Etape du Tour 2018

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Ride the Etape du Tour – Let us do the Rest!

4 days / 3 nights

Etape du Tour – July 8, 2018

For 2018 we will be offering an opportunity for our Etape du Tour clients to extend their stay in the mountains and ride some of the most beautiful roads in France. Scroll down for details.

Distance: 169 km, Total Elevation: 4017 m

In 2018 the 28th Etape du Tour will replicate Stage 10 of the Tour de France, the very first day in the high mountains for the pro peloton, and definitely one of most exciting of this year’s Tour. The event starts on the glistening shores of Lake Annecy and finishes in the ski resort town of Le Grand Bornand.

One of the best aspects of the Etape du Tour is that in two different years riders can experience completely different courses. In 2017 the Etape had two monumental climbs (Vars and Izoard), with a long, flattish run-in, back-loading the climbing near the end of the parcours. For 2018 you start your climbing more or less from the first pedal stroke and cross no fewer than 4 categorized climbs before descending into the Arrivée in Le Grand Bornand. With over 4000 meters of elevation gain in nearly 170 km, this course is one to be respected. Train smart and start now!

The Etape du Tour is an incredible experience and the memories you take back home will stay with you for a long, long time. However, it is also a logistically complicated event, whether you’re coming to ride it alone or with friends.

44|5 Cycling Tours’s luxury alpine chalet above the finish line town of Le Grand Bornand has the amenities and conveniences to ensure your racing weekend is exceptional. We will pick you up at Geneva airport and from then on all your transport, most meals and accommodation is taken care of. We can even arrange a high-performance carbon-fiber bike for you on request. Let us take care of the logistics and support so you can make the most of your Etape weekend.

Tour Extension Options

For 2018 we will be offering an ‘add-on’ option for riders wishing to extend their stay in the Alps with 44|5. You will simply stay on at our luxury chalet for three extra days (departing Thursday the 12th). After a ‘rest day’ on Monday (with optional recovery ride), we’ll do two fully-supported daily rides in the stunning Northern Alps, including a ride along beautiful Lake Annecy and climbing Semnoz (summit finish in 2013 – won by Nairo Quintana) and Col des Aravis (40 appearances in the Tour de France since 1911). Extension days are all inclusive – meals, transport and accommodation included. Check the itinerary tab for more details. 

3-day Tour Extension: €975

Contact John or Gerry if interested.

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions at a Glance
  • 3 nights accommodation (Friday night in Geneva and Saturday/Sunday at our luxury chalet)
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Complimentary sports nutrition
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Geneva Airport (Friday afternoon pick-up / Monday morning drop-off)
  • Transport to/from Etape ‘village’ in Annecy
  • Drop-off at race start (Annecy); pick-up at finish (Le Grand Bornand)
  • Expert guides to see to your needs
  • Registration to the event. Go to the A.S.O. website from Oct 23rd to register
  • Transportation to/from Geneva (i.e. flights)
  • Lunches and drinks outside dinner
  • Hotels before/after your tour
  • Bikes – through our rental partner, France Bike Rentals, you can have a bike waiting for you at the race village in Annecy when you arrive.
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend you purchase a travel insurance policy that also covers your bike)


  1. Day One Fri, July 6: Arrival

    • Pick-ups at Geneva Airport: afternoon / evening
    • Transfer to our airport hotel
    • Group dinner at local restaurant

    Dinner included

  2. Day Two Sat, July 7: Race Village Visit; Transfer to Chalet

    • Transfer from Geneva to the race ’village’ (Annecy) to pick up race packs
    • Lunch in Annecy; transfer to our luxury chalet
    • Bikes assembled; short shake-out spin
    • Catered dinner at the chalet

    Breakfast and dinner included

  3. Day Three Sun, July 8: Race Day

    • Early breakfast then transfer to race start
    • Transfer back to chalet after event
    • Celebratory dinner at the chalet

    Breakfast and dinner included

  4. Day Four Mon, July 9: Transfer to Airport / Annecy Visit

    • Breakfast
    8:00 transfers to Geneva airport

    Breakfast included

    For those extending their tour (see ’Overview’ for details)

    • Breakfast after a good sleep in!
    • Annecy visit with lunch on the lake
    • Optional easy spin in afternoon
    • Dinner in Le Grand Bornand

  5. Day Five (for those extending their package) Tue, July 10: Col des Aravis Ride

    • Breakfast
    • Col des Aravis Loop – 80 km, 1800 m
    • Lunch on the road
    • Afternoon: rest, relax, explore
    • Dinner in local restaurant

  6. Day Six (only for those extending their package) Wed, July 11: Lake Annecy / Semnoz Ride

    • Breakfast
    • Lake Annecy / Semnoz loop – 115 km, 2500 m
    • Lunch on the road
    • Afternoon: rest, relax, explore
    • Dinner at chalet

  7. Day Seven (only for those extending their package) Thu, July 12:

    • Breakfast
    • Morning transfers to Geneva airport

    Breakfast included

L'Envers des Etoiles

We think we’ve ‘done it again’ this year and have found the perfect luxury chalet in the mountains for our Etape clients!

L’Envers des Etoiles is a large Alpine chalet of 500 m2, with 6 en-suite rooms, a large common area of 180 m2, indoor pool, sauna, and several terraces with stunning views. Our chalet is situated above the town of Le Grand Bornand (finish line of the Etape du Tour) in a calm, serene setting.

The chalet is so perfect that 44|5 will be offering Etape clients an opportunity to stay on after the event for 3 days. The Northern French Alps has some of the best cycling in the world and our chalet is the perfect base camp to access some of the most beautiful Tour de France climbs there are.



Etape du Tour 2018 Climbs

What the 2018 edition of the Etape du Tour lacks in ‘brand name’ climbs, it makes up for in beauty, steep grades and endless climbing. There are four categorized climbs and more in between. All four climbs are on the steep side, with three of them between 8% and 10% average. This will be a tough, challenging Etape.

Col de la Croix Fry

Elevation: 1477 meters. Length: 13 km. Gain: 842 meters. Average Gradient: 6.5%



Montée du Plateau des Glières

Elevation: 1390 meters. Length: 6 km. Gain: 600 meters. Average Gradient: 10%



Col de Romme

Elevation: 1297 meters. Length: 9 km. Gain: 815 meters. Average Gradient: 8.7%

Col de la Colombière

Elevation: 1618 meters. Length: 7 km. Gain: 630 meters. Average Gradient: ?%

Tour Dates (if fixed) Tour Availability Price Per Person Single Supplement  
July 6, 2018 - July 9, 2018
Etape - Sold Out
July 9, 2018 - July 12, 2018
Tour Extension - 2 Rooms Available