Ronde de Mont Blanc

Our Ronde de Mont Blanc trip is both a classic bike journey and the perfect trip for those who are new to Alpine road biking.  It’s also an ideal trip for the time pressured rider who’s looking for a challenging short biking break.


  • 412km / 257 miles of Alpine roads
  • A great introduction to Alpine road biking
  • 5 nights accommodation & all meals included
  • Qualified guide, baggage vehicle & mechanical support
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Designed to be the perfect pre Sportive sharpener
  • Tour de France history
  • Ride in 3 different countries
Number of Days: 6
2020 Land Only Price From: £1,295
Grade: Hot
Group Size: 6-14
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Tue 16 June – Sun 21 June 2020 

Private Group?  Dates above don’t suit? 
Other dates available by arrangement – contact us for details.

Trip Overview

Day 1 Arrival Day

Arrive at Geneva Airport, then transfer to Chamonix and our group hotel.  We’ll build up our bikes for the Alpine adventure ahead and head out for a quick leg loosening spin.  Due to differing arrival times the evening meal is likely to be the first time that we’ll all meet up as a group.

Overnight in Chamonix in a hotel.  Meal/s included: D

Day 2 Round, Round, Get Around

Today is a delightful day’s riding.  Setting off from Chamonix we ride through picturesque Argentiere and then tackle the first col of our trip, the Col des Montets (1,461m).  A downhill drop into Switzerland is next and this is quickly followed by the ascent of the Col de la Forclaz (1,526m).  Heading onto minor roads for the most part we bypass Martigny and then head through the Gorges du Durnand to Champex and lunch.

Next up we start the climb of the first half of the Col du Grand St-Bernard (2,469m).  However, we’ll split this long climb over two days and tonight we’ll stop in Bourg St Pierre, at 1,632m, for a well earned rest.

85km / 53 miles.  Overnight in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 3 A Three Country Day

Today is a really multicultural day – how often to you get to ride in three countries in one day …?

Starting in Switzerland we complete the climb of the Col du Grand St-Bernard (2,469m), crossing into Italy en-route, before the long descent down into the Aoste Valley and the historic town of Aosta itself.  Up the valley we ride before branching off onto quieter roads and the Col du St Carlo (1,936m).  Another descent follows but, in the Alps, what goes down must go back up again and next up we tackle the Col du Petit St-Bernard (2,188m).  Crossing into France it’s all downhill for the remainder of today’s ride and we stop tonight in a pretty village overlooking the Isere Valley.

130km / 81 miles.  Overnight in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 4 A Triple Header of Tour Cols

It’s a gentle downhill start today to get the legs warmed up and we’re soon in the bustling Alpine hub of Bourg St Maurice.  Leaving Bourg we’re now into classic Tour de France territory with a triple header of cols that have featured, between them, over 50 times in the Tour de France.

The climb up the next pass, the Cormet de Roseland (1,967m) is stunning and we ascend through forests and high pastures in stepped stages before finally topping out with fabulous views of the Mont Blanc massif.  A fabulous two stage descent sees us down in Beaufort after which we ascend the Col des Saises (1,650m) and a well earned lunch break.  The plumet to Flumet follows before the sinuous climb up and over the Col des Aravis (1,486m) and the historic traveller’s chapel at the top.  A downhill end to the day is always good and we have a brilliant blast down to the extremely pretty small town of La Clusaz and our hotel.

105km / 65 miles.  Overnight in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 5

Our Ronde de Mont Blanc now finishes in the beautiful lakeshore town of Annecy, after a final downhill blast.

Leaving La Clusaz we head onto minor roads and tackle one of the less well known climbs in the region the Col de la Croix Fry (1,467m). Next up it’s a long decent before we join the excellent tarmac old railway bike route with it’s superb views of the Lac d’Annecy.  The final climb of the trip is up to the summit of Semnoz (1,699m), the scene of a summit finish in the 2013 TdF. Finally, we descend back to the Lake, our hotel for the night and a celebration on completion of our trip.

100km / 62 miles.  Overnight in Annecy in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 6 Departure Day

Today, sadly, is departure day so it’s time to bag or box up the bikes and catch your transfer  back to Geneva Airport.

Depending on the time of your transfers and flights it might just be possible for you to get a short final spin in on the bike and enjoy an end of trip coffee at a cafe.

Meal/s included: B

What’s Included

  • 5 nights Hotel accommodation*.
  • All meals as detailed in the trip overview.
  • Meal Key: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner. Please note that all lunches are picnic style and are designed to suit cyclist’s appetites.
  • All baggage transfers in our baggage vehicle Day 2 to Day 5 inclusive.
  • The services of a Rather Be Cycling Trip Leader.
  • The services of a Rather Be Cycling baggage vehicle driver / assistant.
  • Access to commonly required tools, mechanical advice & assistance.

* All accommodation is allocated and priced on a twin occupancy basis.  Please contact us for Single Occupancy Rates.

What’s Not Included

  • International and / or Domestic Flight/s to and from the start and end points of the trip.
  • Airport transfers at the beginning and end of your trip.
  • Visa/s if necessary.
  • Travel Insurance – Compulsory.
  • All drinks e.g. bottled water, coffees, teas, alcohol, etc.
  • Entry fees e.g. to visitor attractions, etc.
  • Spare / replacement bicycle parts & accessories e.g. tyres, tubes, wheel/s, etc.
  • Other expenses e.g. souvenirs, additional food, laundry, etc.
  • Tips – at your discretion.

Bike Spec:

  • This is a road cycling holiday and a road, sportive or touring bike is ideal for this trip. We recommend 700x23c tyres and have found Michelin Pro 3 & 4 tyres to perform very well.  Compact or triple gearing giving a bottom gear of between 30″ and 40″ is suggested for this trip.  Alloy rims, or carbon rims with alloy braking surfaces, are preferable to full carbon rims for this trip.
  • Your bike should be fully serviced, and thoroughly tested, before your holiday.