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Alps 1000  Miles

Chateau de Pitray
Chateau de Pitray

The Alps 1000
Trip cost:  $4500 Dollars.
Dates: June 19 to July 4.

Ride Across the French Alps !

1000 miles, 100'000 ft climbing, 12 days riding + 2 rest days.

June 19 to July 4 - 2019.  Contact me about signing up

Alps Tour 2019 - Trip dates June 19 to July 4. Cost is $4500, and just like the Pyrenees that covers all hotels and meals and sag support; except your lunch and dinner on the two rest days.

Below is the layout for the combination of routes in the Alps. The Alps are different than the Pyrenees in a couple of significant ways. First the mountain passes are at a higher elevation, sometimes 7000 to 9000 ft - vs the Pyrenees passes topping out at 6800 ft (Tourmalet and Tentes). Therefore this can bring into play the "into thin air" hurt, a physiological response that varies from person to person. Second, many of the roads that run through the valleys are bigger highways with more car traffic, and these roads are to be avoided at a maximum in my opinion. So the options to get from "point A to point B" are restricted. Furthermore, many of the climbs are "dead ends," and that too reduces the options to get from "point A to point B." The net effect is that options for stage routes of a "sweet spot" of say 70 miles are not always available. The route is organized like the Pyrenees with the same format, 12 stages with 2 rest days, each rest day after 4 consecutive riding days (4 rides, rest, 4 rides, rest, 4 rides ... end). This is obviously tough riding but that's what we want isn't it?

Total stats for the trip, without taking "short cuts" is approx 1000 miles and 114,000 ft. With short cuts the mileage is about 900 miles and 100,000 ft. Summary table below.

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Summary of stats for the Alps Tour 2017. Again these are approximations, not 100% accurate.
Day
Stage
Daily # of Mtn. passes
Mileage
Elevation gained
1.
Stage 1
3
74 mi.
9,547 ft.
2.
Stage 2
3
84 mi.
9,698 ft.
3.
Stage 3
2
77 mi.
8,350 ft.
4.
Stage 4
2
74 mi.
9,573 ft.
5.
1st Rest Day
6.
Stage 5
3
101 mi.
13,000 ft.
7.
Stage 6
3
96 mi.
9,137 ft.
8.
Stage 7
1 and small climbs
92 mi.
10,413 ft.
9.
Stage 8 ??
3
80 mi.
10,000 ft.
10.
2nd Rest Day
11.
Stage 9
2
66 mi.
9,449 ft.
12.
Stage 10
3
113 mi.
11,450 ft.
13.
Stage 11
Small climbs and canyon
84 mi.
9,278 ft.
14.
Stage 12
Small climbs
84 mi.
5,000 ft.
 
Totals:
986 mi.
114,000 ft.