Tour de France Bike Tours

Action Packed French Alps Stages Live

Come and experience the opportunity of a lifetime at the 2022 Tour de France with your spectacular cycling vacation in the French Alps with the ultimate bike tour from Practice Bicycle Tours.

The epic 2022 Tour de France route includes classic alpine stages on roads we’ve been exploring for over 20 years. Escape the norm and immerse yourself in authentic France with this premium quality small group guided cycling vacation.

The Tour de France is the pinnacle of the season for cycling fans and the Practice Bicycle team, who have a special passion for cycling and international racing ready to share with you. You want to feel like you belong and you’re not just another tourist in the group… in fact you want to totally escape, both on your bike and whilst relaxing…. a real cycling holiday!

2022 Tour de France Bike Tours

Crazy, Chaos, Thrilling, Amazing it must be the Tour de France 2022 the greatest sporting event in the world!  Gone are the traditional routes of previous editions, this year’s route will be passing through 4 different countries with exciting and attacking racing all the way to Paris.  With spectacular stages in the majestic grandeur of the high French Alps, experience the best cycling of your life with this superb cycling package and make your own life time memories at this year’s Tour de France.
Who will light up the roads at this years Tour de France, will it continue to be the new stars of cycling or will the experienced racer win the coveted yellow jersey this July?
Experience the best of France with our Tour de France cycling holidays, the ideal balance between quality cycling, amazing race viewing and relaxing in a small group environment which is enjoyed by all our discerning bike riders and non-cycling guests.

Can’t make July join us for the Dauphine in June?

Bike Race ToursCriterium du Dauphine June race action on the roads of the French Alps, just like the Tour de France without the crowds!

Criterium du Dauphine Trips
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Bike Race Tour

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Flexible – 40km/25mi – 100km/62mi
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 40km,75km or 100km

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TDF – French Alps 5 Day Tour
Rides Only – without Accommodation
$2375 per person
Premium – 3*Hotel Accommodation
$2797 per person

One Hotel Cycling

Maurienne, French Alps

Dates

11 – 15 July 2022

Duration

5 Days / 4 Nights

Small Group Size

4 to 8 people

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Single room – $317
Bike hire – $400
Non-cycling partner – $2672

Tour de France Non-cycling partner?

That’s ok, we cater to non-cyclists too!

Our Tour de France bike tours also include a non-cycling tour package for any fan of world class cycling who does not wish to ride and prefers to spectate at the Tour de France. The perfect solution for a non-cycling wife, husband, partner to accompany the bike rider on their spectacular Tour de France bike tour.

We just wanted to say how much we loved the whole TDF week with Practice Bicycle Tours - brilliant in all ways!
The attention to detail, the huge variation in each of the day's riding through such beautiful country and amazing little villages was just fantastic - culminating in that most amazing descent on the last day. (not so good on the time trialling Paul) but just loved the TDF Alpine climbs.
Again thank you both so much for an amazing experience and all the little extras that didn't go unnoticed right down to the musette bag of goodies.
Jen cannot thank you both enough for the amazing support you gave her which we both incredibly appreciated!
The week was an unforgettable experience both in riding, the race viewing and the thought that went into each day's special restaurant lunch experiences.
Very best wishes from us both.
Testimonial by J & J Upton – Australia
J & J Upton – Australia

Dates

TDF - French Alps 5 Day Tour
2022

Itinerary TDF French Alps

Don’t miss the spectacle and breathtaking atmosphere of the towering French Alps at the 2022 Tour de France.
Monday 11 July - Arrival Day – Maurienne Valley French Alps
*Ride options:
Distance 38km/23mi Ascent 510m/1600ft route Lacets de Montvernier (782m)
Distance 58km/36mi Ascent 1250m/4100ft route Col du Chaussy (1533m)
Includes: Geneva Airport Switzerland Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner
Non-Cycling Guests: Share the spectacular tour day in the Maurienne Valley

Welcome to the Tour de France 2022 in the French Alps, this morning we meet and greet at Geneva Airport and vehicle transfer south to the Maurienne Valley and your one location cycling base for the next 5 days.
We are here to assist you with your hotel check in and to prepare the bikes for a wonderful and spectacular cycling vacation. Our first ride together will blow away your travels and ensure that the bikes are also running perfectly as we enjoy the valley roads, fresh mountain air and alpine peaks, just perfect. This is also the ideal opportunity to experience the amazing switchback roads of the Lacets de Montvernier (782m 3.4km @ 8.2%), you could call it a baby Alpe d’Huez!
This will be part of the Tour de France stage 10 route in 2 days’ time, on the previous edition this road was blocked to everyone including cyclists, a unique opportunity not to be missed.
For anyone wishing to flex their muscles from day one press on upwards following the valley rock wall to the summit of a previous Tour de France challenge, the Col du Chaussy (1533m 15.4km @ 6.3%).
Complete the perfect opening day at your 2022 Tour de France with a welcome aperitif together followed by gastronomique dinner to experience the best flavours of French cuisine!

*Ride Options are led by the Practice Bicycle highly experienced cycling guides, with a unique skill set for the perfect tailored ride each day, in addition the option of enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace should you wish.

Tuesday 12th July – View Tour de France Stage 10 Morzine - Megeve (Alps)
*Ride Options:
Distance 34km/21mi Ascent 800m/2600ft route Albertville
Distance 48km/29mi Ascent 1100m/3600ft route Montee de Megeve (1460m)
Distance 107km/66mi Ascent 1305m/4300ft route Gorges de l’Arly
Includes: Breakfast, TDF Gourmet Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guests: Share all the tour day and chic Megeve

Here it is what we’ve all been waiting for live action of the Tour de France 2022 from the roadside with the finish in the beautiful town of Megeve! With over 20 years of French Alps cycling experience with Practice Bicycle all our guests have come to expect the perfect tailored rides. With 3 great ride options available all magnificent, so pick how much time you want to spend in the saddle to catch up with Le Tour!
The TDF professionals will use today to test their legs for the next 2 huge high mountain stages to follow, and the fight for vital seconds will start on the slopes of Megeve. Our amazing valley rides will also be the perfect preparation for the Grand Alps tomorrow, show casing this spectacular cycling area with a variety of terrain is why we keep coming back for more. The flat open valley floor of the Tarentaise valley, contrasts with the vertical rock walls of the Gorges de l’Arly. It’s brilliant cycling with a gradual climb all the way to Megeve, the reward for cycling of this quality is this chic resort town of Megeve with its authentic Savoyard charm.
With the value in the detail your local support team have the perfect spot ready for you; kick back from the roadside with an amazing gourmet lunch experience and take in the entire spectacle that is the Tour de France.
Once all the action and entertainment has finished, we will transfer by vehicle back to Saint Jean de Maurienne for you to enjoy a relaxing evening in the Alps.

Wednesday 13th July - View Tour de France Stage 11 Albertville - Col du Granon (Alps)
*Ride Options:
Distance 31km/19mi Ascent 1064m/3400ft route Col du Telegraphe (1566m)
Distance 36km/22mi Ascent 1200m/3900ft route Valloire
Distance 70km/44mi Ascent 2250m/7300ft route Col du Galibier (2642m)
Includes: Breakfast, TDF Alpine Culinary Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guests: Share all the tour day in Valloire Grand Alps

Today the Yellow Jersey battle hot’s up with the professional peloton hitting the high Alps for two consecutive decisive alpine stages, including the incredible challenge of back to back ascents of the Giant of the Alps, the Galibier.
Flexibility with our premium small group allows for the best ride options, this includes riding from your hotel each day the perfect cycling holiday as we catch up with the spectacle of the Tour live in the high French Alps.
For all cycling fans, it’s the pinnacle to watch live the best cyclists in the world on the most majestic cycling roads in the world.
Why not test your legs with one of the classic cycling challenges of all time…the Col du Galibier (2642m 35km @ 5.5%) this one is for the mountain goats who love to climb then the summit awaits you, before descending in time for an Alpine recovery lunch! If you’d prefer to pace your legs then the Col du Telegraphe (1566m 11.8km @ 7.3%) is a perfect challenge, whichever you decide it will be a great day at the 2022 Tour de France.
Once refreshed we are at the ideal spot with time to relax, recover and enjoy the rest of this special day in the wonderful ski village of Valloire in the heart of the French Alps and all the excitement of this years’ Tour de France.
Relax with an aperitive in true French style before we transfer by vehicle back to your hotel in Saint Jean de Maurienne.

Thursday 14th July – View Tour de France Stage 12 Briancon - Alpe d'Huez (Alps)
*Ride Options:
Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 1070m/3500ft route Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves (1486m)
Distance 38km/24mi Ascent 1670m/5500ft route Col de la Croix der Fer (2067m)
Distance 75km/46mi Ascent 2760m/9000ft route Col du Glandon (1925m)
Includes: Breakfast, TDF Alps Restaurant Lunch
Non-Cycling Guests: Share all the Tour Day & spectacular TDF Action in the High Alps!
After yesterday’s high altitude Tour de France action what can we expect from the Professional peloton with this second gigantic day in the French Alps! Fatigue will be taking its toll and possibly a general classification contender could go for glory on Bastille Day this French Holiday, Fête nationale the 14th of July.
This is also our last ride opportunity together at the 2022 Tour de France, with several days of riding you can really appreciate the benefits of riding from your hotel each morning and the extra rest that our proven formula of ‘Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday’ allows.
We’re cycling deep into the High Alps and for those with strong legs all the way to the summit of the Col de la Croix der Fer (2067m), on top of the world…it has to be experienced to be believed!
For the tired legs the cycling gods have been kind and made these roads with sections to get your breath back before arriving at the perfect ‘Unique live viewing spot’ and the Practice Bicycle formula of hearty mountain lunch!
Once refreshed we are at the ideal spot with time to relax and enjoy the rest of this special day, join the roadside party with the publicity caravan throwing its goodies in all directions before the real show begins and the weary warriors of the road show their climbing skills with one last memorable moment to absorb the professional peloton in the French Alps during this year’s Tour de France!
Friday 15th July – Departure Day from the French Alps
Includes: Breakfast, Geneva Airport Transfer
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, Practice Bicycle are available to assist you with your onward journey from the French Alps. Your team will say goodbye this morning and transfer you to Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) for your midday departure.
Practice Bicycle wish you a “Bon Voyage”, safe cycling until we Practice Bicycle together again.

*Ride Options are led by the Practice Bicycle highly experienced cycling guides, with a unique skill set for the perfect tailored ride each day, in addition the option of enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace should you wish.

Absolutely! Look for our ‘TDF – FRENCH ALPS 4 DAY RIDES ONLY’ package to get on this tour without any add-ons or accommodation for your flexible stay cycling holiday.
Each day you will join the Practice Bicycle Team at a convenient central meeting point in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Fully escorted and supported on superb rides to the best viewing locations to catch the Tour de France live in the French Alps.
Whats included:
* 4 superb, tailored rides, highly experienced cycling guides with the highest level of safety including TDF race routes.
* ‘the tailored challenge’, 3 daily ride options.
* 3 “unique live viewing opportunities” of the Tour de France Stages 10, 11 & 12 in the Alps.
* Welcome to the French Alps traditional drinks and dinner.
* 3 Restaurant gastronomique French lunch experiences on the stages of the Tour de France.
* Support person and vehicle with ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance.
* Sports drinks & nutritional bars available for all bike rides.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bike, if you are excited by the best bike racing in the world, our Tour de France bike tours are for you!

Each cycling route during your 2022 Tour de France bike tour will be tailored specifically to your bike riding ability and experience, including the opportunity of riding parts of the stage route.  So, you can have a challenging ride or a comfortable ride – the choice is yours.

Practice Bicycle choose hand-picked, quality accommodation in the French Alps for your Tour de France cycling vacation.
With 3* hotel accommodation in the Maurienne Valley the entrance to the majestic Grand French Alps. The ideal location to make your Tour de France 2022 a trip of a lifetime!

Hotel St Georges St Jean du Maurienne French Alps

We enjoy a challenge as much as we love cycling. The team at Practice Bicycle has a history in professional bike racing, your host Bridget Evans competed in the 1999 Grand Boucle Femmine (Women’s Tour de France).

So, if it’s a challenge you are looking for, we can definitely find just the right rides for you with our Tour de France bike tours on offer.  Each day a choice of ride routes are available with one perfect for you.

If you are looking for a challenge with your next cycling vacation, take a look at our Challenging Bike Tours category, with fantastic cycling opportunities in superb destinations including, Australia, Portugal, Italy and the French Alps.

We have the ideal package for any fan of world class cycling who does not wish to ride and prefers to spectate during our Tour de France cycling tours.
The perfect solution for a non cycling wife/husband/partner to accompany the bike tour rider on their spectacular Tour de France bike tour.

As a Tour de France Non-Cycling guest and bike race fan you experience all the spectacle, excitement, and action up close and personal of the bike race live. Our local support team will share with you culture and villages on route whilst catching up with the cycling group at our ‘Unique live viewing spots’ and handpicked restaurant lunch together.

We offer a choice of daily tailored rides with our Tour de France bike tours to meet the experience of our cycling guests, including actual Tour de France stage routes, look at the rides available on the itinerary above.

Practice Bicycle arrived in the majestic French Alps in 1996, since this time they have developed 100+ routes for riders of all levels, expect the very best bike rides of your life whilst you are on one of our Tour de France cycling vacations.

‘Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday’
The one location Tour de France cycling holidays are the brainchild of Bridget Evans (Owner/Operator).  On retiring from professional cycling, it was the pure pleasure of cycling that evolved the proven Practice Bicycle philosophy of one location.  Including everything enjoyable and removing the less pleasurable is our goal of your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day was tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, enjoy and experience the destination before it was time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering the very best locations to Practice Bicycle, including the discovery of endless ride routes exploring in every direction all from the one perfect location.
Experience the very best cycling of your life with our Tour de France holidays when you Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday!

Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) is the closest and most convenient airport to your one location Tour de France cycling vacation. For your convenience the premium Tour de France vacation packages include a Geneva Airport pick-up and drop-off service.

Should you already be travelling in Europe you can arrive at our Tour de France bike tours by the following methods:
Air Travel: Geneva Airport (Switzerland) and Lyon Airport (France) are the closest airports, serviced by many International and low cost European airlines.
Train Travel: The super-fast TGV train network operates between many cities including Paris and Geneva.

For your added convenience we have quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with your Tour de France cycling holiday.
Many of our guests prefer their own bikes for maximum cycling pleasure. Should logistics and travel arrangements make this too difficult then our bike hire is the perfect solution.
Depending on availability and size we have several brands of carbon bikes available including Cannondale, Fuji, Lapierre and Haibike, all are recent models with Shimano Ultegra or 105 componentry.

Cannondale Synapse Carbon Road Bike Shimano compact 50/34 x 12-32          Fuji Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50,34 x 12-34          Haibike Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50,34 x 12-32          Lapierre disc brake Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50,34 x 12-32

Tour de France – French Alps 5 day Premium tour includes:

  • 4 nights of quality 3*Hotel Accommodation in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne the heart of the majestic French Alps
  • French continental buffet breakfasts a perfect start to the day.
  • 4 superb, tailored rides, highly experienced cycling guides with the highest level of safety including TDF race routes
  • 3 daily ride options, ‘the tailored challenge’
  • 3 stages “unique live viewing opportunities” of the Tour de France Stages 10, 11 & 12 in the Alps
  • Welcome to the French Alps traditional drinks and dinner
  • 3 Restaurant gastronomique French lunch experiences on the stages of the Tour de France
  • Support person and vehicle with ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance
  • Sports drinks & nutritional bars available for all bike rides
  • The ultimate support of the professional team living in Annecy the French Alps
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off at Geneva International Airport, Switzerland (9.00am tour arrival & departure day)

Tour de France French Alps Bike Tour Highlights:

  • Experience for yourself the thrill of riding Tour de France roads and the slopes of the iconic Cols of the French Alps – ‘see it’ ‘feel it’ ‘admire it’ & ‘remember it’
  • Very best flavours of France in hidden gem Restaurant lunch settings including Tour de France lunch in the majestic high Alps .
  • Challenge and enjoy the French Alps, Monte de Megeve (1460m), Col du Telegraphe (1566m), Col du Galibier (2642m), Lacets de Montvernier (782m), Col du Chaussy (1533m), Col du Glandon (1925m), Col de la Croix de Fer (2067m), take on one, take on all the challenge is yours!
  • Experience charming villages of the French Alps, chic Megeve, chocolatier Albertville, ski resort Valloire and Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves
  • Memorable Tour de France unique live road side viewing in the French Alps and on top of the world!
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun
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