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GCN Avoriaz 1 - 5 August 2019

GCN Avoriaz will take you on a French Alpine adventure to explore some of the epic roads and climbs frequented by arguably the most famous of all Grand Tours.

Offering 4 days of stunning riding with advice, support, camaraderie and inspiration from the GCN team and fellow fans, this is a cycling holiday that will live long in the memory.

Highlights will include
  • 4 days of riding culminating in the GCN KOM/QOM Challenge
  • Special events to develop your cycling skills and knowledge
  • Apartment style accommodation with standard and premium options
  • Unique entertainment from the GCN team each evening

Book your place today from £175 per person per night

Avoriaz Itinerary

On Friday and Saturday’s rides, GCN Avoriaz will feature two different ride options, allowing riders to get exactly what they want out of the holiday. As well as the group ride, which will have fast, medium and slower paced groups, we are introducing the Masterclass which will take on a shorter route with less elevation with a focus on developing skills, knowledge and confidence. The Masterclass is available to all levels and will be especially beneficial to less experienced riders or those that want to save their legs for another day!

Please note: This is a provisional itinerary and may be subject to change

Day 1 (Thursday 1st August)
Route: Orientation Ride

A short (optional) coaching session and orientation ride will take place in the afternoon. The session will provide some introductory coaching on topics such as how to ride in a group, riding etiquette, descending safely and give you a chance to meet others on the camp.

Evening: Welcome from the GCN team

Day 2 (Friday 2nd August)

Ride Options:

Col Du Corbier Route 71km (10km optional extra climb to finish)
Route: Col Du Corbier

This ride will take in some of the roads that will feature in the 2019 Dauphine including the Col du Corbier (5.5km at 7.3%). The route will be 71km with an option to do a longer route of 81km which will feature an extra climb to Avoriaz.

Masterclass Day - Col de la Joux Verte 28km
Route: Masterclass

This Masterclass will cover the main skills and techniques to help you tackle and master climbing and descending in the Alps. With coaching and feedback at the start and finish of the main climb and descent on the route you will get back to the finish a better rider.

Afternoon: Workshop

Evening: GCN Show Live

Day 3 (Saturday 3rd August)

Ride Options:

Col Du Joux Plane 80km (10km optional extra climb to finish)
Route: Col Du Joux Plane

Ride day 2 will be the epic ride route taking in the famous Col du Joux Plane (11.6km at 8.5%). The route will be 80km with option to do a longer route of 90km which will feature an extra climb to Avoriaz.

Masterclass - Col de l’Encrenaz 40km (10km optional extra climb to finish)
Route: Masterclass

Moving on from the technical skills from the Day 1 masterclass, day 2 is a 40km ride that will help you get to the top of climbs in the fastest and most efficient way you can. Focussing on your personal level of experience and ability, you will be shown how to tackle the climbs on YOUR terms.

Afternoon: Rest

Evening: Lloydy’s Pub Quiz

Hill Climb
Day 4 (Sunday 4th August)
GCN KOM/QOM Challenge - 4.4km at 6%

The GCN Avoriaz KOM/QOM Challenge will take on the Col du Joux Verte.

Riders will descend from Avoriaz and loop round to the base of the climb to race or ride for fun to the finish line in Avoriaz. For those taking part in the Alpine Masterclasses this is an opportunity to test yourself against your time at the start of the camp and see for yourself those coaching and riding tips in action.

KOM/QOM Challenge - More details coming soon

Afternoon: Workshop

Evening: Finish Party and Awards

Day 5 (Monday 5th August)

GCN entertainment and workshops will also be scheduled each afternoon and evening. Further details on this and ride details coming soon

Ride Experience

GCN Avoriaz will take you on an alpine adventure to explore some of the epic routes and climbs that have hosted some of the most exciting racing in cycling history. Avoriaz itself has hosted a stage finish of the Tour de France six times, most recently on stage 8 of the 2010 Tour won by Andy Schleck.

The resort of Avoriaz will be our base for the event and sits at an altitude of 1800m. It can be reached from Morzine with two routes up via the main Avoriaz climb (14km, average 6%) and the Col du Joux Verte (12.5km, average 6.5%) which will play host to the GCN KOM/QOM Challenge. But don’t worry, some of the routes will finish at the Prodains cable car in Morzine to transport you and your bike back to Avoriaz.

Riders will take in some inspiring scenery at a pace that suits them with a variety of groups available including: Pro, Faster, Medium, and Slower! Each ride group will be fully supported with guides and vehicles providing drinks, nutrition and mechanical support. Our GCN presenters will also be out on the road throughout the event, and will join the different groups each day with advice, inspiration and challenges!

On the first day we’ll also host an ‘orientation’ ride option where beginners will be provided with training covering areas such as ride etiquette, safety and top tips on how to ride in a group.

We are also introducing our new masterclasses which will be available on the two main ride days giving you the chance to get more in depth advice and coaching over a shorter route. The masterclasses will be designed to help you develop your skills as a cyclist and will enable guests to tailor your cycling experience to suit your abilities and objectives. The sessions will be led by a leading coach and GCN presenter - more details on the routes are provided below. Please note that these may be subject to change.

Col de Joux Plane Climb
Epic Climb: Col du Joux Plane

The 11.6km Col du Joux Plane has an average gradient of 8.5% and has been used 12 times in the Tour de France, classed as a Hors Catégorie Climb.

What's Included

The GCN Avoriaz package includes:

  • 4 nights apartment style accommodation (standard and premium options)
  • Half board catering (breakfast and dinner)
  • Airport transfers including bikes (at allocated transfer times)
  • Fully guided rides with support vehicles
  • Feed station on route for the two main ride days
  • Meet the GCN presenters and team
  • GCN KOM/QOM Challenge on final day
  • Access to GCN Workshops
  • Access to GCN entertainment
  • Finish party and awards

Items NOT included:

  • Flights
  • Private airport transfers
  • Lunch
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike hire
  • Alcoholic drinks

Travel Info

Flights are not included and guests must book their own flights to Geneva airport.

Complimentary airport transfers will be provided at the following times (transfer time approx 1 hour 30 minutes):

Thursday 1st August - Geneva Airport > Avoriaz

Transfers will depart from Geneva airport at:

  • Transfer 1: 12:00 midday
  • Transfer 2: 17:00 (5pm)
Monday 5th August - Avoriaz > Geneva

Airport transfers will leave Avoriaz at:

  • Transfer 1: 07.00 for flights departing Geneva after 11.00 (11am)
  • Transfer 2: 11.00 for flights departing Geneva after 15.00 (3pm)

If you wish to book a private transfer at separate times please contact us for more information.

For enquiries on transfers please contact gcn@sportstoursinternational.co.uk or (+44) 161 703 8161

Package Options

GCN Avoriaz will be based in the resort of Avoriaz. All accomodation will be apartment style with the following options available:

Booking options
Type Pax Price per person
Standard single (Residence Saskia) 1 person (double bed) £850
Standard double (Residence Saskia) 2 people (double bed) £700
Standard twin (Residence Crozats) 2 people (2 single beds) £700
Premium single (Residence Amara) 1 person (single bed) £1,100
Premium double (Residence Amara) 2 people (double bed) £900
Premium twin (Residence Amara) 2 people (2 single beds) £900
Premium triple (Residence Amara) 3 people (3 single beds) £800

Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with kettle and coffee machine. Please note:

- Towels and bed linen are provided.

- Daily cleaning of the apartments is not included (Housekeeping comes at end of your stay

- A security deposit is required on check in.

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