E-BIKE TOUR OF MONT BLANC:
CHAMONIX - THE 'E-CLASSIC' ALPINE TOUR IN FRANCE,
SWITZERLAND AND ITALY

Why take an E-bike to do the ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’?



At Alpsmountainbike.com we have always loved long mountain climbs, technical trails, endless descents and discovering new landscapes.

It’s our life, our passion, our blood, our DNA, it’s who we are, our reason for being.

The Alps provide an extremely demanding terrain, equally technical and physically challenging and we believe the E-bike is the perfect tool for those who, like us, want to ride longer and further on some of the most beautiful mountain singletracks in the world.

Having tested the E-bike we’ve realised the extent to which they can open up the possibilities for discovery in the Alps for experienced riders!
Far from seeing the E-bike as a way to do the same itinerary more easily, we see it as the perfect partner to help expand the possibilities for exploration and increase our fun and pleasure on the more difficult mountain terrain.

Our dream to ride further, cover more ground, to have more and more fun discovering new possibilities is at last realised with the E-bike.

Imagine riding more than sixty kilometres on mountain trails, climbing 2500 to 3000 meters and then dropping 4000 meters on single tracks all in the same day only to start again the next day, and the next, and the next. Is that not every mountain biker’s dream?

We propose our Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) ‘Express’ over four days which includes new trails that we are unable to include in our ‘Classic’ tour for lack of time.


INCLUDED

the guiding by a graduated French bilingual professional mountain bike guide expenses of organization 5 dinners / 5 continental breakfasts 4 gourmet lunchs during the riding days 5 nights accomodations in twin to quad room the transport of your luggage from place to place mechanical assistance at night free access to a complete tool box to maintain your bike the road transfers when needed and ski lifts in Chamonix valley the pick up and drop off at Geneva airport on saturday arrival and departure day only the “Alpsmountainbike“ jersey.

NOT INCLUDED

the fight ticket to Geneva airport the expenditure in personal matter (drinks energetic drinks and foods etc...) the bicycle hiring if needed the expenses of repair and maintenance of the bicycle the cancellation/help insurances and repatriation and in general way all that is not included/understood in the heading "the price includes/understands"

Warning: This itineray is given for your information and may be changed at the discretion of the guide depending on the weather conditions, physical ability of clients and the trail 'options' we decide together.

Information

This trip is for bikers of an advanced or expert level. It is not for beginners because despite the battery assistance you will need to pedal, sweat and earn your decent which will be on alpine, technical singletracks that require a minimum level 3 in order to have fun.

You can come with your own E-bike (fully suspended with 5”/130mm+ travel) or rent one in Chamonix (we can provide a list of bike descriptions and prices upon request).

The Schedule : arrival Saturday

DAY 1 of arrival (Saturday) : Arrive in Chamonix at the “Pointe Isabelle” hotel, recuperate and prepare the E-bikes. During dinner there will be a briefing of the trip.

DAY 2 (Sunday) :
Taking the lifts from the resort of La Tour we switch over to Switzerland via a magnificent trail that will allow us familiarise ourselves with our bikes. We will traverse Martigny-Ville in the morning then climb to the Lac de Champex via a mix of large trails and singletracks.
During the afternoon we will rejoin the classic TMB itinerary composed largely of single tracks. After this long and varied day a cold beer awaits us on the terrace of our hotel in La Fouly with a view over the Swiss glaciers.

Ride distance: 70km Uneven positive: 2400m Uneven negative: 2500m


DAY 3 (Monday) : Today we cross two borders, from Switzerland to Italy, then back to France. We climb the two highest passes on this Tour du Mont Blanc: the Grand Col Ferret and the Col de la Seigne.
We are rewarded for our efforts with a ride over the ridge of Mont de la Saxe where both the trail and the scenery are absolutely fantastic!
Having met with the support van in Courmayeur (Italy) to change our batteries we then continue via the pass and lake ‘Checroui’ to the beautiful turquoise lake ‘Roselend’ (France) around which we will spend the night.

Ride distance: 65km Uneven positive: 2600m Uneven negative: 3200m

DAY 4 (Tuesday) : On this forth day we invite you to come and discover the wild and magnificent Beaufortain region.
During the morning we will circle the lake using a ridge path that you will remember for the rest of your days!
The views across this lake and over the Mont Blanc will take your breath away.
After lunch we climb in the direction of the Col de la Gittaz then flip over into the Vallée des Contamines-Montjoie via a legendary singletrack.
Here we spend the night.

Ride distance: 60km Uneven positive: 2300m Uneven negative: 2500m

DAY 5 (Wednesday) :
Heading back to Chamonix using part of the Tour du Mont Blanc we pass at the foot of two immense glaciers: Miage and Bionnassay. The last decent into the village of Servoz will be the cherry on the cake of this tour. This endless, playful, varied and sometimes technical track brings together all the elements that constitute bikers dreams!
Back in Chamonix we will return the bikes and enjoy a last meal together.

Ride distance: 53km Uneven positive: 1950m Uneven negative: 2300m


Total ride distance: 235 to 250km !!!

Dismantle and pack bikes ready for departure the following day.
Yes I think a well earned cold beer or two is a definite!

DAY 6 (Thursday) : Breakfast and departure to Geneva airport

*Please make sure to book a late afternoon or evening return flight, due to the transfer time to Geneva airport from Grindelwald.



NB: this tour is run with a minimum of 4 clients. Lunches on Saturday of arrival and Saturday of departure are not included, but can be arranged at an additional cost.

Departure
possible
Every Saturday from June 15th to October 12th
Level
MORE INFOS


Physical
difficulty
  • You are a mtb fan and ride 3-4 times a week at least for 2 hours non stop or more.
  • You can ride at intense pace for short periods (15 minutes)
  • You are able to cope with longer anaerobic efforts( 3-5 minutes).
  • You are comfortable with cycling more than 5 hours at steady pace per day.
  • you are able to climb 1 hour non stop.
  • you do not mind riding in rain if it occurs.
  • you are able to climb more than 1000 meters (3000 feet).
  • vertical ascent a day over 5 days including hike-a-bike sections ( more than 10 minutes).


    Technical
    difficulty
  • You are experienced and have ridden in a lot different situations ( dust, gravels, rocks, roots, mud, slippery terrain) and different types of singletracks.
  • You can go down a drop above 30 centimeters (about 1 foot).
  • You rarely walk uphill or downhill.
  • You are not afraid of steep singletracks uphill and downhill
  • You like the technical challenge and you would like to improve your skills.
  • You can cope with tight corners while downhill with rock and roots.
  • You can ride along a technical descent for at least 30 minutes.
  • You are confident in riding with little exposure.
  • YOUR BIKE
  • The best option is to ride on your own mountain bike, as it is familiar to you.
  • PLEASE NO XC bikes or short travel bikes (below 130mm)
  • A full suspension bike with at least 130 mm of front and back travel is required.
  • You need to have big grippy tires front and back, minimum 2.3 solid casing.
  • Possibility of renting a full suspension bike from 365 euros a week in the local sports stores (list on request).
  • Distance : 250 km - Ascent : 9250 m - Descent : 10500 m
    Duration6 days: arrival on saturday , departure on thursday
    5 nights accomodation
    4 days riding
    Terrain
    All kinds of trails !
    Cruisy 2 path trails
    From easy to technical singletracks (some very technical) 'rocky and rooty' trails.
    Location
    Starts and finishes in Chamonix, passes through France, Switzerland and Italy
    Accomodations and food
    7 nights accommodation in hotels (based on double occupancy twin bedrooms). Each accomodations has a secure bike storage, bike-washing facilities, a bar with fresh beers ( there are important things in life! Dinners are 3-courses and each hotels can cater for specific dietary requirements ( veggy, vegan, gluten intolerant etc...), please let us in advance if you have specific diet.
    Lunch
    Our gourmet sandwiches are now reknown as we love to prepare some " deeluxe" lunch for fill your biker's hungry stomchs! So we provide a different sandwich freshly prepared everyday with delicious bread ( organic or whole wheat when possible) and local specialities. In addition we propose unlimited acces to trail snack and fruits!
    Pick up / Drop Off / Meeting point
    The closest international airport is GENEVA / Switzerland, about one hour transfer from Chamonix. The pick up and drop off from / to Geneva airport are included in the price of the trip. Please let us in advance your flight details. You will meet your guide and driver in Chamonix at dinner time. Please do not assemble your bike before you have arrived in at the hotel you'll stay in on saturday evening. Dependding wich trip you ride , you can leave your bike box safely at the hotel and find it back on friday
    Lodging
    5 nights accommodation in a mix of hotels (based on double occupancy twin bedrooms)