Tour de France Bike Tours Lake Annecy

Action Packed Tour de France Live Stages

Join all the excitement of France with your opportunity of a lifetime at the 2024 Tour de France, this spectacular cycling vacation all from the shores of Lake Annecy in the French Alps with this ultimate bike tour from Practice Bicycle Tours.
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.

About the Tour De France:
The Tour de France is an annual men’s multiple-stage bike race primarily held in France. It is the oldest of the three Grand Tours (Le Tour, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana), and is generally considered the most prestigious.
Traditionally, the bulk of the race is held in July. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same, and includes time trials, passage through the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, and a finish on the Champs Elysees in Paris. However, due to the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad being held in Paris, for the first time in history, the race will conclude in Nice, on the French Riviera.
The modern editions of the Tour de France consist of 21 day-long stages over a 23-day period and cover approximately 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) total.
Each year the Tour de France route includes classic alpine roads we’ve been exploring for over 20 years.
For 2024, Practice Bicycle has selected three amazing and contrasting Tour De France stages for incorporation into our exciting range of Tour De France cycling packages. These include – Stages 4, 5 and 6 of the Tour.
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!
Tour de France bike tours are more enjoyable when you Unpack Once, Ride Everyday with this small group cycling vacation. With an exciting variety of 3 contrasting TDF stages on offer this year, join the action live and enjoy a selection of superb, tailored rides to suit all abilities, escape the norm and immerse yourself in authentic France.

Tour de France Bike Tours

Crazy, Chaos, Thrilling, Amazing it must be the 2024 Tour de France the greatest sporting event in the world!

The parcours for the 111th edition of the Tour De France has been officially unveiled for 2024. It’s unusual because of the Italian start and the finish in Nice, it’s different because of everything else in between.
In 2024, the Tour de France is better than ever.
Covering 3405km across 21 incredible stages, there’s enough to suit the climbers over the rouleurs, plenty for sprinters, and terrain for the puncheurs.
The 2024 Tour starts with three stages in Italy and crosses into France via the Alps before venturing north for the first time trial and a tricky helping of gravel. The second week takes the race down towards the Pyrenees via the Massif Central, for a double-header of summit finishes before the final week unfolds in the Alps.
Who will light up the roads at the 2024 Tour de France, the unpredictable new stars of cycling or will the experienced racer win the coveted yellow jersey this July?

The selection of spectacular stages from Lake Annecy, show case the ultimate Grand Tour live race viewing, with a variety of stages, the majestic alpine stage, the lakes and mountains of the Rhone region and excitement of a Burgundy stage start.
Experience the best of France with your Tour de France cycling vacation, the ideal balance between quality cycling, amazing race viewing, mouthwatering restaurant lunches and relaxing in a small group environment, enjoyed by all our discerning bike riders and non-cycling guests.

You’re here on our website because you’re a cyclist. You’ve always toyed with the idea of riding one of these incredible stages of the Tour de France. To cycle the route of champions. To climb one of the legendary cols and achieve that adrenaline rush as you head downhill on the flipside.
With Practice Bicycle, your dream of cycling the Tour de France and experiencing all the action is real.
Practice Bicycle has an array of expertly crafted cycling packages inclusive of accommodation. Come join us in 2024 where you can realise your dream of being King or Queen of the Mountain.

Love to Climb?

Bike Race ToursEPIC ALPS CYCLING COLS! Based in the heart of ‘Cycling Paradise’ you are among an endless variety of spectacular roads, terrain and cols. From Semnoz (1665m) 10.7km @ 8.5% to the Col de la Croix-fry (1477m) cat1 – 11.3km @ 7% and you’ll get to immerse yourself in the best rides of your life during your Alps cycling holiday week.

Epic Alps Bike Rides
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Bike Race Tour

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PB Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

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Comfortable / Challenging
40-100km / 25-62mi
Various ride distances each day

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Premium Tour:
4*Plus Hotel Accommodation AUD $5219 pp
4* Hotel Accommodation AUD $4876 pp
3* Hotel Accommodation AUD $4580 pp
2* Hotel Accommodation AUD $4480 pp
Rides Only:
Without Accommodation AUD $3592 pp

One Hotel Cycling

Annecy, French Alps

Dates

29 June – 5 July 2024 (3 Stages)

Duration

6 Nights / 7 Days

Small Group

8 Guests

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Single Room – AUD $873
Bike Hire – AUD $600
Non-Cycling Partner – AUD $4310

Unpack Once, Ride Everyday

The Perfect Tour de France Bike Tours Cycling Destination Annecy French Alps.

Annecy is one of the most beautiful towns in France. Nestled on the shores of spectacular Lake Annecy and surrounded by the majestic French Alps and stunning countryside. This makes Annecy an unforgettable place to visit and the perfect one location for your Tour de France cycling vacation.
The PB Team have been thrilled to show our cycling guests all the action, excitement and atmosphere of the Tour de France live from the roadside since 2009.
Lake Annecy at the base of the Grand Alps and surrounded by many of the Tour de France Cols offers our guests the best of cycling and relaxation, the Ultimate Tour de France bike tour. This is your bike race tour experience with a difference.

Had a great week with Paul & Bridgete doing the French Alps Stages at the 2023 Tour de France & staying in Annecy.
The rides out to the stages were breathtaking, challenging at times but most enjoyable.
The food & places we ate are were incredible!
Meet some great people on the tour & highly recommend Practice Bicycle Tours.
Thanks guys for some great life long memories
Testimonial by Philip - Australia
Philip - Australia

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Unique premium small group Tour de France cycling on the shores of Lake Annecy, don’t miss out in 2024 book your Ultimate cycling vacation today.

7 Day Tour
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Tour de France Itinerary

Join the spectacle and breathtaking atmosphere with 3 live contrasting stages from Annecy at the 2024 Tour de France.
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Saturday 29 June - Arrival Day in Annecy
Welcome to your Tour de France cycling vacation in charming Annecy at the heart of the French Alps.
The PB Team will meet and greet at Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) with your private transfer to your One Hotel Cycling Vacation for the week in the ‘baby Paris’ Lake side town of Annecy.
Once checked in to your hotel relax and unwind from your travels, this evening we welcome you to your Tour de France cycling vacation with aperitif together followed by gastronomique dinner at one of Annecy’s finest restaurants to experience the best of French cuisine!
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Sunday 30th June – Lake Annecy
*Ride options:
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 210m/700ft route Lake Annecy
Distance 50km/31mi Ascent 370m/1200ft route Cote de Bluffy (734m)
Distance 60km/37mi Ascent 630m/2000ft route Cote du Puget (796m)
This first ride together can only be described as absolutely stunning, enjoy the breathtaking ride around Lake Annecy, the cleanest Lake in Europe, surrounded by the Forrest Mountain of Semnoz on the west and the massive La Tournette (2351m) and the Grand Alps to the east. The perfect way to begin the most exhilarating week of riding with Practice Bicycle Tours at the 2024 Tour de France.
This spectacular route was also the final Time Trial stage of the 2009 edition of the Tour de France, great memories of a classic day at the races. For those wishing to take on gravity on their first ride, we have it covered with two options including the actual time trial route where you can try and emulate Alberto Contador with his winning effort on the Cote de Bluffy (734m – 3.7km @ 6%).
A stunning introduction ride also deserves an equally superb restaurant lunch experience with your Practice Bicycle cycling vacation with the very best flavours of gourmet France and lunch by the lake.

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

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Monday 1st July – Villages & Mountains
*Ride Options:
Distance 45km/28mi Ascent 530m/1700ft route Bellecombe-en-Bauges
Distance 65km/40mi Ascent 850m/2800ft route Col de Leschaux (900m)
Distance 80km/50mi Ascent 1750m/5700ft route Cret du Chatillon (1660m)
With the Tour de France peloton racing towards the last of the Italian stages in the city of Turin today, we have planned your cycling adventures in ‘Cycling Paradise’ on the amazing network of roads surrounding Annecy.
Riding from your hotel with a choice of incredible ride routes using the roads of the 2013 Tour de France into the Bauges Regional Nature Park that also ended with a summit finish at Semnoz Mountain (1660m).
Its tranquil and beautiful at the same time with the perfect café stop never far away. Choose the comfortable ride or for those who prefer to climb mountains rather than look at them, Semnoz is waiting, It’s a classic climb and gives you a taste of what it must feel like to be a Tour de France rider in the French Alps.
With the team’s endless local knowledge of the roads surrounding Lake Annecy, it will be a spectacular day of riding whichever route you decide.
Just as important with your great cycling holiday is a well-deserved gem restaurant lunch experience, hidden amongst these perfect cycling roads of the Massif des Bauges is waiting your traditional Haute Savoie feast. Once recovered and refreshed roll back to your hotel with incredible panoramic views of the Lake and Alps, with plenty of time to relax and get ready for all the excitement of live Tour action tomorrow.
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Tuesday 2nd July - View Tour de France Live Stage 4 Pinerolo – Valloire (Alps Finish)
*Ride Options:
Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 800m/2600ft route Col du Telegraphe (1566m)
Distance 36km/22mi Ascent 1200m/3900ft route Col du Galibier (2642m)
Distance 55km/34mi Ascent 2100m/6900ft route Col du Telegraphe + Col du Galibier
With the peloton crossing the border from Italy and entering France it’s the Massif Grand Alps waiting for the race with Stage 4 of the 2024 Tour de France. An incredible test for the peloton, with the Giant of the Alps and the climb of the Col du Galibier (2642m) before the finish line in the ski station of Valloire.
Your opening live viewing of this year’s Tour de France can only be described as spectacular, as we head deep into the High Alps and on top of the world…it must be experienced to be believed!
Flexibility with our premium small group allows for the best ride options, 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 conserve a little energy then the Col du Telegraphe (1566m 11.8km @ 7.3%) is the ideal challenge, whichever ride route you choose look forward to a breathtaking day of cycling and an amazing day at the Tour de France.
Once refreshed by the gastronomic alpine restaurant lunch in the style of a PB cycling tour you are at the ideal spot with time to relax, recover and enjoy the rest of this special day in this wonderful ski village in the heart of the High Alps and all the finish line excitement of the Tour de France in Valloire.
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Wednesday 3rd July - View Tour de France Live Stage 5 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Saint Vulbas (Rhone River)
*Ride Options:
Distance 35km/22mi Ascent 350m/1200ft route Côte de l’Huis (390m)
Distance 50km/31mi Ascent 450m/1500ft route Les Echelles
Distance 112km/70mi Ascent 910m/3000ft route Aix-les-Bains
Tour de France cycling and live viewing doesn’t have to be demanding every day, after yesterdays breathtaking ride in the majestic Alps todays sights and delights are the Lakes and Rivers of France.
It was high octane alps action fighting for the coveted yellow jersey, today enjoy the famous Lake Bourget and Rhone Region as the Tour de France route follows the Rhone River to the expected super-fast sprint finish in Saint Vulbas.
Take advantage of riding from your hotel this morning to your rendezvous with the excitement of the Tour de France live from the roadside.
With a choice of magnificent ride options for both your eyes and leg, passing neighbouring Lake Bourget, the Spa town of Aix-les-Bains, Chartreuse Mountains to the Rhone valley. Pick your perfect ride, and how much time you would like to spend in the saddle to catch up with Le Tour!
With many years of international cycling experience combined with a unique skill set designing the very best bike tours for discerning cycling guests, Practice Bicycle specialise in tailoring the perfect cycling vacation at the Tour de France.
Contrasting Tour de France live race viewing only adds to the ultimate bike tour experience, along with your rewarding, mouthwatering local French restaurant lunch, you are in for a surprise as we are in three different areas, the departments of the Savoie, Ain and Isere for todays great tastes! With the value in the detail your PB local support team have the perfect spot ready for you; the atmosphere will be building as we are at the greatest sporting show on earth.
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Thursday 4th July – View Tour de France Live Stage 6 Macon - Dijon (Stage Start)
*Ride Options:
Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 315m/1000ft route Macon
Distance 52km/32mi Ascent 560m/1800ft route Abbaye de Cluny
Distance 73km/45mi Ascent 930m/3000ft route La Roche de Solutré
The buzz and excitement of the Tour de France stage depart in the historic medieval city of Macon is waiting for you with your final 2024 Tour de France bike tour adventures. Immerse yourself in the Le Tour one final time, with team buses, riders and support crews all preparing for the biggest sporting show on earth. Enjoy exploring the ‘Village Depart’ and all the glamour of the best professional cyclists in the world and their multi-million-dollar support teams and equipment on display, take advantage of the riders ‘Sign On Podium’ the perfect spot for a great photo of your favourite cycling stars at this years Tour de France.
Enjoy riding a little earlier than the professional’s this morning with the opening flat kilometres of the stage route on the roads of this famous Bourgogne wine region, turn the legs easy or challenge the Roche de Solutre recognised as a Great Site of France on these stunning roads of this region of France.
An amazing Bourgogne bike ride, Le Tour depart live, it’s time to relax in tradition with the unique Practice Bicycle philosophy with the most renowned specialties of Bourgogne celebration restaurant lunch together, Bon Appetit!
Tour de France Bike Tour
Friday 5th July – Departure Day from Annecy
Departure Day and It’s time for your Tour de France cycling vacation in Annecy to draw to an end as we transfer you this morning to Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) for your onward travels.
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 small group tailored ride each day, in addition enjoy the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace should you wish.

Tour Arrival & Departure Meet Point: Geneva International Airport (Switzerland).

Your Tour de France Bike Tour package includes a 3:00pm pick-up & 12:00 midday drop-off at Geneva International Airport (Switzerland).

We suggest International guests arrive 1 night prior to the tour to recover from your travels and adapt to the local time zone, our recommendation the
Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport which includes an Airport Shuttle.

Should you already be travelling in Europe you can join us in the town of Annecy, France by the following methods:

Air Travel: The two most convenient airports to Annecy are, Geneva Airport (Switzerland) a 45min transfer and Lyon Airport (France) 1.15hrs transfer.
Both these airports are serviced by many International carriers and low cost European airlines.

Bus Travel: Public Bus Transport operates between the airports and Annecy alternatively convenient Taxi and Private Transfer Services are available.

Train Travel: the Rail Europe TGV network brings you direct to Annecy from many of the capital cities of Europe including Paris.

Car Travel: Many worldwide Car Rental companies are also available and the A41 French Autoroute network will bring you directly to Annecy.

The “ULTIMATE Bike Trip” Experience – Tour de France 2024!
Ultimate Small Group, Ultimate One Location Stay TDF 2024, Ultimate French Alps roadside viewing, Your Ultimate Bike Rides with the Alps Specialists…
Of course you deserve the Ultimate French Flavours!!!
Classic, French, Understated… Practice Bicycle Bike Tours

Time for French gastronomy… relax, get to know each another, chat about the fantastic week that awaits you at ‘Le Tour’, PB will Welcome you in style with an aperitif followed by a classic French Restaurant Dinner and drinks.

During your TDF ride days, a cafe/boulangerie stop is facilitated en-route.
Once at our sensational TDF live viewing spot roadside, Practice Bicycle have organised a variety of fine French flavours Entree + Plat + Desert each day for you to savour!
Please note drinks are not included with the Lunches.

Your evenings are free to dine at your leisure, it’s almost time for ‘Beer o clock’ a kir royal (again… ) or a grimbergen double ambree. Should you require any dinner suggestions, Practice Bicycle are happy to recommend!

Your ‘Ultimate’ Tour de France experience deserves an ultimate selection of handpicked premium, luxury hotel options for you! Practice Bicycle offer a choice of 4*Plus, 4*, 3* or 2* superior, quality air-conditioned hotel accommodation located in undoubtedly the most beautiful town in France, Annecy.
Ideal for the ‘solo traveller’ our choice 2* Hotel, is the perfect solution for an economical cycling vacation to Le Tour.
With a choice of fantastic, modern stays on offer, choose your style of hotel for you to unwind, relax, feel comfortable whilst you enjoy the best of the Tour de France in Annecy.

4*Plus Best Western Carlton Hotel Annecy Centre

4 Star Best Western Plus Carlton Annecy Centre Ville          4 Star Best Western Plus Carlton Executive Room          4 Star Best Western Plus Carlton Buffet Breakfast

4* Novotel Annecy Centre Hotel 

Novotel Annecy Centre 4 Star France          Novotel Annecy Centre 4 Star Classic Rooms          Novotel Annecy Centre 4 Star Complete Breakfast Choice

4* Mercure Annecy Centre Hotel 

Mercure Annecy Centre 4 Star Hotel          Mercure Annecy Centre 4 Star Hotel Classic Rooms          Mercure Annecy Centre 4 Star Hotel Buffet Breakfast

3* Hotel Campanile Annecy Centre Ville

Hotel Campanile Annecy Centre 3 Star France          Hotel Campanile Annecy Centre 3 Star Standard Room          Hotel Campanile Annecy Centre 3 Star Continental Breakfast

3* Hotel de Bonlieu Annecy Centre Ville

Hotel de Bonlieu 3 Star Annecy Centre Ville          Hotel de Bonlieu 3 Star Annecy Centre Ville Bedroom          Hotel de Bonlieu 3 Star Annecy Centre Ville Buffet Breakfast

2* Hotel de Nord Annecy Centre Ville

2 Star Hotel du Nord Annecy Centre Ville          2 Star Hotel du Nord Annecy Centre Ville Double Room          2 Star Hotel du Nord Annecy Centre Ville Continental Breakfast

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 2024 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.

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 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, Switzerland, 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.

For complete flexibility with your cycling vacation without using our accommodation our ‘Rides Only’ package is the perfect solution to join this Tour de France bike tour. Arrange your own stay in the fantastic town of Annecy with one of the many hotels or apartments available to you.
Each day join the PB Team at a convenient central meeting point in the town of Annecy. Fully escorted and supported on a superb variety of rides to the best viewing locations to catch the Tour de France live from the roadside in the French Alps.
What’s Included:
* 5 superb, tailored rides, highly experienced cycling guides with the highest level of safety including TDF race routes.
* Daily ride options ‘the tailored challenge’.
* 3 spectacular live viewing opportunities of contrasting stages of the Tour de France stages 4, 5 & 6.
* Welcome to Annecy with aperitif and French gourmet restaurant dinner.
* 5 Restaurant gastronomique French lunch experiences including at 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 in Annecy the French Alps.
* Private Transfers from Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) to Annecy, France arrival & departure days.

What our discerning cycling guests had to say about their Tour de France cycling vacation with PB

The Ride was rich…the conversation with Paul was the “real gold”!
Bridget’s level of care & attention to detail was impressive!
Spectacular scenery, delicious food and some never ending climbs…
Very hard to beat grey hair & experience…
Thankyou for making our tour so memorable!
Darren – Australia

Dear PB (Bridget & Paul)
Thanks for an awesome experience at TDF. I really appreciated the local knowledge and care taken in selecting lunch and catering the rides distance/elevation to the groups ability. The tour was a good balance between spectating and riding. If you could control the weather I’d suggest delaying the heat wave to help the aussies coming from winter (haha) 🙂
Had an awesome time at the Tour de France with Practice Bicycle Tour’s Bridget and Paul. I was especially impressed by the small group tour format, consisting of riding in the alps, eating delicious food and spectating then transiting back to Annecy. PB generously share their local knowledge and I would highly recommend to those looking for a bespoke, personal holiday experience!
Kate – Australia

Loved all the rides, scenery etc was incredible. Food & places we ate at were great. Accommodation for 2 Star was very good. I personally had difficulty opening with small food items on rides with sweaty hands. Overall I loved the whole experience.
Phil – Australia

Staying in same location makes it a real holiday
Appreciate the ability to move times around the as the tour times change
Coffee stops were very much appreciated to break up the rides
Restaurants lunches were fantastic
Like the variety of stages, prefer mid-mountain as more relaxed atmosphere
It was an great week of riding / spectating / eating without the long car trips between stages and hotels. Bridget and Paul were excellent tour operators with insightful knowledge of everything cycling and about the alps region. I would highly recommend.
Dean – Australia

Hi there,
Could you please pass on my thanks to Paul and Bridget for the great TDF ride day yesterday,  I really enjoyed it and it was great to meet everyone, I’d definitely been keen to join again in the future.
Many thanks again, I had a fabulous time
Steph – UK

Thanks for the fantastic photos Bridget & Paul. You have been  absolute troopers the last few days. It couldn’t have been easy being ill and still trying to entertain. We appreciate it so much and have loved every second with you both. The food was spectacular and the riding was fun. You guys really do have a great thing going on.
Anne & Len – Australia

If you ever want to tour France, Portugal, Italy or Australia via bicycle I would highly recommend the 1st Class Practice Bicycle Tours Company first hand.
Grace – USA

I truly enjoyed my week with you guys. As I said at the last dinner I was not sure if I would like cycling every day for a week as normally I’m a bit of a weekend only guy.
The Tour de France week was great in every respect, the rides, the Tour, the meals and especially the company!
Simon – Australia

A great week. We are so lucky to have found Practice Bicycle Tours. Paul and Bridget were incredible hosts, Loved every minute of the tour!
Lenny – Australia

Thanks Practice Bicycle Bike Tours – Amazing! Great shots to remember the Tour de France trip. Thanks again for a very well organised and professional tour. Great routes, climbs, food, wine, company and weather.
Kevin – Australia

Paul and Bridget
Thank you for sending the wonderful video. It is a great momento of our experience and we’ve certainly shared it with others who’d appreciate it. I’ve watched it several times and each viewing brings a tingle of joy.
Carrie and I had a great time and truly appreciate all that you did to make our week together so special. Something we’ll always treasure.
I appreciate your flexibility toward different rider strengths and possible ride options. That was something that was apparent in your tour description and attracted me. To me, that’s your biggest challenge with any group – dealing with its range of skills and capabilities. You do a great job. Your concern for the safety of your group is greatly appreciated.
The Hotel choice was great. Breakfasts were good. I know that you were concerned that our early morning breakfasts were scaled back and placed on the reception counter. But, I think they did a good job to accommodate our needs and it didn’t bother us. We were just happy to have something available to us at such an early hour.
We enjoyed all of our meals together as well as rest stops. We appreciate the importance you give them and the planning involved. They’re a big part of the experience!
I recognize the challenges of viewing the Tour. Our three TDF days worked out beautifully. Lunch spots were great. Changing/shower facilities were appreciated.
Thomas and Lorene were great in their roles as drivers and providing support. Always there with cheerful personalities offering drinks, snacks or whatever assistance they could provide.
Hired bikes were great.
Best wishes until we have the opportunity to pedal together again. We’ll never watch a stage of the TDF again without being reminded of our friends in Annecy.
David & Carrie – USA

We have done 2 TDF tours with Practice Bicycle and the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal they cycle at what ever pace you are capable of and take you to amazing viewing points and scrumptious eating spots. We hope to return to France and do more cycling with them next year. They really know their stuff.
Annie – Australia

Hi Paul & Bridget
Just wanted to say thanks for dropping in the extra TDF water bottle for my daughter, her school project on the TDF was a huge success, with all the goodies I got along the way for her. Also thanks for a great week, we are still talking about the great times we had on the morning rides at home, the old Weetabix just aren’t the same as a chocolate croissant in the morning though.
Hope to ride with you again.
Craig – Australia

Back in chilly Sydney and just wanted to THANK YOU AGAIN, for all the effort you guys put in to make our trip so great. I especially appreciated your help with the gluten free food – it is such a pain in the butt, and I was prepared to eat nothing but salad all week in order to avoid any fuss, but thanks to you I enjoyed all sorts of delicious meals. Please also give our thanks to Olivier – we didn’t really say goodbye to him and I really enjoyed his company in the minibus – he was able to answer all my questions about cows, funny roofs etc…Happy cycling.
Wendy & Len – Australia

So many great memories…
Thank you so much for the DVD of our Tour de France experience. A great compilation that we have watched endlessly. So many great memories and still hard to believe that we were there. Paul has a new bike. I am still happy to be his soigneur. We really, really enjoyed our time with the group. It was so superior travelling with a small group and we had such a nice mix of people. And special thanks to the Non-Cycling Team – what an amazing job they did!…
Thanks again for everything!
Gail & Paul – Australia

Dear Bridget and Paul,
We just wanted to say how much we loved the whole Tour de France week with you both – 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 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, a lovely surprise!
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 and the thought that went into each day’s lunch experiences.
Take care and very best wishes from us both
Jeremy & Jenny – Australia

On this Tour de France trip my wife and I we were accompanied by our 3 teenage children. All who have some level of cycling experience. We certainly had reservations if one of the TDF trips would be appropriate and how they would cope.
The support, encouragement and assistance provided by the Practice Bicycle Team for the teenage children was outstanding! The support and advice offered by Paul and Bridget during rides and conversations between rides in preparation was very good. All the children achieved more than they otherwise would have and made the experience a very enjoyable one. Our eldest daughter Nikki has now commenced learning French and is making plans to return next year during the term 3 holidays for another cycling adventure
Dean, Pam, Nikki, Tegan & Ryan – Australia

Bonjour mes Amies
We arrived home well rested after 2 days in Hong Kong! Bikes arrived safely too! How did the Tour de Suisse go?
We were very envious!!
Thank you both for looking after us so well, again we had a fabulous time, and the surprise Fine dining experience…. Michelin star*! Can’t wait to see how you are going to top that next time?
See you both in Adelaide in January for the Tour down Under, take care and we’ll be in touch soon.
A Bientot
p.s Everyone here who watched the Tour is raving about Annecy! They all say the views shown of Annecy and the lake was spectacular.
Catarina & John – Australia

Tour de France, amazing
Thanks so much Bridget & Paul, had a ball will be odds on for next year. Best holiday in a long time! Just to keep you updated i am filling the spots for our Private Tour. Thanks again for such a wonderful time over in Annecy.
Keiran & Sarah – Singapore

What a day to remember at the Tour de France!
“Time trial day was a treat!! Practice Bicycle Tours had secured a large house on the course with as much wine and food as you wished. The chef served us many popular French foods and wine. Between the champagne and cheering for Lance, Cadel and Stuey the day went much too quickly.
So here I am back in Australia looking at the photos of us all on the summit of mountains with snow caps as the back drop. It would not have happened without the professional and personal attention of Bridget and Paul, first class service and lots of fun!
Many, many thanks and see you next year.”
Ange – Australia

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 sections of the Tour de France stage route, look at the variety of rides available on the detailed daily itinerary above.

Practice Bicycle arrived in the majestic French Alps in 1996, since this time they have developed an incredible variety of a staggering 100+ routes for riders of all levels, expect the best bike rides of your life with your Tour de France cycling vacation.

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

Packing and Unpacking each day is tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, enjoy and experience the destination before it is 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 your Tour de France holiday when you Unpack Once, Ride Everyday!

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 carbon bikes with disc brake or rim brake options 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        Lapierre rim brake 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 Premium 7 day tour includes:

  • 6 nights of quality 4*Plus, 4*, 3* or 2* Hotel Accommodation in Annecy the heart of the majestic French Alps
  • French continental buffet breakfasts a perfect start to the day.
  • 5 superb, tailored rides, highly experienced cycling guides with the highest level of safety including TDF race routes
  • Daily ride options, ‘the tailored challenge’
  • 3 spectacular live viewing opportunities of contrasting stages of the Tour de France stages 4, 5 & 6
  • Welcome to Annecy with aperitif and French gourmet restaurant dinner
  • 5 Restaurant gastronomique French lunch experiences including 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 in Annecy the French Alps
  • Private Transfers from Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) to Annecy, France arrival & departure days

Tour de France French Alps Bike Tour Highlights:

  • Magnificent Lake Annecy the most enchanting town in France, perfect Tour de France cycling holiday destination
  • 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 French Alps .
  • Challenge and enjoy the French Alps, Col du Telegraphe (1566m), Cote du Puget (796m), Col du Galibier (2642m), Côte de l’Huis (390m), Cret du Chatillion (1660m), Col de Leschaux (900m), Cote de Bluffy (734m), take on one, take on all the challenge is yours!
  • Experience sights & delights of France, Bauges National Park, historic medieval city of Macon, spa town of Aix-les-Bains, famous Bourgogne wine region and Valloire alpine ski village.
  • Memorable Tour de France unique live viewing, Bourgogne stage depart spectacle, Ain Department Rhone River action  & Majestic Col du Galibier climbing finale!
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun
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