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Cure Parkinson’s Raid Alpine 2021

Alps

  • 6 day cycling challenge from Lake Geneva to Nice
  • 770km route from north to south encompassing 18,000m of ascent
  • Infamous climbs: the Col de l’Iseran and Cime de la Bonette
  • Official route including registration, certificate & medal for successful finishers
  • Comfortable 2 and 3* hotels with local cuisine geared to cyclists
  • All evening meals, water & wine included
  • 2 customised support vans with attentive, proactive and fun guides
  • Experienced and passionate service from Marmot Tours to enable you to achieve your goals
  • Climb for a cure; raise crucial funds for ground-breaking research led by Cure Parkinson’s

Days on the bike

6 days

This was my fourth Raid (Pyrenees, Alps S-N, Corsica and now Alps N-S) and yet again Marmot have provided an outstanding service. The whole trip was run very professionally with attention to detail and individual needs and yet at all times with good humour.

J Clapp

Introduction

Cure Parkinson’s Raid Alpine 2021

The Raid Alpine is a historic road cycling journey from Lake Geneva to Nice on the Cote d’Azur. After the cancellation of the 2020 Raid Alpine for Cure Parkinson’s, the 2021 Raid is even more eagerly awaited. It is a fitting challenge, as in just 6 days the team will take on 770km of the most feared Alpine roads, accumulating a gravity-defying 18,000m of ascent!

Cure Parkinson’s is no stranger to a challenge. Driven to cure, this agile charity funds cutting edge Parkinson’s research and unites the world’s leading experts under one cause. Cure Parkinson’s can only continue to have this impact with the support from people like you. So far, the Cure Parkinson’s Raid Series has raised a phenomenal £320,000 and with your help, that total could climb to £500,000. Please join us in that ascent and rise the to the challenge.

En route, you pass over Tour de France classics like the Col de l’Iseran, Cime de la Bonette and Col du Galibier. The scenery shifts dramatically from quintessential Alpine meadow views in the North to rocky gorges and the Mediterranean scrublands of the South. There is no doubt that the best way to explore this part of Europe is on a road bike.

For over 15 years now we have been supporting cyclists in achieving their goals. We are passionate about our product being the best it can be and we enable over 100 cyclists every year to achieve the official Raid Alpine route. We provide two highly customised support vans per group; our guides are attentive and energetic and we know that this is not just a cycling challenge – it is also a holiday, so we keep it fun. It is also about your goals and aspirations and we pride ourselves on our individual customer focus from your first enquiry to the last moment of your holiday.

To find out more about the history and format of a Raid, click here for our blog.

What’s included:

  • Transfers (with bike boxes) from Geneva Airport and back to Nice Airport (on the set transfer days)
  • 7 nights accommodation (mix of 2-star and 3-star hotels)
  • breakfasts
  • 3-course evening meals (with up to half a bottle of wine per person per night)
  • A celebratory meal on the last night
  • Snacks, fruit, cake, water etc. from the vans on cycling days
  • 2 fully customised vehicles for all your nutritional, mechanical, moral support and first aid needs
  • 2 experienced Marmot Tours guides
  • Colour route maps with directions and profiles of the climbs
  • GPS files
  • Raid Alpine registration with certificate & medal for successful finishers

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Drinks/coffees during the day (water top-ups available from vans)
  • Bike hire (if required)

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Departure Dates & Prices

Month
Departure
Amount
Single Room Supplement
Jul
31st Jul - 7th Aug
£1520.00
Single Room Sup. £315.00
Aug
1st Aug - 8th Aug
£1520.00
Single Room Sup. £315.00

We are pleased to offer some tempting discounts on the basic trip cost (not including extras such as single rooms or bike hire):

  • Book & pay your deposit more than 6 months in advance of the start of your holiday for our 5% Early Bookers discount
  • Be rewarded for your loyalty by receiving a 10% discount from your 3rd Marmot trip onwards
  • Get a group of 10+ people together for a 10% Group discount. Your group is expected to be around 20 riders, so you will be eligible for the 10% group discount. Please note that this will be added to your balance invoice as soon as the group reaches 10 riders.

Please note that there is a maximum 10% discount on any holiday.

Map

Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival Day

We offer transfers from Geneva Airport to Thonon Les Bains (1hr) throughout the day. Latest arrival time in Geneva is 17:00.

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) can be found in our Trip Notes.

Meet your guides, assemble bikes and have a welcome briefing and great dinner.

Day 1: Thonon Les Bains to La Clusaz (118km with 3200m ascent)

Enjoy a gentle warm up from the shores of Lake Geneva before the first climb (and stamp) of the trip: the diminutive Col des Moises (1118m). From here your route takes you through quiet pine forests and over the stunning foothills of the Alps. Along the way you’ll pass the stunning Col de Terramont (1080m), Jambaz (1027m) and Col de la Ramaz (1557m)and on to the classic Grand Colombiere (1613m) towards the end of the day (ok, not quite such a ‘foothill!’).

118km with 3200m ascent [Ride profile]

Detour (makes the day 138km with 3700m ascent)

Please note that, as last year, there are some major road works being undertaken on the descent from the Col de Ramaz to Taninges. It is likely that the road is still going to be closed in 2020. The only option is to detour via the beautiful Col de l’Encrenaz and Les Gets. This adds 20km and 500m of ascent to the day.

 

Day 2: La Clusaz to Bourg-St-Maurice (99km with 2900m ascent)

A beautiful ride today through some of the most well known areas of the Alps. Tick off the final few km of the Col des Aravis (1487m) before crossing into the Savoie region and taking on the Col de Saisies (1633m) with its fabulous descent to the ‘cheese mecca’ of Beaufort. The climbs come in thick and fast today; next up is the testing Col du Pré (1740m), a quick dash across the dam (pictured), followed by the comparatively gentle Cormet de Roselend (1968m). You are rewarded with fantastic views all afternoon and an epic 26km descent to your hotel in a peaceful setting on the outskirts of the thriving Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

99km with 2900m ascent [Ride Profile]

 

Day 3: Bourg-St-Maurice to Valloire (139km with 3200m ascent)

Up is the word for it! The mighty Col de l’Iseran (2770m) stands between you and your hotel tonight – a whopping 47km climb that definitely sees you earn your carnet stamp at the top!  Enjoy a great descent to Lanslebourg before climbing up onto the balcony road over the Côte d’Aussois (1519m).  Your next down section takes you all the way to the foot of the Col du Télégraphe (1566m), one of the most well known climbs in the Alps. With that ticked off, you head to the pretty mountain resort of Valloire for the night.

139km with 3200m ascent [Ride profile]

 

Day 4: Valloire to Vars (120km with 3200m ascent)

Another day of Alpine Classics today, starting with the infamous Col du Galibier (2642) with its ‘sting in the tail’ (10% av. gradient for the last km).  Enjoy a fast run from the top down into Briançon to start the 2nd ‘big boy’ of the day: the Col d’Izoard (2361m) with its monuments to Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet. It is an epic 19km climb, so you get a good run downhill afterwards before taking on the majority of the Col de Vars (2109m) with its great views of classic Alpine meadows. You pause in the ski resort of Vars les Claux tonight (1823m).

120km with 3200m ascent [Ride profile]

 

Day 5: Vars to Valberg (133km with 3400m ascent)

You warm up your legs this morning by ticking off the last few km of the Col de Vars (2105m) and after a great 20km descent and a brief dash along the valley, you arrive at Jausiers, quietly at the base of today’s main event – the highest road going over a col in Europe, the famous Cime de la Bonette (2802m). It is a long climb at 23km but is fairly steady and you earn an incredible 53km descent from the top, down to St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée. Just one more cliff-hugging climb to go: the Col de la Couillole (1678m) before you reach the iconic ski town of Valberg for a well-earned rest.

133km with 3400m ascent [Ride profile]

Day 6: Valberg to Nice (160km with 2000m ascent)

Start with a stunning descent through the Gorges du Cian today before climbing the Col de Saint-Raphaël (876m) and undulating across some fabulous countryside – drier and distinctly Mediterranean! The last main col of the Raid is the Col de Bleine (1439m) followed by a 27km descent to St-Vallier-de-Thiey. One more pimple to cross, the Col du Pilon (786m) before you head into suburban Côte d’Azur. Head to the coast and along to the final night’s hotel to meet up with your guides for your celebratory glass of bubbles!

160km with 2000m ascent [Ride profile]

 

Day 7: Travel Back

Transfers to the airport are included and take 10min. We use the hotel’s airport shuttle service which runs from 6am.

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights) can be found in our Trip Notes.