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France Camp

April 17th, 2012


Coffee, croissant, Le Equipe, and a beautiful view of l'alpe d'Huez and Bourg d'Oisans.
Coffee, croissant, Le Equipe, and a beautiful view of l'alpe d'Huez and Bourg d'Oisans.

I have reserved the weeks of July 1-8, and July 8 through 15. Arrivals dates for the respective Camps are July 1 and July 8. Departure dates are July 8 and July 15.

Here is the cost of France Camp and what is provided:

  • Alumni rate of $2800 USD per person, double occupancy
  • Non-alumni rate of $3200 USD per person, double occupancy
  • Bed and Breakfast style Chalet featuring 6 double occupancy room, each with its own bathroom
  • Our group will be the only residents in the Chalet
  • Price includes:
    • Airport pick-up and drop-off in Lyon, France
    • France Camp Cycling kit (jersey and shorts)
    • Six guided and fully-supported rides featuring the best sag support ever (you'll feel like a team member of the Shack – just slower)
    • Optional guided (but not supported) ride on arrival evening
    • Bicycle rental (Ultegra equipped Trek Madone or equivalent – compact crank or triple chainring (yes- you'll need it!)) Big Breakfast featuring eggs, cereals, fruits, yoghurts, Nutella, homemade jams, homemade breads, coffee (lots), tea, etc.
    • Afternoon (evening for us Americans) Tea featuring cheeses, nuts, local olives, local meats (salami, sausage, and such), and of course, TEA
    • Big Dinner featuring some kind of protein (Chicken, Beef, Fish, Pork), pasta, and/or rice, salad from the Chef's garden, cheese, homemade bread, dessert, and all the wine you can drink
    • Daily pick-up at a scheduled time from either Bourg d'Oisans (base of the Alp d'Huez) or Allemond (base of the Reculas climb) for those who are too wimpy to ride back up to the Chalet (no pressure)
    • Daily access to a bike mechanic at the Chalet
    • Energy bars, gels, and sports drink for each ride
    • One load of laundry per day (ride clothes only) On-site Jacuzzi (clothing required – you know who I'm talking to)
    • Free on-site internet for laptop users, or access to desktop computer in the lounge area
    • Access to the extensive Chalet library (books, CDs, videos)
    • Access to IPOD connection at the "music center" (I must approve all music before public consumption)
    • Bocce Ball (called "Boules" or "Petanque" in French) World Championship Tournament (unofficial)
    • Did I mention "all the wine you can drink?"
  • Optional "rest day" featuring hiking or white water sports (highly recommended). The hiking is free and the fee for white water sports is ~$30
  • On-site laundry service for non-cycling clothes ($7 per load)
  • Honesty Bar featuring beer ($1), spirits, and an assortment of sodas and chocolate bars (low fat)

Cycling Information

Week 1 will feature longer rides of 3-6 hours, and some looped courses that will be new to alumni.

Week 2 will feature rides that take 2-4 hours (option for longer if you ride up to the Chalet instead of taking our shuttle to the top), and viewing of two stages of the Tour de France. The ride itinerary will be familiar to alumni.

As usual, the riding is second to none – featuring spectacular climbs and descents, superb weather (if you were at Camp last year, ignore the two rain days that were the first in Camp history), minimal traffic, food that is delicious, fresh, and plentiful, and awesome company and accommodations.

Climbs that you will visit while in the cycling mecca that is the French Alps include: the col du Glandon, the col de la Croix de Fer, les deux alpes, the col du Lauteret, the Galibier, and the col de Ornon. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention our two hometown climbs, without which, access to our wonderful Chalet is not possible: the mythical l'alpe d'Huez, and the soon to be legendary Reculas climb (aka: le Reckyourass).

If you wish to reserve a spot, send me an email and I will shoot you an invoice with payment options and give you travel details.

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