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Riding in the Tour de France is every cyclist's dream regardless of their cycling level. Testing yourself when you ride the cols of the Tour de France, these monoliths of nature, is arguably the proving ground for your cycling abilities. Do you have the mental strength, physical fitness, and cycling ability to scale Télégraphe, Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez, and Mont Ventoux, or will these legendary cols defeat you?
With our help, you will conquer these cols and many more.
Our head coach Martin, and his experienced cycling team, will ensure that, regardless of whether you're riding la Route des Grandes Alpes, or competing in the Marmotte Sportive, you will have the coaching instructions, encouragement and advice to reach the end. You will stand proud and say I've ridden the same mountains as Tour de France legends. This is an achievement that cannot be overstated.
As well as riding the Alps Martin and his team will provide coaching instructions throughout your tour. Martin is a professional cycling coach with years of experience under his belt. He will pass on tips and information that will make you a better rider. After cycling with SportActive you will soon be riding further and faster, and fulfilling your potential.
Unlike many cycling companies, we put the emphasis on ensuring your Tour de France adventure is about you. As such, we keep you in the saddle as much as possible. Should something go wrong with your bike, we try to fix it on the ride rather than have you sit in a car until you can get to a bike shop to have repairs carried out. We carry an extensive range of spare parts in the support car and Martin is an excellent mechanic.
As you ride these historic mountains we provide some local knowledge and history about them. Thierry, our French guide, lives in the Mont Blanc area and Flora lives in France as well. This provides some historical background on the cols, and helps you put their importance to the sport of cycling in context.
Many of our clients come back year after year, discovering that other cycling tour companies do things differently to SportActive, and it is these little things that are important. When you ride the Alps with us we'll ensure that every detail is taken care of. We ensure there is porridge for you for breakfast. We even make it ourselves if we have to, and it is not unheard of that Flora takes over in the kitchen if necessary. All you have to do is ride your bike.
As well as coaching instructions and being looked after like a Tour de France rider, we provide:
Your Tour de France adventure starts here. Choose your Challenge.
Riding from Geneva to Nice in six days is a unique cycling adventure. Every day brings new challenges and new spectacular experiences. The route will take you through the heart of the French Alps. You will ride the iconic climbs of Galibier, Télégraphe, Izoard, etc. It will test your limits and build your confidence.
You will be surprised at what you can achieve in the saddle. Conquer La Route des Grandes Alpes!
Sean Quigley - "I will never forget (still not sure how I did it! The great Cols: Telgraph, Galibier and Bonette, really stand out, not to mention the Madeleine, Iozard and Col de Vars. Finally, reaching Nice on a warm sunny afternoon and cycling on to the French Riviera was the icing on the cake. As I watch the Tour de France it has special significance as I can say "I rode my bike up that mountain".
This challenge really got me out of my comfort zone, and made me realize what is possible if you really challenge yourself. Thanks for helping me make it happen, and I look forward to cycling again with SportActive."
2- La Marmotte - Alpine Sportive
We handle your registration and provide pre-event information
We Take Care of the Logistics, you Ride the Event!
Registration, airport transfers, accommodation, bike mechanic, secure bike storage, event back up cars. We are a certified 100% Grand Trophee Tour Operator. You will also receive a free SportActive-Marmotte cycling jersey and action shots of the day ; All included in the price!
Be Part of a Peloton of Thousands
Be part of a 7500 strong peloton and ride Marmotte! The toughest alpine sportive in Europe. You will ride four major cols, all used in the Tour de France, in one day. Marmotte will test you, but every mile will be worth it as you ride through the spectacular beauty of the French Alps. You will be fully supported like you were a Tour de France rider, and all the small details are taken care of leaving you free to ride the event.
Test your Limits - Ride the Marmotte Sportive
Paul Seery - "I just wanted to send this quick mail to thank you Martin, Stephen and all your team for a great Marmotte experience last Saturday. From start to finish your support during the event was first class. Again thanks and I look forward to see you all again in the future"
Test your Limits on one of the most Infamous Cols in the World
Mont Ventoux puts cyclists into two camps. Those that have cycled it, and those that have not.
It is a mountain that pro riders respect, and our tour will take you to the top of Ventoux, approaching the Giant of Provence from two sides. As well as the challenge of riding Ventoux, we'll provide other challenges in Provence where you have the opportunity to ride the roads used in the Tour de France and Paris-Nice races.
Conquer the 'Bald Mountain' today.
Seamus Shortall - "Thanks to your advice and encouragement, I've made a breakthrough in how I ride my bike and, more importantly my enjoyment of our sport. Keep me posted about July 2015's trip, I'd like to tackle some other mountains, although I'm not finished with Ventoux yet..."
Ride the most Famous Cycle Route in the Alps
Alpe d'Huez is one of the most famous cols in the world. It has 21 hairpin bends and is often featured in the Tour de France. In the summer a 1000 riders a month cycle to the top. As well as riding Alpe d'Huez you will have the chance to ride Tour de France legend col du Galibier and have an opportunity to ride challenging roads which will test your limits.
Book today and Ride Tour de France cols.
We've made it our mission to make your experience of cycling in Mallorca one of the most incredible of your life
Every member of the cycle training team at SportActive is a passionate and accomplished cyclist in their own right, not to mention an expert in cycle training. Indeed, it was after taking part in numerous races across Europe, America and Australia that Flora and I eventually decided to set up SportActive in order to offer a new approach to training for cyclists. Having experienced the very best that cycling clubs had to offer, we wanted to make these experiences accessible to everybody, which eventually led us to found SportActive - a unique cycling break company, committed to help cyclists at all levels improve their skills and have fun doing so.