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France Camp 2018

France Camp 2018

Come and ride with us in the French Alps and let me take you on my secret routes in, around, and through the Oisans valley.

For 2018, my spies tell me that Le Tour will have a finish on alpe d'Huez, our backyard climb, and a start from Bourg d'Oisan. This will allow at least two days of prime Tour de France spectating for Campers, and allow us to compare our climbing legs to those of the best cyclists in the world.

While we're on the subject of climbing - remember that we're in the mountains, Accordingly, plan to log lots of climbing and descending kilometers (they use the metric system in France) on the most storied and revered routes existing in the sport of cycling. We will not spend very much time riding on flat roads - and that may be an understatement!

If you need to get your tri-geek on, help yourself to the local running trails and quiet dirt roads, or choose from one of four local 25 meter lap pools.

You'll enjoy fresh food from the garden prepared by Chef Michael and Chef Alec, in your quaint, charming, and private Chalet. Sooth your legs in a cool mountain stream or in the Chalet jacuzzi while enjoying a glass (or two) of local wine. Make friends and tell stories, but most of all - RIDE.

France Camp Week 1 takes place from July 15-22, and Week 2 from July 22-29. Both camps run from Sunday to Sunday (Sunday arrival and Sunday departure). We will not know which week the Tour visits our Chalet until the official route and dates are announced on Tuesday, Oct. 17, but my guess is that the riders will have a date with l'alpe d'Huez on Wednesday, July 18, making Week 1 our Tour de France Week.

Campers should plan to arrive in Lyon, France (Lyon St Exupery Airport) or the Grenoble Train/Bus Station via various connection points such as Paris, Geneve, or London. We are happy to help you coordinate your travel plans once you decide to attend.

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

Cycling Information

France Camp will feature rides of 3-5 hours and some looped courses that will be new to alumni. We will hit all of the famous climbs of the Oisans Valley and some that are awaiting fame. Ride as much or little of each route as you want - we'll SAG you in should you choose to chill.

As usual, the riding is second to none, showcasing spectacular climbs and descents from Tours de France past and present, superb weather, minimal traffic, food that is healthy, delicious, fresh and plentiful, and awesome company and accommodations.

Climbs that you will visit while in the cycling mecca that is the French Alps may include: the col du Glandon, the col de la Croix de Fer, les deux alpes, the col du Lauteret, the Galibier, la Berarde, and the col de Ornon. Of course 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 21 switchbacks of l'alpe d'Huez, and the soon to be legendary Reculas climb (aka: col de Reckyourass).

Shoot me an email if you're interested in reserving a spot. They'll go fast this year! You can find pictures from previous France Camps and comments from staff and campers at Riccitello's France Cycling Camp Facebook page. This is a trip that will produce memories that last a lifetime, new friendships, and some nice fitness gains while you're at it.

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