2011 Tour de France + Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

July 19th to July 29th, 2011

Itinerary - What's Included - Options

We are happy to welcome triathlon legend Tim DeBoom as part of this trip. Ride some of the famous climbs of the Alps, see the Tour de France on the most important stages all the while riding with and getting invaluable insight and training tips from two-time Ironman World Champion, Tim DeBoom.

This trip will cover the important final stages of the 2011 Tour de France and offer an opportunity to view 4 stages of the Tour de France before the focus shifts to taking part in what is fast becoming one of the "Must do" triathlons.

Please read below for a daily itinerary.


As part of our relationship with the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon, we are offering FREE REGISTRATION to the Alpe d'Huez triathlon for people holding a national triathlon license


A 25% deposit per person is required to reserve a spot. If places are still available when we receive your application along with deposit, you will receive notification of your registration. If the trip is sold out, you will be given the option to be placed on a waiting list or choice of another trip. Waitlist order is on a first come first serve basis as well.



2011 TOUR DE FRANCE - TDF Alps + Alpe d'Huez Triathlon

Rate : $3995.00/person

10 nights, 11 days  -  July 19th to July 29th

Pick-up / Drop-off in Lyon airport

Some of the highlights of this trip include:
- riding of Galibier, Alpe d'huez, Izoard, Sestriere and more
- Viewing in the Col du Galibier
- Preferred viewing on Alpe d'Huez
- Final Time Trial
- Riding and training tips with Tim DeBoom
- Hotels in excellent locations

OPTIONS: Trip insurance /  Bike Rental


July 19th
Hotel Location : Col du Lautaret

We will be picking up at Lyon airport around 10:00am and will then make our way into the Alps.


We'll stop en-route to our hotel and will enjoy a ride up the col du Lautaret and down to our hotel to shake the rust off from traveling.


Once back at the hotel, there will be a bit of R&R and/or social time to see the stage finish in Gap on TV, before having dinner.


July 20th
Hotel Location: Col du Lautaret

The race is going into Italy today via the col de Montgenevre and Sestriere.


We will be viewing the race in the first climb; col de Montgenevre. Given our hotel location, those who wish can ride the hotel to Montgenevre and back! Want a more arduous ride? We will also plan a short (but steep) detour up the col d'Izoard.


Those not riding, will be driven on course to the climb.


We will witness all the pageantry of a mountain stage and see the publicity caravan go through before the pros.

Once back at our hotel, we'll have a bit of social time, (exchange swag?) and enjoy another great evening meal together



July 21st
Hotel Location: Col du Lautaret

With three HC climbs on the program, today's stage is sure to be one of the decisive ones.

Leaving Pinerolo the peloton will have about 35km to warm up before tackling the col d'Agnel, col d'Izoard and col du Galibier in succession.

For the first time ever, the stage will end atop the col du Galibier!

Our hotel is ideally located on the so there will be a few options on the day; a morning run with Tim DeBoom before viewing the race just outside the hotel, or taking your bike to go further up the climb. Given the perfect hotel location each and everyone will be able to plan their day as they wish.

This evening we will gather once again and go over plans for tomorrow's big day on Alpe d'Huez!


July 22nd
Hotel Location: Col du Lautaret

The final mountain stage in this year's Tour will be quite exciting.


The climb up to Alpe d'Huez is likely the world's most famous cycling climb. A win on Alpe d'Huez is every cyclist's dream. In addition this is the final mountain stage of the 2011 Tour de France and the col du Galibier will also be featured today for a second time.


Of course we'll be on the climb to Alpe d'Huez today and of course we will be riding the 21 switchbacks up the climb!


Once again, we will simply leave from our hotel, ride to the top of the col du Lautaret down to Bourg d'Oisans and up the climb to Alpe d'Huez. 


Who will be first to cross the finish line today? Can Cadel Evans or Levi Leipheimer create a surprise? Will it be a climbing specialist such as one of the Schleck brothers?


You will find out as you witness the stage from one of our private viewing locations which will be catered to and TV's will broadcast the event live while we watch from the side of the road.


See pictures of our private viewing location setup.


July 23rd
Hotel Location: Provence

We'll be heading out of the Alps tonight for a couple of evenings in more "flat-lands". Before doing so, we have a full day on tap!


We will drive out in the morning to get to Bourg d'Oisans. From there, a 75km ride will take us opposite a good portion of the bike course of the EDF Alpe d'Huez Triathlon as we head toward Grenoble and the final Time Trial of the 2011 Tour de France.


This will be the last opportunity for the contenders to the Yellow jersey to make their mark on the 2011 Tour and we will be in the heart of the action at the start/finish area.

You will get to see the better portion of the time trial including all the best rank riders throughout much of the afternoon.


We will then drive further South to get to the Northern Provence region where there will be opportunities for a few flat runs and some swims in lap-pool.

July 24th and 25th
Hotel location: Provence (24th / Alpe d'Huez (25th)

We'll now be focusing on pre race sharpening and tapering. 


We will focus on a short run this morning with some light drill and form work to add some snap back in the legs.  Later in the day we'll go for an easy 30mn spin.   

The 25th morning, we'll be doing a similar work-out on the bike, work on shifting through all of the gears both in and out of the saddle to ensure the technical side of the bike is still sound as we approach the event.

Computrainers will be on hand for those who wish to analyze their pedal stroke and to get a bike fit to maximize efficiency

We will then incorporate some short up tempo work in the pool to wake the arms up and fit will then be time to travel to Alpe d'Huez stopping en-route to see the swim location of the Triathlon along with T1.

Our accommodations in Alpe d'Huez are a combination hotel/apartments, so each unit will have private kitchen areas - very convenient to stock the foods and nutrition you want to have handy.



July 26th
Hotel Location: Alpe d'huez

We'll go over the run course today to get you situated and see where T2 is.

With so little time before the big event, today's schedule is very loose - allowing each and everyone to do what they know is right for themselves, with focus on nutrition, rest and hydration.

It will be necessary to register however and visiting the triathlon village is a good place to spend some leisurely time.


The kid's race takes place from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and we'd encourage all to come cheer on the "next generation".


Our staff will also be available as usual to assist with anything you may need to get ready for the big event.


July 27th
Hotel Location: Alpe d'huez

Today is the long course - good luck to all!


Swim = 2.2km in EDF lake (wetsuit allowed - recommended)

Bike = 115km

Run = 3 laps of 7.3km each = 21.9km

We'll be at km 68 with private needs bags. If you are traveling with your own support crew on this trip, our plan is to take them to T1 and then at 68km on the course before they go back to Alpe d'Huez.



July 28th
Hotel Location: Alpe d'Huez

Today is the Short course and while the total distance is less than 40km, these are most likely to be the toughest 40km you'll find on a short course.

The bike ride takes you up the switchbacks on the climb to Alpe d'Huez and the run is one lap (7.3km) at 2000m elevation.

The good news is that the organizers haven't found a way to make the swim go uphill!


Swim = 1.2km in EDF lake (wetsuit allowed - recommended)

Bike = 30km

Run = 1 lap of 7.3km


If you are not taking part in the race today, we'll have a short spin planned around the resort to flush some of the lactic acid build-up. Massages are available as well and should be booked early enough ahead of time.


July 29th
Hotel Location: N/A

No great plans for today. It is time to bid each other a fond farewell!

We will be transferring you back to Lyon airport in the morning.




- Presence of Tim DeBoom throughout the trip to discuss training, nutrition, experiences!

- Guides and support staff

- Transfer from Lyon airport (Lyon airport also has a train station)

- transportation during trip as needed

- Hotel rooms based on double occupancy (10 nights)

- All breakfasts at the hotels

- 6 dinners

- Lunch at our viewing location on July 22nd

- Air-conditioned, Touring bus with Restrooms

- Minibuse(s) with a/c for support and water/nutritional products

- Preferred viewing location for Stage on July 22nd (Alpe d'Huez)

- viewing of Tour de France stages through the Alps

- Swim, bike run training and tips leading up to the ADH Tri.

- preferred pricing at bike shop in Alpe d'Huez

- private meeting for group with ADH Triathlon race director

- Registrations and entry fee for participants with national triathlon license (unlicensed only pay the difference in cost: €100.00 for long course, €41.00 for short course)

- Daily information with maps, cue sheets, other Tour information

- Pre-departure information detailing the trip, hotels, contact information, what to bring, and other essential info.

- Memories to last a lifetime!



Rental Bikes. Full carbon Frame w/ Ultegra group with compact cranks (34x 25/27 low gear)
- Trip Insurance