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Twin Peak Fall Giro - with Jan Ullrich

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Exclusive bike tour with Jan Ullrich - Twin Peak Fall Giro Sep 13-17, 2017

A tour with a stage: The highest peaks of the Alps flank this 3-day bike tour from Courmayeur, Italy, just below the mighty Mont Blanc, to Martigny in Switzerland. 1997 Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich joins this exclusive tour for only 12 riders with stops in La Thuile, Morgex, Aosta and Cervinia, on the back side of the World's most iconic mountain, the Matterhorn.

Our tour sets itself apart from others by adding great 4* hotel accommodation, perfect organization and -of course- the 'always there, never see' presence of a support vehicle, exclusively for our riders. Not more than 6 riders share one of two guides and Jan, who will be changing between groups in the morning and the afternoon, making it a truly vivid one-on-one experience meeting one of your biggest idols.

If 19,200 ft. in vertical gain in 175 miles sound a little too challenging for you: Our support vehicle eases every ascent. Get picked up and dropped off any time, any where. You decide how much of that hill you really want to ride! We also offer alternate routes every day which are less challenging.

If your partner is not a bike enhusiast, but would still like to come along, we are happy to organize a culinary and cultural side program. Just let us know!

Facts

Travel Date:

September 13-17, 2017 (5 days, 3 biking days)

Arrival Airport/Town:

Courmayeur, Italy - closest airports Milano Malpensa (MXP), Torino(TRN) or Geneva (GVA)

Departure Airport/Town:

Courmayeur, Italy - closest airports Milano Malpensa (MXP), Torino(TRN) or Geneva (GVA)

Total mileage:

172 miles/276 km (3 days) 127 miles/204 km (3 days- variant)

Included:

  • Hotels as stated in itinerary, including all meals during the tour from/to Courmayeur
  • Bike Guides and support vehicle
  • Drinks/energy drinks /energy bars during the tour
  • Emergency Mechanic Service
  • Exclusively accompanied by Jan Ullrich (at a maximum group size of just 12 riders)
  • Private city tour through ancient Aosta by a licensed tour guide
  • Welcome receiption on the day of arrival

Optional:

  • exclusive awaywiththechamps-package (for details see equipment)
  • shuttle service to and from the closest airport (on request)
  • side program for partners not joing us on the bike tour (on request)

Tour price without flights:

1.980€ (for 2 people sharing)

Services not included:

  • Airfaire
  • additional night(s)
  • Meals unless explicitly mentioned above
  • All alcoholic beverages
  • Massages
  • single supplement of 269 € (4 nights)

Requirements:

You should be a well-trained cyclist in order to enjoy this tour.

But remember: You can always make use of the “bump” whenever you feel you don´t want to push yourself further to the limit. Our support vehicle will pick you up and drop you wherever you choose.

EQUIPMENT

 

The perfect look for an extraordinary journey ... in cooperation with our exclusive partners we can offer you an high-end package. The package is included.

Please note: The products may differ slightly from those pictured.

Your package:

  • Jersey & Bib-Shorts from RAPHA
  • 2 x bottles from CAMELBAK
  • exclusive Jan Ullrich Retro Cap
  • your personalized nameplate

Day 0

Individual travel arrangements to Courmayeur.

Check-in at your home for the next 2 days, the wonderful Gran Baita (4*) in Courmayeur.

After freshening up, join us and Jan for a welcome drink at the cozy bar of the Gran Baita (included).

We will have the latest weather report, route details and information on possible start and exit opportunities ready for you. Should you have ordered tour merchandise, Jan will hold that and can have it signed for you.

Mutual dinner at te hotel (included).

Day 1

Today's first stage starts with a relaxed 5 km downhill to Pre Saint Didier. A 23km-long ascent up to the Petite Colle St. Bernard, right on the French border marks the first challenge of your tour.

Light lunch at a simple restaurant at the mountain pass.

Isotonic drinks, gels and energy bars are available althrough the tour at designated stations.

After lunch, return to La Thuile on the same road. For the ones, who had enough for the day, continue back to Pre Saint Didier and then to Morgex (all downill). For those of you,who haven't had their fill yet, there is another ascent to Colle San Carlo (6,000ft) waiting for you. Fro there follow a great road down to Morgex, where you will meet with the rest of the group. From there, we will shuttle you back to the hotel.

Please keep in mind: The support van usually always stays well behind the last group. Should you decide not to finish an ascent, simply get off your bike and wait, take advantage of the support vehile and do the 'bump'!

After the return to the Gran Baita, use the great Spa facilities or relax by the pool.

Option (not included): If you feel up for it, upgrade your active alpine experience by boarding our helicopter for a 20-minute panoramic flight to the peak of the Mont Blanc. This is as close as you can get to the peak - if -of course - you're not climbing it! An amazing experience! Cost: 160€ per peron in a group of 4.

Mutual dinner at the hotel (included)

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Distance: 36 miles / 57 kilometers Profile: +5,600 feet / + 1855 meters

Alternate Distance: 25 miles / 40 kilometers Profile: +4,000 feet / + 1340 meters

 

Day 2

Time to wrap it up in Courmayeur. Please pack up before we start today's second stage. You can leave your cars at the Gran Baita as we will shuttle you back after the end of the tour.

The stage starts with an easy descent into the lower Aosta valley. 60km of easy up and down, before you get to Chattilon, from where you start the big ascent of the day to Cervinia, on the back side of the iconic Matterhorn. Refill your supplies as a challenging 1500 vertical meter ascend is awaiting you (a Giro d'Italia classic last climb, ending in Cervinia). While climbing, we will have at least one station waiting for you, where you can re-fill your supplies.

Lunch at a restaurant in Cervinia (included).

After lunch enjoy a roaring 30 km downhill back into the valley  and then continue to Aosta, where we have booked a room at the modern Duca s'Aosta (4*).

Dinner at the hotels fabulous Bistrot.

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Distance: 89 miles/143 km Profile: 7,900 ft./2.626 Meter

Alternate ditance: 64 miles/103km Profile: 7,200 ft./2.420 Meter

Day 3

The last and final stage is taking you from the heart of Aosta to the famous Gran San Bernardo pass, a 'Tour-de Suisse' classic!

Lunch at the historic restaurant 'Hospiz' (included).

As a last treat, finish your tour with a fantastic 40km downhill across the Swiss border into Martigny. From there we will shuttle you back to Aosta, where you should not arrive later then 5pm.

Time to relax, before our licensed tour guide Elisabetta, offers you a short, but comprehensive tour of ancient Roman ruins in the heart of Aosta at around sunset.

To conclude these days, we invite you to a local dinner experience at one o our favourite restaurants in Aosta city, that focuses on local ingredients, wines and even beers. Be surprised! (included)

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Distance: 48 miles/76 kilometers Profile: +6,200 feet / + 2.064 meters

Alternate Distance: 38 miles/61 kilometers Profile: 4,050 feet / + 1.350 meters

   

Day 4

After breakfast, we will shuttle you back to Courmayeur, where you pick up your cars.

You should be able to be back on the road to your home destination by 10:00am.

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