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Sportives 2017

Challenge Vercors - The first sportive in the Alps!

As featured in March 2017 Cyclist Mag when we hosted the editor, Pete Muir last year.

The Vercors Challenge Sportive offers superb early season Alpine training for the Etape or the Marmotte. We have supported this event for the last 7 years and our guests have enjoyed the buzz and atmosphere similar to Top Amateur races. 3 options - The Grandfondo - 167km (3800m of ascent), Mediofondo - 120km (3300m of ascent), Rando - 36km (500m of ascent). Limited to 1500 riders this event is challenging and technical taking in some of the most a stunning passes in the Vercors. It is on closed or marshaled roads and the local villages embrace the event, offering support and a warm welcome for all the riders with local town bands, animations and a festival atmosphere. There are regular feed and drink stops and a buffet at the finish. Timing chips will also be given to record an accurate time and place. 

4 nights including Sportive and Alp d'Huez. Friday 19th-Tuesday 23rd May 2017. Price from £690

Day 1 - Arrival. Pick up at Lyon St. Expury and transfer to our base. Once settled in we'll take you on a short guided ride to spin your legs out through the spectacular villages at the base of the Vercors. Briefing on the following days sportive over an aperitif followed by a pasta supper to prepare you for the following day.

Day 2 - Early breakfast and departure to the sportive at Villard de Lans. Once the last rider is home we'll transfer you back to base. Aperitif followed by home cooked evening meal with wine to celebrate your big ride.

Day 3 - Breakfast followed by guided ride to discover more breathtaking cols in the Vercors.

Day 4 - Fully supported day to ride up Alp d'Huez. Au revoir home cooked evening meal with wine and no doubt...many stories about conquering the Alp.

What’s included:

  • 4 nights accommodation on a shared occupancy basis
  • Breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Transfers from and to Lyon St.Expury airport
  • Transfers to and from the official event start/finish at Villard de Lans
  • Fully supported day Trip to Alp d'Huez
  • Guided rides 
  • Entry to Sportive

Price per person based on shared occupancy £690. Single person supplement is £120

What's not Included:

  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance - it is recommended that your insurance covers you for continental sportive riding
  • Lunches
  • 2 evening meals ( we will recommend local restaurants and book for you)
  • Subsidiary or sundry expenses

If you don't want the hassle of bringing your own bike you can hire top of the range Trek bikes, fully set up to your measurements and waiting for your arrival from our associates, France Bike Rentals.

L'Ardechoise-The Biggest road bike Sportive in the World!

3 night package 

Friday 16th June Saturday - Monday 19th June 2017

The 25th anniversary of the biggest organised cycling event in France for the competitive and tourist riders who wants to experience the fun and challenge of riding with others. 

Choose from 6 routes:

  • Le doux -  66kms (2 cols)
  • Boutières (120kms (5 cols)
  • The Volcanic 171kms (8 cols
  • The race queen l 'Ardéchoise 216kms (10 cols)
  • The saps 223kms (14 cols)
  • The Terrible Ardéchoise Bike Marathon 268kms (15 cols and 5175m of total climbing!)

What's included:

  • 3 nights accommodation on a shared occupancy basis
  • Breakfast and 2 evening meals
  • Transfers from and to Lyon St.Expury airport
  • Transfers to and from the official event start/finish
  • 2 Guided rides

If you don't want the hassle of bringing your own bike you can hire top of the range Trek bikes, fully set up to your measurements and waiting for your arrival from our associates, France Bike Rentals.

Price per person based on shared occupancy £500

Single person supplement is £120

For more information visit www.ardechoise.com

La Dromoise - Explore the Southern Vercors and Drome Provencal

3 night package including sportive and Vercors 

Friday 22nd - Monday 25th September 2017

Starting and finishing in Die, this is the 6th year of La Dromoise which last year attracted up to 1000 riders. A great way to explore the southern part of the Vercors in the Drome Provencal area where the landscape becomes drier, hotter and flatter meandering through little villages and hamlets. Great atmosphere, warm atmosphere from all the local villages and a real party atmosphere.

There are 2 alternative distances for the 'Rando' tourist route

  • 36km climbing 420
  • 70km climbing 765m

and 2 distances for the sportive

  • 116kms  climbing 1265m
  • 143kms  climbing 1800m

A good level of fitness is needed. Last years winner of the 100kms finished in 2 hours 47mins with the last rider taking 5 hours 57 mins.

The winner of the 143km route took 4 hours 12 mins with the last rider taking 7 hours 45mins.

For more info visit www.cyclodromoise.com. For inscriptions go to http://www.velo101.com/epreuves/la_dromoise_2011/inscription

What's included:

  • 3 nights accommodation based on shared occupancy
  • Breakfasts and 2 evening meals 
  • 2 accompanied rides
  • Transfer to and from Lyon St.Expury airport
  • Transport to and from Sportive

Price per person based on shared occupancy £520

Single Person Supplement is £120

Sportive packages do not include the following:

  • lunches
  • drinks (except served with dinner) or any other personal purchases
  • entrance to sportive
  • medical insurance

Bike Hire If you don't want the hassle of bringing your own bike you can hire top of the range Trek bikes, fully set up to your measurements and waiting for your arrival from our associates, France Bike Rentals.

A medical certificate is required at the signing on at each sportive or else you won't be allowed to ride.

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Special Offers

Family Offer 2017

Velo Vercors do not charge more during school holidays. Prices start from £1,340 for one week, based on a family of 4 sharing. Price includes 7 nights accommodation in a gite, bike and helmet hire, mapped family-friendly cycle routes throughout your stay, transfers from Lyon St.Expury and a home-cooked, seasonal evening meal on the day of arrival. Offer available until 31st March 2017. 

Velo Vercors

Montee des Usines

26190 St Jean-en-Royans

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