The Raid Alpine is infamous. Spanning over 31 cols, 712kms, and over 17,000m of climbing, it certainly isn’t to be undertaken by those of a nervous disposition. Tackling such an epic route on your own, or even in a small group without any guidance, would be foolish, no matter how confident a cyclist you may feel. It could lead to a plethora of problems, including getting lost or, even worse, getting injured.
Luckily, there are people out there who know the Alps better than you know the back of your own hand. There are a huge number of cycling companies out there who specialise in creating cycling holidays that don’t take away any of the thrills that you’ll be expecting from your ride, but also eliminate the risks that come along with such a long journey.
One such company is the Alpine Chain Gang, which offers a number of different cycling holidays for those who are keen to progress with their sport. There’s the Marmotte Sportif Week for those building up to the Marmotte Sportif itself, the Tour de France holiday week, which includes two days of cycling the route of the Tour de France before the professionals do it for real, and of course, there’s the classic Raid Alpine.
The Alpine Chain Gang’s Raid Alpine cycling holiday consists of 6 days of cycling, with a day either side factored in for travelling (and recovery, of course!). Each day consists of around 110km of cycling per day, so it’s advised that you’re in pretty good physical condition before you decide to take on the challenge.
Your guide will ensure that you are fully supported throughout the trip, offering advice where needed, and guidance throughout. Remember, these guys really know their mountains, so you’ll be certain to find out a whole host of interesting snippets that you’d otherwise miss out on if you were to attempt to tackle this route on your own.
Starting in Geneva, and ending in Antibes, this journey is one that you’ll be talking about to friends and family for years to come. The sense of accomplishment you will feel having completed the Raid Alpine route will be second to none, and leaving the Alps will undoubtedly be a bittersweet experience. So if you’re looking to push yourself, enjoy some stunning scenery, and get the most you possibly can out of a cycling holiday, then consider the Alpine Chain Gang.A Cycling Holiday You’ll Never Forget