneva, we ride about 110km each day staying in local hotels where the food and hospitality is excellent. The hotels know cyclists are hungry after a long day in the saddle. Fully supported, our minibuses are around all day and take your luggage from hotel to hotel. We finish this week in Antibes - with some lovely champagne and food in a local restaurant to celebrate our achievement. A fantastic road biking holiday in the French Alps! After successful completion of the Raid Alpine you receive a very impressive medal from the Cycle Club de Thonon(the club that organises the route of the Raid) as a memento of your epic adventure.

As well as the set tour dates for this trip we have extensive knowledge and experience of organising this tour for groups of cyclists.  If you and a gang of friends fancy taking this challenge on please contact our office for a private tour quotation.

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Day 1


Arrive and check in to our hotel just above Thonon des Banes. We used this hotel last year and they provide great food and hospitality prior to our “Grand Depart”.

Day 2

Distance 110 km

Our ride today takes in the foothills outside Geneva through Habere Poche (where we get our first ‘Stamp’), over the Col de Ramaz and through Praz de Lyz. Taninges provides a good lunch stop before we roll along the valley floor and through Sallanches. The last climb to Megeve at 5% over 10km provides a relatively easy finish to day 1.

Day 3

Distance 105 km

We start with a gentle downhill before we hit the Col de Saises. It’s a 14km climb but at 6/7% not too demanding and it has some welcome flat sections! We then descend to Beaufort before tackling the Col de Pre (a nasty little 9% over about 8km) and the Cormet de Roseland. There is a great spot for lunch just before the lake below the Cormet summit. The final climb from Bourg St Maurice to Tignes Reculaz is long and steady. Our hotel is perfectly placed on the lake just before Val d’Isere.

Day 4

Distance 125 km

We have a short 5km warm up before we climb 12km to the Col d’Izeran. This is another spot for your card to be stamped (2,764 metres) before a long sweeping descent to Bessans. The next climb is the Col de Mont Cenis where we pass the border into Italy. The road surface to Souza is perfect and it is a fast descent before the gradual climb to our Hotel Cesane where plentiful Italian food will be on offer for supper – pasta in readiness for tomorrow.

Day 5

Distance 110 km

The first climb is the Col de Sestriere where an early morning espresso or cappuccino is welcome before we ride over the short Col de Mongeneve and back over into France. The ride takes us through the old historic town of Briancon before tackling the monster Col d’Izerad. There are some great lunch stops just before the peak and the long descent to Guillestre. The descent allows you a welcome recovery before we climb up to St Marie de Vars where we have reserved rooms in a lovely friendly alpine hotel.

Day 6

Distance 135 km

We start today with the Col de Vars - a relatively easy 6km climb to the summit. We then have a long descent before we hit one of the great cols of the Alps. It’s also the highest at 2,850 metres. It’s called the Col de Bonette. Although long it’s not super steep and is a lovely ride. It’s a great place to take some photos and you begin to feel the Mediterranean coming. The descent is long but the road surface is excellent. Our last Col today is the Couillole which winds through the rocks on very small roads and is over 16kms. It’s a short descent before we ride into the lovely southern alpine ski station of Valberg. The Chastellan is a friendly hotel offering a great evening menu.

Day 7

Distance 135 km

Last day. Although there is a lot of downhill today there is still 135kms to cover with small cols. The great thing is that they seem small in comparison to what we have already conquered! Once we are over the Col de St Raphael we have a fantastic ride through Grasse and the Mediterranean appears in the distance. On arrival in Antibes, we normally have a couple of celebratory drinks and supper in a pre-booked restaurant in the old town.

The tour finishes after breakfast the next morning.

- 7 nights accommodation 
- All breakfasts
- 7x 3 course evening meals with wine
- Luggage transfers
- Minibus with snacks & drinks enroute
- All rides with guides
- Support van with bike mechanic

- Amazing terrain following Tour routes
- Transfer from Geneva/to Nice Airport

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€1,750 per person sharing
€   330 single room supplement

Road bike rental €250
Shimano 105 or Ultegra Group set on a triple chain set.
Bikes will be either Carbon or lightweight Aluminium frames.

Self Guided Tour Information

Not available as self guided tour.

Flights to Geneva or Nice Airport. Airport transfer included.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

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    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
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    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.