6 days cycling with limited vehicle support (none during rides) 100% tarmac roads Climbs are long and steady (avg. 7%) and descents include some steep sections
La Feni?re Mountain Lodge. Our private lodge is a lovely converted stone barn, situated in the Vallee du Lys, on the Tour de France climb to the ski station of Superbagneres. The comfortable lounge / dining room is equipped with a wood burning stove, a small bar and an Ipod docking station. There are 5 simple twin rooms with basins. Bathroom and shower facilities are shared and located downstairs. This has been a popular base for many of our Walking, Snowshoe and Mountain Bike groups over the last 20 years.
7 breakfasts and 7 dinners included.
The riding on this trip can be accomplished by any fit cyclist, but it is as much a state of mind as your fitness that will see you up and over the cols. The secret to making it up the mountains is to plug away at a steady pace and stop whenever you feel tired. We cover the same routes as the Tour de France but this trip is definitely not a race! The roads are good quality - they just aren't flat! Although the gradients do not get much steeper than 10%, they can be long. Daily distances are realistic, and there are plenty of opportunities for stronger riders to add more kilometres if they wish. NB: you are free to cycle at your own pace but as there is no vehicle support during rides so you should be confident in your ability to complete the daily distances and climbing. This trip is classified Drop Bars. Activity Level: 6 (Challenging/Tough). 6 days cycling, average 77km/day (48 miles), average elevation gain of 1725m/day.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 8, plus cycling leader and chalet staff. Minimum age 16.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
In order to provide a more accurate cycle holiday grading system, where a cycling trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Challenging/Tough. Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide to your cycling holiday only. In all cases you should refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
Exodus is always looking to improve our current itineraries and to offer something different. With many new trips this year, there is something unique and different to try every year.
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