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 2018 Tour de France on Lake Annecy with the ultimate quality bike tour from Practice Bicycle Tours.

The challenging 2018 Tour de France route will take on 3 classic alps stages on roads we’ve been exploring for 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!

2018 Tour de France bike tour

Crazy, Chaos, Thrilling, Amazing it has to be the Tour de France 2018 the greatest sporting event in the world!  The 105th edition may be the shortest at 3,300km, although possibly the most exciting.  With a choice of contrasting stages expect the best cycling of your life whilst in Annecy.  This will be the fifth TDF visit to Annecy, in the modern era we watched Contador blitz the T.T in 2009, in 2013 it was Quintana at the summit of Semmnoz.  Who will light up the Alps in 2018?
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, $2684 per person

Dates

17 – 23 July 2018

Duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

Group Size

4 to 8 people

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Single room – $755
Bike hire – $500
Non-cycling partner – $3510

Non-cycling partner?

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

Our Tour de France 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 2018 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 Lake Annecy the French Alps.

We have ridden with many cycling tour groups in many places around the world. You guys are the best! Your passion for cycling, meticulous planning and personalised service made possible with your focus on small groups and your intimate, up to date knowledge of the roads and the people and sights of the Haute-Savoie make all the difference. Another magnificent Tour de France experience once again!
Testimonial by C & J Hartigan – Australia
C & J Hartigan – Australia

Dates

2018
  • 17 July — 23 July Enquire

Itinerary

Below is the 2018 itinerary! Don’t miss out and enquire above.
Tuesday 17th July Arrival Day in Annecy - View Tour de France Stage 10 Annecy -> Le Grand-Bornand (Stage Start)
Greatest Sporting Event in the World on Lake Annecy
Includes: Airport Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner
Non cycling guests: Share the spectacular tour day in Lake Annecy
Welcome to ‘Cycling Paradise’ with Practice Bicycle Bike Tours and a full days entertainment at the Tour de France 2018 on Lake Annecy. With the breathtaking backdrop of the French Alps and the Lakeside gardens turned into a buzz of excitement with team buses, riders and support crews. Immerse yourself in the Le Tour, join the roadside party as the publicity caravan departs throwing its goodies in all directions. It won’t be long before the first teams arrive in preparation for their first day in the Alps and what an opener it is!
Enjoy exploring the ‘Village Depart’ and the 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 opportunity.
Complete the perfect opening day at your Tour de France in 2018 with a Welcome Aperitif together followed by Gastronomique Dinner at one of Annecy’s finest Restaurants to experience the best flavours of French cuisine!
Wednesday 18th July – View Tour de France Stage 11 Albertville -> La Rosière (Alps)
*Ride option: Distance 90km Ascent 1750m route Col du Pre (1748m/Cat 1)
Distance 63km Ascent 700m route Beaufort Valley Venthon
Distance 45km Ascent 100m route Albertville
Includes: Breakfast, TDF Restaurant Lunch
Non cycling guests: Share all the Tour day in the Beaufort Valley and the best Cheese in the world!
Here it is what we’ve all been waiting for the Tour de France 2018 peloton in action in the French Alps, including your own fantastic opportunity to ride on the race route in the Grand Alps!
Riding from your Hotel its unbelievable views all way as we head out of ‘Cycling Paradise’ with the turquoise waters of Lake Annecy the breathtaking backdrop this has to be the most idyllic way to start the best bike ride of your life!
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 pass by mountain monuments on each side, some with famous names that you may have seen on TV in previous Tour de France battles and others just as awesome in their own unique way. It’s not long before we are on the race route and enjoying our own challenge as we head to our ‘unique live viewing spot’ with live action from the roadside. With an endless choice of superb rides planned throughout the week, take on the Col du Pre (12.6km @ Average 7.7%, 1748m Altitude), alternatively save your climbing legs for tomorrows adventure in the High Alps!
Local knowledge is everything on your Practice Bicycle bike trip, relax over hearty restaurant lunch together (compliments of PRACTICEBICYCLE Bike Tours) explore French village life and get ready for the show to begin!
Thursday 19th July - View Tour de France Stage 12 Bourg-Saint-Maurice -> Alpe d'Huez (Alps)
*Ride Option: Distance 96km Ascent 1970m route Maurienne Valley
Distance 36km Ascent 1670m route Col de la Croix der Fer (2067m)
Distance 22km Ascent 1070m route Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves (1486m)
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, TDF Restaurant Lunch
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share all the Tour day & spectacular TDF Action in the High Alps!
Today the Yellow Jersey battle hot’s up with the professional peloton hitting the Alps for the third consecutive decisive stage. After yesterday’s introduction ride to the Alps, our second ride is a classic and what an opportunity awaits us as we head deep into the High Alps and on top of the world…it has to be experienced to be believed!
We will have an early start today as we transfer by vehicle to the race route and the most famous roads in cycling. This might be the day to rest the legs, leave the climbing to the Tour de France peloton and watch the suffering faces of the very best climbers in the world with a well-deserved rest day (repos). Take advantage of your team’s planning and all their local knowledge to give you the best of both worlds with your ‘unique live viewing spot’ on the slopes of the mountain and a superb day at the Tour de France in 2018.
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 de la Croix de Fer (29km @ Average 5.2% Altitude 2067m)! For the mountain goats who love to climb then the summit awaits you, before descending in time for an Alpine recovery lunch (compliments of PRACTICEBICYCLE Bike Tours) just perfect!
Once refreshed we are at the ideal spot with time to relax and enjoy the rest of this special day and one last memorable moment to absorb the professional peloton in the French Alps during this year’s Tour de France!
Friday 20th July – Home of Reblochon
*Ride option: Distance 95km Ascent 1440m route Col de la Croix-Fry (1477m) + Col du Marais (843m)
Distance 80km Ascent 1150m route Col de la Croix-Fry (1477m)
Distance 40km Ascent 300m route Thones
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch by the Lake
Non cycling guests: Share all the spectacular Tour day in the Grand Alps
With the Tour peloton speeding south towards the Pyrenees, we can slow down a gear and at a far slower speed experience for ourselves the first Alpine Col of the TDF 2018 the Col de la Croix-Fry (1477m). We are always spoilt for choice when it comes to picking and tailoring your great ride routes in and around the French Alps during your stay with us. Heading in every direction is the best way to show case ‘Cycling Paradise’ for you in one short week!
May be it’s one of PRACTICEBICYCLE’S local favourites into the Grand Alps that appeals, we have many Col’s of varying difficulties and durations accessible from Annecy and the clear blue waters of the edge of the Lake, the Aravis Mountain range is one of the most spectacular. Passing through the world renowned Reblochon cheese production area, before we start our long gradual climb deep into the high Alps amongst the shimmering peaks and the fresh mountain air, with breathtaking scenery every pedal stroke of the way.
It’s a challenging ride but the spectacular views and sense of achievement as you reach the summit of the Col de la Croix-Fry (11.3km @ Average 7% Altitude 1477m) make it well worthwhile. As with all our planned rides you have the option, to relax and enjoy the views from the comfort of the support vehicle if you wish.
Saturday 21st July – Massif des Bauges - TDF 2013 stage route
*Ride Option: Distance 110km Ascent 2125m route Cret de Chatillon (1699m)
Distance 90km Ascent 1325m route Col de Leschaux (900m)
Distance 65km Ascent 950m route Chatelard
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Lunch amongst nature!
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share all the Tour day in the Bauges National Park
With Annecy’s prestigious final stage hosting of the 2013 Tour de France still very much in our memory, it would be amiss of us not to include it in your bike tour options during this TDF week. It’s a great route and gives you a taste of what it must feel like to be a Tour de France rider with the opportunity to ride a section of a classic Alps Tour stage! What we might like to call our very own TDF stage on our local roads here in Annecy.
It’s one of our favorite areas and one that we could spend all week exploring together, popular in winter with the skiing fraternity, just as breathtakingly peaceful in summer by bike. We head south out of Annecy and into the Park Massif des Bauges Region, dotted with tiny villages and wonderful views just perfect! Of course we will take it a little slower than the speedy race peloton did, as we pass over these great roads and a local café will never be too far away! Our lunch stop on route is in one of these traditional villages a hidden gem restaurant and specialty of Practice Bicycle Bike Tours. Fully refreshed we finish this amazing ride descending back into Annecy with incredible views all the way.
These superb roads are here for you to experience as much or as little as you wish with your Professional Team in the French Alps.
Sunday 22nd July – Green Fields of France
*Ride Option: Distance 80km Ascent 1000m route Alby-sur-Cheran
Distance 60km Ascent 790m route Montagny
Distance 40km Ascent 450m route Vaulx
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Restaurant Terrace Lunch
NON CYCLING GUEST: Share the Tour day sights & sounds of true France
This is our last opportunity to share with you the many pleasures of riding in ‘Cycling Paradise’.
Our pick of the rides today is the tranquillity of the French country lanes as we explore to the west of Annecy amongst traditional tiny villages and away from the Grand Alps, a perfect ride route to celebrate our Tour de France 2018 together.
This ride show cases the rolling green fields of France with the Semnoz Mountain Forrest and the spectacular jagged silhouette of the French Alps for the backdrop. With so much fun passed under the wheels during your tour a leisurely lunch in a picture postcard setting is the perfect way to celebrate your trip. Why not a classic French midday lunch in the country! What could be better than this quaint village, a true favourite at Practice Bicycle, Feeling hungry? The legs must surely be hungry? Who would think a special little village in the Haute Savoie countryside could provide such wonderful cuisine…It’s just around the corner with PRACTICEBICYCLE Bike Tours!

What a perfect way to spend the day who would have thought a bike tour to the Tour de France could be this great with the best guided riding in the world stress free!

Monday 23rd July – Departure Day from Annecy
Includes: 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.

*As with all the PRACTICEBICYCLE 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.

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 2018 a trip of a life time!

Lake 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, 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.  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 weeks.

Absolutely! Book our ‘Rides Only’ package (18 – 22 July) 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 2 x Tour de France stages live plus 3 x of the best rides of your life on mythical cycling routes around Lake Annecy and the French Alps.  Including unique restaurant lunch experiences each day.

We offer a choice of daily tailored rides to meet the experience of our cycling guests, including actual Tour de France race routes, take a look at the itinerary above.  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 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.

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 2018 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 (8am tour arrival & 11-11:30 departure day)

Tour de France 2018 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 in the French Alps including the Beaufortain Valley, High Alps & Aravis Range.
  • Visit the towns of; Beaufort and Thones and taste world class French cheese in the capital of Alpine cheese production.
  • Very best flavours of France in hidden gem Restaurant lunch settings including Tour de France lunch in the majestic high Alps .
  • Take the Challenge; Col du Pre (1748m), Col de la Croix der Fer(2067m), Col du Marais (843m), Col de la Croix-Fry (1477m) & Cret de Chatillon (1699m), if you have the legs!
  • Memorable Tour de France live viewing at the stage start on the shores of Lake Annecy, deep in the Alps and finally on top of the world!
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun