We specialise in catered, self-guided cycling holidays for all ages and abilities where you can test your fitness and cycling prowess by day and relax in comfortable luxury by night! Your group will have sole occupancy of our 5 bedroom chalet and grounds for the length of your stay.
The Haute Tarentaise region of the French Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling (epitomised by the use of 4 our local climbs in the 2018 Tour de France) and our chalet is located right in the heart of it. Whether you are looking to test yourself up some of the Tour de France climbs, or have a gentle cycle through the valley, you can do it straight from the front door! The chalet is set in the valley just outside Bourg-St-Maurice which means that each ride starts and finishes on the flat – a real rarity in the Mountains!
Our package consists of:
- Board (with linen and towels)
- Breakfast (cooked and continental options)
- Post ride home made snacks
- 3-course evening meal with unlimited beer and wine
- Minibus taxi service to town on host’s day off (7 night stays only)
- Electronic cycle route planners and information
- Emergency pick-up service
- Airport transfers (additional cost – T&Cs apply)
Our aim is to make your cycling holiday as pain free (apart from when you are on your bike) as possible. To this end, our hosts, being keen road cyclists themselves, have planned routes and daily itineraries so you can grab one and go! The routes are all electronic and can be emailed prior to arrival to make life as simple as possible.
The Big Ones
If it’s the high mountain passes that you are interested in then you have come to right place. A short, flat ride from the chalet, takes you to the base of enough climbs to keep any standard of cyclist busy for a week (or three). Some of the highlights are below:
Col de l’Iseran – the highest paved col in the Alps at 2764m has been used in the Tour de France 7 times, the last being in 2007. From the chalet, the col is a gruelling 40km, 30 of these climbing at an average of 6%. The ride takes you through the famous ski resort of Val d’Isere until you reach the snow-capped peaks around the Col. For those brave enough, the beautiful village of Bonneval-sur-Arc is 14km down the otherside (a great spot for a late lunch) although beware, the return averages at 8% incline!
Col du Petit St Bernard – the return trip to Italy and back! The first 20km of this climb is being used on stage 11 of the 2018 Tour de France and was last used in 2009. It is 28km long at an average of 4% crossing the border into Italy at the top. We love to then cycle down into the Italian ski resort of La Thuile for the obligatory pizza and Peroni and then cycle back. The climb from the other side is 13km at 6%.
Col de la Madeleine – probably the most famous of the climbs in the local area owing to the number of times it has been used in the Tour de France and it is being climbed again in 2018 on stage 12. It has been part of the ‘Queen’s stage’ on many occasions – used as the opening climb prior to either the Galabier or Croix de Fer and then Alp d’Huez. The Climb, 25km at an average grade of 6.2%, is very long and steep in places but has absolutely stunning scenery throughout!
Cormet de Roseland – Probably the most beautiful of the area’s climbs. This route has been used in the Tour 9 times, the last being 2009 but is being used again in 2018 on stage 11. The climb (20km @ 6%) weaves up from Bourg-St-Maurice with stunning views throughout. The Lac de Roseland sits just over the top of the climb where there are several restaurants that enjoy the stunning view of the lake! Further down the mountain is the beautiful town of Beaufort (home of the famous cheese). The hard-core cyclists will attempt the return trip in one ride!
You are of course, more than welcome to bring your own bike, but if this isn’t an option, there are a few hire shops local to the chalet which rent excellent, carbon-framed bikes at reasonable prices. If interested, please just let us know and we’ll put you in touch with them.
Bike storage and maintenance
The chalet has a large lockable storage area for bikes which is equipped with everything you could need during the week – track pumps, bike stands, cleaning equipment and basic tools. Our hosts are always on hand to help out if need be.
If you get into trouble on a ride, we will come to collect you and your bike, free of charge!
A day spent cycling the impressive mountains of the French Alps, is a day well spent. After a long and quite probably challenging day the idea of traipsing around a supermarket and coming back to cook dinner is one that would fill anyone with dread! Thankfully that isn’t something you have to face at Chalet Mathilde. Our catered options take all the stress and hassle out of your week – not to mention the washing up.
Everyday you’ll be provided with a full breakfast consisting of both continental and cooked options. When you return in the afternoon you’ll be greeted by a daily cake, biscuits, tea, coffee and of course beer to keep you going before dinner.
In the evening you will be presented with a three course meal with unlimited wine for you to enjoy. We are flexible around mealtimes and can cater for any allergies or intolerances that your party may have. If the weather’s great then you could even choose to have a BBQ with various meats and side dishes on the peaceful decking area outside. Either way you are sure to feel satisfied and refuelled after your hard day!
If you don’t want to cycle every day and/or have any non-cyclist members of your party, then you will never be short of options of other things to do. On rest days, our in house massage therapist is always on hand to sooth your aching muscles helping you repair for your next big ride.
If you are looking for something that doesn’t involve two wheels, visit our self-catered holidays page for all the information you could need.
If you have any queries relating to any of the above, take a look at our FAQs or contact us and we will happily advise you further.
Price for May – October inclusive
(discounts available for groups of 7 or more)
Price per person
A 25% deposit is required to secure a booking, the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
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