Live Race Action Critérium Dauphiné bike tours
Criterium du Dauphine bike tours 2019
Wednesday June 12th – Arrival Day in Annecy – Criterium du Dauphine 2019
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 200m/650ft route Lac Annecy
Inclusions: Airport Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner in one of Annecy’s Finest Restaurants
Today is arrival day with your private transfer from Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) to your hotel in the wonderful town of Annecy nestled at the base of the French Alps and on the shores of spectacular Lake Annecy.
Once checked-in, relax and take the time to enjoy one of the most stunning towns in the world, explore the medieval streets and the canals of the ‘Venice of the Alps’. Un-wind from your travels, take a leisurely drink and become apart of France for just a few days. Should time permit enjoy a welcome ride around spectacular Lake Annecy the ideal preparation for the following 4 fantastic action packed stages at the Criterium Dauphine bike tours 2019.
This evening we invite you to join us for a Welcome Aperitif and Gastronomique Dinner at one of Annecy’s finest Restaurants to experience local Haute Savoie cuisine!
Thursday June 13th – View the Criterium du Dauphine Stage 5 Boën-sur-Lignon > Voiron (Finish)
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 400m/1300ft route Lac d’Aigubelette
Distance 95km/60mi Ascent 1150m/38000ft route Chambery
Inclusions: Breakfast, Voiron Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guests: Discover the town of Voiron
Today is our first live action of the Criterium Dauphine 2019 and we will be witness to a unique event, with new routes and climbs on offer in a format that will surprise the best professionals in the world on the roads of the Rhone-Alps this June. We will pick-up the action as the fast men of the peloton arrive on the streets of Voiron and their final opportunity for a stage victory prior to the final 3 difficult stages in the mountains.
Enjoy our ride of lakes as we leave Lac Annecy to Lac du Bourget and through the Chartreuse Park to all the finish line action in Voiron. These superb roads are here for you to experience with fresh legs as much or as little as you wish with your Professional Team in the French Alps.
With every cycling effort there has to be an equal reward and what could be better than a hearty restaurant lunch to enjoy together before the race peloton arrives at maximum speed.
Voiron is one of the three gateway towns of the Regional Natural Park of Chartreuse and the famous Liquor of the same name. Since the 18th century, the Carthusian monks have been distilling Chartreuse, a totally natural liqueur made from 130 plants using a closely-guarded secret recipe. A visit to the world’s largest cellar at the Caves de la Chartreuse is highly recommended.
Friday June 14th – View the Criterium du Dauphine Stage 6 Saint-Vulbas Plaine de l’Ain > Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne (Alps)
Distance 35km/22mi Ascent 745m/2400ft route Chatlard
Distance 60km/37mi Ascent 1100m/3600ft route Col du Frene (969m)
Distance 115km/70mi Ascent 1700m/5600ft route Massif des Bauges
Inclusions: Breakfast, Bauges Traditional Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guests: Share the spectacular tour day sights in the Massif des Bauges
‘Off the beaten track’ is the theme that the race organisation has given to this years Dauphine route, today the race hots up with the first of 3 Alpine stages to decide the winner of the Criterium Dauphine 2019. These roads are not particularly high by altitude; add the speed of the very best professional climbers in the world and the big challenge begins!
These fantastic cycling roads are amongst some of Practice Bicycles favourites and we enjoy them as much today as we did in the very beginning back in 1997. We can’t wait to share them with you and they become your favourite cycling roads also. Take advantage of your team’s planning and all their local knowledge to give you the best of both worlds with your own superb ride for a fabulous day of cycling and all the action as the Dauphine peloton in full flight on one of their 8 Cols of the day.
It’s time to relax and refuel with your hidden gem restaurant lunch and enjoy the rest of this special day and a memorable moment of cycling at this year’s Criterium Dauphine bike tours!
Return to Annecy by vehicle or take advantage of the euphoria of ‘Cycling Paradise’ with breathtaking views cycling all the way back to Annecy!
Saturday June 15th – View the Criterium du Dauphine Stage 7 Saint-Genix-les-Villages > Les Sept Laux-Pipay (Alps Finish)
Distance 45km/28mi Ascent 200m/660ft route Isere
Distance 65km/40mi Ascent 1500m/4900ft route Montee De Pipay HC (1561m)
Distance 125km/78mi Ascent 1800m/5900ft route Albertville
Inclusions: Breakfast, Alpine Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guests: Share all the Tour day & spectacular action in the Massif de Belledonne Alps
The Dauphine professional peloton will be fired up for this historic week-end of mountain stages of 133km and 113.5km. With this epic stage including 4150m of climbing in a relatively short distance of 133km its uphill all the way for the very best cyclists in the world, including 4 category Cols and the final test of the legs to the summit finish at Les Sept Laux-Pipay (HC)
The Tour de France last visited this ski resort in the Massif de Belledonne back in 1980 this is exciting racing terrain that will make for a spectacular final week-end at the Dauphine in 2019.
Heading into the Alps with your own magnificent rides and supported all the way by the local professional guides at Practice Bicycle does not have to be so daunting with your own choice of ride options, tailored to your requirements as you pedal on the route of these famous cycling roads.
With our own work done for the day and at your ‘Unique Live Viewing Spot’ in the Alps your team has thought of everything for you, get your breath back and enjoy your Alpine restaurant lunch and all the action of the finish line of stage 7 at the Criterium Dauphine 2019.
Sunday June 16th – View the Criterium du Dauphine Stage 8 Cluses > Champéry (Start)
Distance 50km/31mi Ascent 480m/1600ft route Cluses
Distance 65km/40mi Ascent 800m/2600ft route Grand Alps
Distance 70km/44mi Ascent 1300m/4300ft route Col de la Colombiere (1618m)
Distance 110km/68mi Ascent 1800m/5900ft route Cluses + Colombiere (1618m)
Inclusions: Breakfast, Dauphine French Alps Lunch
Non-Cycling Guests: Share all the Tour day & magnificent French Alps
Today is our last superb ride opportunity together during your Dauphine bike tour and after yesterday’s Alpine stage, we have one final adventure as we head deep into the Grand Alps…it has to be experienced to be believed, if you still have your uphill pedalling legs!
We’ve seen all the sights of this years Criterium Dauphine from the superfast sprinters to the amazing climbers in the mountains, this morning enjoy the opportunity of a close up look at the weary warriors of the road at the final stage start. After 1200km of racing on new and testing roads the peloton has one final day of suffering, take a look at the teams as they prepare for their last effort to decide who will win the prestigious leaders jerseys at the 2019 Criterium Dauphine.
Flexibility with our premium small group allows for the very best ride options on our local roads of the Aravis Mountain range; with options for all abilities pick your perfect ride to end an incredible cycling holiday in the magnificent French Alps. Celebrate your Criterium Dauphine bike tours and all your amazing ride accomplishments one last time over a restaurant lunch with Practice Bicycle Tours.
Monday 17th June – Departure Day from Annecy French Alps
Inclusions: Breakfast, Geneva International Airport Transfer
Today is the departure day from your Criterium Dauphine adventure. Your team will say good bye this morning and transfer you to Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) for your midday departure. Practice Bicycle Tours wish you a “Bon Voyage”, safe cycling until we Practice Bicycle together again.
*As with all the Practice Bicycle planned rides you always have the option of taking it easy and enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace.