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Cyclosportive de la Madeleine 2023

In Brief

In cooperation with Villaparcs we offer a fantastic trip to the Cyclosportive de la Madeleine. An all-inclusive week with the most beautiful routes in one of the most beautiful parts of the French Alps; the Savoie! This trip is part of the CycloWorld Travel Series.

With this preparation trip you will explore the high cols in this beautiful area and of course the course of the cyclo. This way you will be fully prepared at the start. With our Living like a pro package you lack nothing.

Highlights:
- Stay in luxury apartments and chalets near the finish line
- Fully catered trip with accommodations on a half-board basis
- Follow car and support with bikewash and sports massage
- Possibility of participating in the Cyclosportive de la Madeleine
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02 August 2023 / 07 August 2023
Road bike
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€649,00 - €999,00

6 days
450 km
Incl. lodging

Additional options

Early check-in full board

Do you want to start your cycling vacation well rested? That's possible; make use of our early check-in and arrive a day earlier. This offer includes dinner, overnight stay and breakfast.

125,00

125,00

Late check-out full board

You can book an extra day with this trip. We will make sure that you can enjoy an extra day and that on the original departure day you can enjoy dinner in the evening and a delicious breakfast in the morning the day after.

125,00

125,00

Sports massage

Take care of your body during a Cycle Travel cycling vacation and take advantage of our professional masseurs.

59,95

59,95

Medical examination required

A medical examination is required for the trip! Make an appointment at Ancora Health. They have a Health studio in both Eindhoven and Amsterdam. For this trip a minimum of a sports medical report is required. Our advice is to go for at least "Basic Plus" but we always advise to go for an extensive sports medical examination (USMO). Ancora is affiliated with SMI Federation and SCAS certified. This means that you can get money back from most Dutch health insurers for the Ancora packages. An average reimbursement is easily € 150, -. On the site of Ancora you can calculate your own reimbursement.

Rental Bicycle Navigation Computer Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT V2

Rent your bike navigation inexpensively with us! The Wahoo Elemnt Bolt V2, the top product from Wahoo, is very user-friendly and simple to use. If you rent the bike navigation with a cycling vacation organised by or with Cycle Travel then we deliver the bike navigation installed including the GPX routes of this vacation pre-programmed.

25,00

25,00

Availability: In stock

4Gold starter pack bicycle tour

  • Experience box with 4Gold supplements
  • Discover our gastrointestinal friendly sports nutrition
  • Perfect to get acquainted with our products or to give as a gift.
  • Contents:
    • 4 Energy Bars
    • 4 Isotonic Gels
    • 6 Single Servings Carbo Electro
    • 2 Golden Bottle 600 ml

33,95

33,95

Details

In cooperation with Villaparcs we offer a fantastic trip to the Cyclosportive de la Madeleine. An all-inclusive week with the most beautiful routes in one of the most beautiful parts of the French Alps; the Savoie! This trip is part of the CycloWorld Travel Series.

With this preparation trip you will explore the high cols in this beautiful area and of course the course of the cyclo. This way you will be fully prepared at the start. With our Living like a pro package you lack nothing.

For the big day, the cyclosportive de la Madeleine on Sunday, August 6, there is a choice of 4 distances. So there are also shorter distances to ride. And there is nothing at all wrong with riding any of these distances. Everyone is welcome.

La Madeleine: a top day in a snake pit

Anyone who followed this year's Tour de France can recall the images of the enchanting Lacets de Montvernier. No fewer than 18 hairpin turns in just under 3 kilometers where both the road and the peloton snaked uphill like a snake. Not only the road to Montvernier winds up that way. In the Maurienne Valley, all the roads everywhere wind up the mountains left and right that way. Where the Marmotte actually leaves them all left and right, the cyclo La Madeleine picks up as many of those climbs as possible.

 

 

The extraordinary Les Lacets de Montvernier, photo by Cycle Travel

 

The cyclosportive de la Madeleine; Up and down

On Sunday, August 6, we set off from La Chambre (valley) with over 500 men and women at the start of the 135, 115 or 60 kilometer ride up and down the serpentine roads from the valley. From the start it is a few kilometers through the valley to the Col du Mollard, 18 kilometers at an average of 6% with 45 hairpins in the first 12 kilometers. A brilliant start to the day! A small descent follows to make the connection to the last part of the Col de Croix de Fer. The last part of this Anaconda of a climb is still 14 kilometers long at an average of 6.5%. The first 8 kilometers of it barely exceed 4%. From the village of Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves, however, the last 6 kilometers pull the average back up considerably by barely dropping below 8.5%. However, the views between the mountains these last kilometers are phenomenal. And -for those who still have an eye for it- the mineral-soaked rock face is also stunning. It turns shimmering green in the sunlight.

Beautiful surroundings

At the summit of the Croix de Fer we crossed over to the top of the Glandon to crash down in a long line. There won't be a peloton here for a long time so loners or just small groups made their way down as quickly as possible. Once at the bottom, the 135 and 115 distance split up. The longest distance goes up the Col de Chaussy via the Lacets de Montvernier. A total of 14 kilometers of winding uphill at an average of 7%. Known from the last Tour de France! Yes, it's climb you want to have done, but you're not going to see it as beautiful as the helicopter shots. By the way, for the shortest distance this is the first climb of the day, the middle distance just skips it. However, all distances eventually descend to La Chambre to conquer the namesake of the cyclo: the Madeleine.

The Madeleine, the beast

A formidable climb of just under 20 kilometers at 7.5% average. So in total, the 135 kilometers account for over 4700 altimeters (the 115 almost 3800 and the 60 almost 2700). That the altimeters don't just snake around, but also do their work that way is immediately clear in the first kilometers. Just as strangling snakes slowly but surely drain the energy from your body, so does the energy from the legs of many of the athletes. Swaying along the road, panting heavily, standing still next to the bike and even on foot, they go uphill. Only a few are really still moving fast. At the top awaits the redemptive finish and a magnificent view! You have done a great job!

Note! French cyclosportives have the legal requirement of a medical certificate or license. All information about this granfondo can be found at CycloWorld. It is possible to work directly with partner ANCORA Health schedule an appointment for medical certification.

Choice of 4 distances:

On Sunday, Aug. 6, over 500 men and women will leave at the start of the 135, 115 , 60 or 30-kilometer trek on the snake roads from the valley near La Chambre

Granfondo: course "La Croix de Fer" 135km / 4400hm

For those looking for a trail worthy of a beautiful mountain stage, with a real desire for a challenge, the trail "La Croix de Fer" is designed for you. This route tempts cyclists who are looking for mythical and exceptional mountain roads and want to surpass themselves by booking the ascent of 4 major passes.

The passes of Mollard, Croix de Fer, Chaussy via the lush Lacets de Montvernier and the ascent of the Madeleine via Montgellafrey are on the program!

 

Granfondo: course "La Madeleine" 120km / 3300hm

With 115 kilometers and 3750 altimeters, you will climb three beautiful mountain passes and cycle through high mountain landscapes. The majestic Aiguilles d'Arves accompany you as you climb the first pass and Mont-Blanc awaits you across the finish line.

For those looking for a beautiful mountain trail, with a real desire for a challenge, the trail "La Madeleine" awaits. This route appeals to cyclists who are looking for mythical and exceptional mountain roads, who want to surpass themselves, without mileage, but with a drop.

The passes of Mollard, Croix de Fer and Madeleine await you!

 

Fondo: course "Les Lacets de Montvernier" 60km / 2650hm

Look no further, this trail should please you. At 60 kilometers and 2650 altimeters, you'll be riding in the mountains with two magnificent passes, the Chaussy via the magnificent Lacets de Montvernier and the Col de la Madeleine via Montgellafrey. Moreover, getting to the finish line with Mont-Blanc in front of you is exceptional, isn't it?

This route is suitable for cyclists looking for mythical and exceptional mountain roads, who want to discover the peaks, without going beyond long miles. It is accessible with a cyclosportive or quieter formula for more fun.

The passes Chaussy and Madeleine await you for your personal challenge!

Fancy coming to discover our mountains?

Cyclorando: trail "Vallee du Bugeon" 46km / 1650hm

With 30 kilometers and 1650 meters of altitude difference, you will climb an exceptional pass in the heart of the Maurienne Valley. A climb that everyone will do at their own pace, on a traditional or electric bike? As a reward, the exceptional view of Mont-Blanc will amaze you.

It is an ideal course to discover the mountain, with a desire for a challenge. The course "Vallée du Bugeon" is designed for amateurs who are looking for the pleasure of the mountains by taking on a personal challenge.

Want to challenge yourself?

 

 

The preparation for the cyclosportive

In the days before the granfondo we make sure that you arrive at the start fully prepared. Of course we provide a course reconnaissance on the Col de la Madeleine. An important part of the preparation. And we have a super ride for you: a loop over the Col du Pré and Cormet de Roselend, one of the most beautiful cols in France. On top of the Col du Pré, you have a fabulous view of the Lac de Roselend. An absolute photo opportunity.

Where do you stay?

In the French Alps a super location to for cycling vacations in the mountains. In the center of Saint Francois de Longchamps lies the small-scale 4-star vacation park of Parc Madeleine. The luxury chalets and apartments are located near the Col de la Madeleine. During your cycling vacation in the French Alps, all facilities are at your disposal. Enjoy in the restaurant and be pampered after a bike ride. The park is about a 9-hour drive from Eindhoven.

Do you think the trip is too short?

Do you have more time? Then you're in the right place, because the big cols are there for the taking in this area. How about the legendary Col de la Madeleine? Or the Col de l'Iseran? With 2770 meters, the highest official col in Europe. Or La Plagne, where Michael Boogerd achieved his legendary victory in 2002. All easily accessible from Parc Madeleine.

With our Early check-in or Late check-out service you can book as many additional days as you like. And you don't have to worry about the routes, we deliver them as gpx files.

Program Wednesday, Aug. 2 through Monday, Aug. 7, 2023

 

The cycling program is subject to, among other things, weather conditions of course. We can adjust the program if necessary.

Day 1 - Wednesday, Aug. 2
Travel day and afternoon arrival with tour, introduction, briefing and coffee at the Villaparcs site in Vallandry.
19:30: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 2 - Thursday, Aug. 3
08:30 a.m.: Breakfast.
09:30am: Departure from the bottom of the parking garage entrance.
Route reconnaissance Col de la Madeleine.
19:30: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 4 - Friday, Aug. 4
08:30 a.m.: Breakfast.
09:30am: Departure from the bottom of the parking lot entrance.
Queen's ride: from the valley of the Col de la Madeleine north side we go via Albertville Col du Tra, Col du Pré, Cormet de Roselend.
19:30h: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 5 - Saturday, Aug. 5
08:30 a.m.: Breakfast.
09:00am: Day of your choice: bike cleaning, leg loosening or lazing around.
14:00: For enthusiasts, a time trial to Pralognan-la-Vanoise from Brides-les-Bains (book in advance).
19:30: Dinner followed by briefing.

Day 5 - Sunday, Aug. 6
06:00: Breakfast.
07:30h: Descend to the start Cyclosportive de la Madeleine by own transport, our team car or by bike
19:30h: Dinner with beautiful closing evening of this week.

Day 6 - Monday, Aug. 7
07:00 am to 09:00 am: Breakfast.
We say goodbye and start our return journey.

A support car will be present during both the preparation rides and the cyclosportive. We will bring spare equipment, provide sports drinks, water and nutrition along the way. At fixed locations during the bicycle tours we will make a stopover with care. A permanent tour guide will be present on these tours.

The sporting aspect is suitable for anyone with a good physical condition. We take into account the differences between us, this is also normal in the mountains. The most important thing is that we will all have a great week of cycling. The accommodation and facilities are top, the surroundings are great!

Our service during the cyclosportive

  • Own care station.
  • Opportunity to drop off a bag of gear or water bottles at the care station or to leave gear behind.
  • Repair service: if you have a breakdown we will come and help you (not possible on car-free parts of the route).
  • GPS tracking: we track our participants and know where everyone is.
  • Photo service: we take photos of our participants along the way.

What is included?

  • Live like a pro package powered by Cycle Travel.
  • Accommodation on a half-board basis in luxury chalets (lunch from the support vehicle on the routes).
  • Mechanical support during the vacations.
  • Follow car or tour guide during the tours.
  • Bikewash; every day the bikes are cleaned and checked.
  • Bicycle clothing laundry service; after cycling, hang your clothes in the matching laundry bag at the reception. We'll make sure your laundry gets back to your room quickly and nice and clean!
  • Free Sports Nutrition Package 4Gold.
  • Enclosed storage for bicycles.
  • Bicycle Workshop.
  • Parking garage for the car.
  • Towels.
  • Bedding.
  • Reservation fees.
  • Final Cleaning.

What is not included?

  • Transportation to accommodation.
  • Sports massage
  • Beverages (based on post-calculation)
  • Entry fee and registration for the Cyclosportive de la Madeleine on Aug. 6, 2023.
  • Tourist tax € 2,55 p.p.p.n. to be paid on the spot.
  • Travel and cancellation insurance.
  • Rental of road bike.
  • Medical examination; request through Ancora Health and may be reimbursed through your insurance.

Extra services can be booked

  • Sports massage from €59.95; schedule an extra well-deserved sports massage during the week. Recover better from your efforts.
  • Early check-in for €125 per day; start your preparation earlier and explore the cols in the area.
  • Late check-out for €125 per day; add a few days and enjoy the cols in the area in peace....
  • Bicycle navigationfor only € 25, - deliver a top product from Wahoo, the Elemnt Bolt V2. If you like this one you may take it over after the granfondo with a nice discount.

REGISTRATIONS PER GROUP / CHALET
Book your own private luxury chalet or apartment. All accommodations have private bathrooms, good (single) beds and spacious livings and kitchens.

This trip can go ahead with the minimum registration number of 8 people. The organizer reserves the right to cancel the "Live like a pro" package for this trip if the minimum number of registrations is not met. You will then receive an appropriate offer in due time.


How do I register?

  • Directly through the link from CycloWorld
  • Directly with Cycle Travel through this website

Payment options

  • Pay directly via iDEAL, Credit Card, Bankcontact or payment in instalments via Klarna
  • On invoice; if you choose this option please pay 20% in advance

General Terms and Conditions
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CYCLOWORLD TRAVEL SERIES

Enjoy the best organized granfondos we've made part of the CycloWorld Travel Series. Live like a pro during our events hosted by Cycle Travel.

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Explanation sports level

MTB:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Road bike:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Level 1: Starter-Beginner;
You are just starting out in this sport, have no experience nor background as an athlete

Level 2: Beginner-Medium;
You are just starting with this sport, however you already have experience with other sports so you start with a good basic condition. You cycle 1 or 2 times a week.

Level 3: Average;
You are a sporty person, don't shy away from a challenge, exercise at least 2 to 4 per week, you can also already make some altitude gains and ride at higher averages.

Level 4: Advanced;
You are a trained athlete, you are looking for a challenge in sports, you are active at least 3 to 5 times a week, altitude meters and a higher average are not a problem

Level 5: Advanced/Performance oriented;
You train towards goals, challenges and also leave something for it you do not mind, you are driven and several times longer sport per week are no exception, you are performance oriented

Level 6: Advanced Plus;
As a highly trained person, you want to really test yourself to your limits, you seek challenges and are also willing to live for them, exercising is a part of your daily life.

Explanation luxury level

Level 0-1.5: Tour without overnight stay.

Level 2-2.5: Cycle Travel provides an overnight stay in a 2-star accommodation.

Level 3-3.5: Tour with overnight stays in the better bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel, hostel accommodations. Overnight stays on a half-board basis are a 3.5 rating.

Level 4-4.5: Cycle Travel provides a 4-star accommodation or boutique bed & breakfast. Optional full board booking (upgrade to level 4,5 appreciation).

Level 5-5.5: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 4-star or 5-star accommodation or boutique hotel. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 5.5.

Level 6: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 5-star accommodation, boutique hotel or luxury pop-up location. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 6+ level if required.

Explanation guidance level

Our team of passionate guides is always there for you. For any type of trip, event or clinic, Cycle Travel will provide the right accompaniment. We have an excellent network of professionals.

With the ranking from 1 to 6, we indicate to what extent the guidance is provided on a trip. Interested in an upgrade? Please let us know! Then we will gladly look for a suitable solution.

Level 0-1: a self-guided tour without guidance. Cycle Travel provides the routes on GPX.

Level 2-2.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has a goody bag or contact person at the locations visited that you will receive as a traveler.

Level 3-3.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has accommodation on the basis of a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast. There is someone on site who is familiar with our clients and is personally available for you (level 3,5)

Level 4-4.5: a guided tour including routes on GPX and tour guide on the bike or in a follow car.Cycle Travel has accommodation based on a 4-star hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast. During a guided tour it is optionally possible to book a mechanic and masseur. (The valuation then amounts to 4.5)

Level 5-5.5: A fully catered vacation with a complete support team consisting of tour guide, mechanic and masseur. A follow car is provided including care on the road during the rides. Accommodation will be in luxury chalets, hotels or boutique bed & breakfasts.

Level 6: The ultimate luxury cycling vacation with top locations and carefully selected accommodations. Only the very best counts for us and you as our client! Get carried away on a next level cycling vacation.

Explanation gravity level

We roughly determine the heaviness of a trip based on a variety of circumstances. Severity can be determined by distances or by the altitude meters in distances. In addition, you experience a ride on a gravel or mountain bike already 'heavier' than a road bike ride.

Per category this is approximately what you can think of. Always discuss with us alternatives or modified routes which also influence the heaviness.

Road Bikes - Race bikesDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 170 km700-1100
Level 280 km1100-1500
Level 3100 km1500-2200
Level 4120 km2200-2800
Level 5150 km2800-3800
Hors Category175+ km3800-5500
Mountain Bike - MTBDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500
GravelDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500

Location: Saint-François-Longchamp, Parc Madeleine (France)