The Ultimate cycling experience at the Ultimate cycling race

Here it is the #1 Tour de France Bike Tour in Cycling Paradise – Annecy!
Come and experience the opportunity of a lifetime at the 2017 Tour de France on Lake Annecy with the ultimate quality bike tour from Practice Bicycle Tours.

The challenging 2017 Tour de France route will spend the first week on our local roads of 20 years around Lake Annecy and the French Alps, escape the norm and immerse yourself in authentic France with this premium quality small group bike tour week.

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 your 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!

2017 Tour de France bike tour

Crazy, Chaos, Thrilling, Amazing it has to be the Tour de France 2017 the greatest sporting event in the world!  With a choice of contrasting stages expect the best cycling of your life whilst in Annecy.  Whether it’s the speed of Burgundy the shock of the Jura or the pain of the Alps this Tour de France bike tour will be full of surprises.
This proven Practice Bicycle formula of the ideal balance between quality rides, race viewing and relaxing is enjoyed by all our discerning bike riders and non-cycling guests.

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Bike Race Tour

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Flexible – from 40 km/day to 100 km/day
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 50km.75km or 100km (Unique in the Industry for a Bike Race Tour)

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Gold: Hotel Pre Carre 4* Accommodation, $4671 per person
Silver: Splendid Hotel 3* Accommodation, $4081 per person
Bronze: Rides only, $2230 per person

Dates

7 – 13 July 2018

Duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

Group Size

4 to 8 people

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Single room – $545
Bike hire – $500
Non-cycling partner – $3510

Non-cycling partner?

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

Our Non Cycling tour package is for any fan of world class cycling who does not wish to ride and prefers to spectate during our Tour de France 2017 Bike Tour week. The perfect solution for a non cycling wife/husband/partner to accompany the Bike Tour rider on their spectacular Tour de France Cycling Holiday whilst in Annecy the French Alps.

We experienced stages 18,19 & 20 of TDF in the comfort and care of our hosts Practice Bicycle who not only organised our mountain stage rides, but secured great locations to then watch the tour roll through!! During our week stay we savoured some very special meals at some of Annecy's finest restaurants. Our weeks experience in the town of Annecy (the Venice of France) was delightful. We both highly recommend these tours to those who not only want to ride the grand alps, but wish to complement the experience with excellent French food and wine. The whole experience was first class. 'Viiva Le Tour' & 'Viva Le Practice Bicycle Tours'!
Testimonial by B&Y Humphries – Australia
B&Y Humphries – Australia

Dates

2018
Above are provisional dates for 2018, confirmation will be in October.  Don’t miss out in 2018 and reserve your place.

Itinerary

Below is the 2017 itinerary! Don’t miss out in 2018 and register above.
Monday 4th July - Arrival Day in Annecy at Tour de France 2017
*Ride option: Distance 55km Ascent 780m route Forclaz
Distance 45km Ascent 370m route TDF Time Trial course
Distance 40km Ascent 210m route Lake Annecy
Includes: Airport Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner
Non cycling guests: Share the spectacular tour day around Lake Annecy
Our first ride together and what a ride it is, the breathtaking lap of 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 Practicebicycle Tours at the Tour de France 2017 in Annecy the French Alps!
Leaving Annecy Centre Ville at a leisurely pace, it’s not long before we are following the contour of the Lake. It’s easy to see why we like to take in this gentle ride…..so much to see in such a short period of time! This amazing route was also the 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 day with PRACTICEBICYCLE we can complete the full Time Trial route and try and emulate Alberto Contador with his winning effort, plus an optional classic Col from the Criterium Dauphine bike race.
Stopping for a café and patisserie at one of our favourite bars on route is the icing on the cake and slows us down enough to experience the pace of French life before the action really hots up later in the week!
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!
Wednesday 5th July – Petit Bornand Valley
*Ride option: Distance 115km Ascent 1950m route Col de la Colombiere (1618m)
Distance 90km Ascent 1400m route Col des Fleuries (932m)
Distance 62km Ascent 1200m route St Jean de Sixt
Includes: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch
Non cycling guests: Share all the Tour day in the Grand Alps!
Today we show you the contrast of this ‘Cycling Paradise’ as we explore some of the amazing roads to the North and share some of our favorite cycling roads with you on this Grand Alps loop, a popular challenge with the local cyclists, and maybe it could be your favorite also?
Before we join the Tour de France stage action later in the week, enjoy this relaxed approach to the French Alps with one of the best rides of your life!
Firstly heading in the direction of Geneva, we climb along the ledge of the wall known as the Tete du Parmelan. This is the unknown Alps and during the Second World War became a strong hold of the French Resistance movement, you can understand why as we explore these hidden roads.
Our official climb of the day takes us up to 932m, where we are rewarded with a panoramic view of Lake Geneva and Switzerland in the distance. Descending into the next valley it’s not long before we enter the Gorge des Eveaux and disappear into the Alps, don’t worry this marvelous but challenging loop ends with an easy ride back home to Annecy.
Flexibility with our premium small group allows for the very best bike ride options with local knowledge being everything; why not test your legs with one of the classic cycling cols…or save a little energy for a well-deserved Alpine recovery lunch just perfect!
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.
Thursday 6th July - Albertville Beaufort Valley
*Ride option: Distance 110km Ascent 1300m route Col de la Forclaz Queige (870m)
Distance 90km Ascent 650m route Col de Tamie (907m)
Distance 55km Ascent 650m route Albertville
Includes: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch
Non cycling guests: Share all the Tour day in the Beaufort Valley and visit Albertville!
Today’s ride may feel like we are heading slightly downhill all the way before continuing along the flat valley floor to the winter Olympic town of Albertville. Heading south we take in monuments of the mountains on each side, some with famous names that you may have seen on TV in previous years Tour de France battles, and others just as awesome in their own unique way.
Time passes so quickly in this cycling paradise and before you know it we arrive in Albertville and the best Macaroons in France! Sometimes it’s difficult to decide what brings the most pleasure the joy of pedaling or the pleasures of a break at our French Chocolatier!
If you really want to earn that second patisserie, why not add in a great TDF climb on route or just our small challenge of the day the Col de Tamie (10km @ Average 3.9%, 907m Altitude), not considered particularly high from an Alpine perspective although the breathtaking views from the top in the direction of the Col de la Madeleine make every pedal stroke worthwhile!
Hidden gem lunch spots are one of the very special reputations of a Practice Bicycle experience today is no different, relax, enjoy this stunning French Alps setting, we then have a leisurely return to Annecy your wonderful home for the week.
Friday 7th July - View Tour de France Stage 7 Troyes / Nuits-Saint-Georges (Stage Finish)
*Ride option: Distance 60km Ascent 250m route Beaune
Distance 0km route Repos (REST DAY)
Includes: Breakfast, TDF Restaurant Lunch, Burgundy Wine Tasting
Non cycling guests: Share all the spectacular Tour day with a visit to Burgundy
Here it is what we’ve all been waiting for the Tour de France 2017 and what a fantastic opportunity with a visit to Nuits-Saint-Georges and the heart of Burgundy, world famous wine region. With your first taste of this year’s Tour de France at the amazing stage finish with the fastest sprinters in the world expected to hunt for glory on this special day amongst some of the best vineyards in the whole of France.
We will have an early start today as we transfer to the race route for our own ride on the flat roads of France the perfect day before we feel like a real Tour rider tomorrow and the climbing stages to follow. For all lovers of fine wine this could be a great day in more ways than one! With an opportunity to sample the Vin de Bourgogne the world famous ‘Burgundies’ whilst relaxing with tastes and flavours of this very special region over your Tour de France Restaurant Lunch.
What a perfect way to spend the day who would have thought a Bike Tour to the Tour de France could be this entertaining including a visit to Burgundy!
Saturday 8th July - View Tour de France Stage 8 Dole / Station des Rousses (Jura Mountains)
*Ride option: Distance 126km Ascent 2200m route Station des Rousses
Distance 99km Ascent 1800m route Haute Jura
Distance 57km Ascent 1600m route Chatillon en Michaille
Includes: Breakfast, TDF Lunch
Non cycling guests: Share all the Tour day & spectacular TDF action in the Jura!
Today the Yellow Jersey battle begins as the race hits the Haute Jura Mountains and the Franco Suisse border with your own live action from the roadside! With 3 great ride options available all magnificent in their own right, so pick how much time you want to spend in the saddle to catch up with Le Tour today!
Our superb rides head north from Annecy and follow the Rhone River, passing villages and rural France, gorges and beauty all the way. These pre-alps roads are perfect for all cycling abilities and before long we will find ourselves on the roads of the Jura department. The Jura Mountains are between the Rhine and Rhone rivers, north of our famous Alps and also separating France from Switzerland, this region only adds to the stunning beauty and diversity of this area of France.
With the value in the detail your local support team will have the ideal spot ready for you; the atmosphere will be building as we approach the greatest sporting show on earth. It’s now time to relax over a classic French lunch and kick back from the roadside and lose yourself at the Tour de France with PRACTICEBICYCLE.
Sunday 9th July - View Tour de France Stage 9 Nantua / Chambéry (Alps)
*Ride option: Distance 120km Ascent 2300m route Mont du Chat (1504m)
Distance 87km Ascent 1100m route la Chambotte (695m)
Distance 75km Ascent 700m route Cote de Jongieux (414m)
Includes: Breakfast, Tour de France Celebration Restaurant Lunch
Non cycling guests: Share all the TDF action and Lac Bourget
Today is our last ride opportunity together during your Tour de France week and possibly it’s the best! After yesterday’s action in the Jura Mountains, we have a superb selection of classic pre-alps rides available for you! These roads may not be considered the Grand Alps but don’t be fooled this could be a critical stage in this year’s Tour de France … with the climb of Mont Chat, arguably one of the toughest climbs in France and not for the faint hearted! …it has to be experienced to be believed!
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 and ‘unique live viewing spot’ for a fabulous day at the Tour de France 2017. Our first destination will be our neighbouring lake of Lac du Bourget, panoramic views all the way and ideal for a café stop. Following along the shores towards a wonderful gem of a wine region with hidden cycling roads, just perfect!
We have chosen a favourite and very special French Michelin star restaurant for todays Tour de France celebrations with an equally spectacular view.
We are at the ideal ‘Unique live viewing spot’ to end a great week of world class rides together, it’s time to relax and enjoy the rest of this special day and one last memorable moment to absorb the professional peloton during this year’s Tour de France!
Monday 10th July – Departure Day from Annecy
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Unfortunately today is your departure day, PRACTICEBICYCLE are available to assist you with packing your bike ready for your onward journey from Annecy. Your team will say good bye this morning and transfer you to Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) for your midday departure.

PRACTICEBICYCLE wish you a “Bon Voyage”, safe cycling until we Practicebicycle together again.

Practice Bicycle choose hand picked, quality, air-conditioned 3* Hotel Splendid accommodation located in the heart of undoubtedly the most beautiful town in France, Annecy. The ideal location to make your Tour de France a trip of a life time!

Annecy is one of the best places in the world to relax and explore – also off the bike! The ‘Pearl in the box’ town often referred to as the Venice of the Alps is the absolute perfect base for your Tour de France bike tour and ideal for relaxing and sharing with non-cycling partners.

You may choose to wander the enchanting streets, do some shopping or just sit by the lake and admire the spectacular views and watch French life pass you by. The team can assist you in choosing from the many superb restaurants, bars and salon du teas in the home of Practice Bicycle, Annecy. Spend your evening enjoying a lovely meal just like a local, ready for your next day full of new sights, adventures and opportunities in the French Alps. Bon soiree!

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bike, as long as you are excited by the best cycle racing in the world, this trip is for you!

Each cycling route during your Tour de France Bike Tour will be tailored specifically to your bike riding ability and experience, including the opportunity of riding on 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 and coaching, so if it’s a challenge you are looking for, we can definitely find just the right rides for you.  After all, the area around Annecy is home to over 20 classic Tour de France cols!
If you are looking for a challenge to improve your cycling and professional coaching advice during your vacation, then consider our winter and summer training camps.

Absolutely! Look for our ‘Rides Only’ package to get on this tour without using our accommodation.
Each day you will join the Practice Bicycle Team at a convenient central meeting point in the town of Annecy. Fully escorted and supported to the best viewing locations to catch the Tour de France stage race action live with restaurant lunches, including your own opportunities to ride some of the most mythical cycling routes around Lake Annecy and the French Alps

We tailor the daily rides to the riders and weather conditions, including actual Tour de France race routes on the itinerary.  In addition Practice Bicycle has developed 100+ routes in Annecy for riders of all levels with over 20 years cycling in the Rhone-Alps of France. To get an idea of what sort of rides you will be doing, have a look at a sample of our rides in Annecy.

As a 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.

Our specialty bike race tour weeks include viewing the Tour de France bike race on 3 stages. We believe that this is the perfect ratio of maximising your enjoyment of viewing the race action live, contrasting with your own variety of personally tailored rides and the opportunity of enough time to relax and experience your idyllic French Alps location for the week.

Your Tour de France 2017 bike tour package includes:

  • 6 nights of 3*Hotel Accommodation lakeside in the heart of historic Annecy
  • 6 continental buffet breakfasts each morning french style
  • 5 superb, tailored guided rides with the highest level of safety including TDF race routes
  • Daily ride options, ‘the big’ – ‘the ideal’ – ‘the relaxed’
  • 3 “unique live viewing spots” of Tour de France stages that only a local would know!!!
  • Welcome aperitif & dinner in one of Annecy’s finest gastronomique restaurants
  • 5 restaurant ‘Menu d’jour’ unique French lunch experiences including the stages of the Tour de France
  • Support vehicle & ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance
  • Sports drinks & nutritional bars available for all bike rides
  • A Practice Bicycle Premium Tour Exclusive Gift Pack & Cycling Jersey
  • The ultimate support of the professional team living in Annecy the French Alps
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off at Geneva International Airport, Switzerland and short transfer to Annecy, France (10am tour arrival & departure days)

Tour de France 2017 Bike Tour Highlights:

  • Magnificent Lake Annecy the most enchanting town in France, this ‘baby Paris’ location the ‘Venice of the Alps’
  • Experience for yourself the thrill of riding iconic Tour de France roads, Jura Mountains, French Alps & Rhone Valley.
  • Visit the towns of; Nuits-Saint-Georges, taste Vin de Bourgogne world famous Burgundy wine & Albertville winter olympic town in the Beaufort Valley and savour the best macaroons in the world.
  • Spectacular Tour de France restaurant lunch on the terraces of Cote de Jongieux with the very best flavours of France.
  • Take the Challenge; Col de la Colombiere, Col de la Forclaz Queige, Col de Tamie, Station des Rousses, Mont du Chat & Saint Germain la Chambotte, if you have the legs!
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun