Velo 2018

Langdon Velo 2018

Sunday 10th June 2018

10th – 14th June 2018


Col de Bonnette, French Alps

Langdon Velo is delighted to invite you on our next cycling challenge.

The Langdon cycle challenge is back by popular demand for 2018. We will be heading to the France Alps with our highlight riding the Col de Bonnette. The French Alps are popular for riding and our custom route will impress and challenge riders of all abilities.

Over the last 8 years, we have been lucky to tour across Spain, France, Italy, Prague, Belgium and Luxembourg and 2018 will be our greatest adventure yet.

Itinerary

Many of you have been very keen to secure your place on our tour for next year, so while we finalise the exact specifics of our trip, the following will give you a very good flavor of what we are in for…

 

 

Day 1 – Sunday June 10th 2018 (Arrival)

Nice to Grasse
60km Approx 500m Ascent

– Early arrival into Nice Cote Azur Airport

– Skedaddle team waiting at the airport with bikes ready to ride

– Ride directly from the airport

– Gentle coastal via glitz and glamour of Antibes, Juan les Pins and Cannes

– Turn inland beyond Cannes and head for Grasse

– Final 10 km rises gently from sea-level to 360m

– Spend the evening in bustling Grasse – the world’s perfume capital

 

Day 2 – Monday June 11th 2018

Grasses to Castellane
85km Approx 1600m Ascent

– Day starts in a similar vein to the end of the previous stage i.e. ascending gently into the Parc naturel regional des Prealpes d’Azur

– Rural riding on quiet roads

– Gently rolling upwards for the first 35kms

– 5km moderately challenging climb follows

– Post lunch stage gently rolling

– Final challenge of the day, moderately steep 5km, rewarded with a thrilling 18km descent into Castellane via the stunningly beautiful turquoise waters of Lac de Chaudanne

 

Day 3 – Tuesday June 12th 2018

Castellane to Barcelonette
95km Approx 1700m Ascent

– Leaving Castellane via another beautiful lake, one which bears its name le lac de Castillon

– Climbing very gently and steadily for 65km

– Next 10km of more serious climbing as we tackle the Col d’Allos, the summit of which reaches 2200m

– The day ends with a fantastic scenic descent of almost 20km into the town of Barcelonnette, the gateway to might Col de Bonnette

– Free night

 

Day 4 – Wednesday June 13th 2018

Barcelonette to Auron via the Col de Bonnette
66km Approx 2100m Ascent

– One of the shortest stages of our tour today but it’s not one to be taken lightly as much of it will be in an upward direction!

– At 2802 metres and the highest point ever reached by the Tour de France, they have achieved exactly that and it is officially recognised as the highest sealed “through road” in Europe. Don’t be overly concerned if this all seems confusing, everything will become very clear once we have completed the 24km climb

– Reaching the Cime de la Bonette is a fantastic achievement and the ride itself is outstandingly beautiful. So too is the 26km descent down the other side which delivers us swiftly to Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée where we normally have lunch

– We complete our ride with one last challenging, but thankfully short (relatively!), climb to the ski resort village of Auron where we will relax for the evening

 

Day 5 – Thursday June 14th 2018

Auron to Nice
120km Approx 1000m Ascent

– Stage begins with over 50km of continuous descent

– After which the main challenge of the day commences with a series of relatively small but not insignificant climbs for the next 15km

– Lunch at summit approximately 70km outside beautiful village of Utelle

– Afternoon stage almost entirely downhill

– Descent from Utelle village via a series of tight and dramatic hairpin bends, reminiscent of a mini Alpe d’Huez

– Final 25 km following the Vallée du Var, gently downwards all the way to the airport in Nice – full circle

– Evenings flights home

Please Note

– We require a £250 deposit to save your place

– Places are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis

– You will be required to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1500 for Langdon

– At this time, exact costings cannot be confirmed, however, based on previous years, we expect the price to be approximately £1200 per person. This includes transportation of your bikes to the starting point, meals, accommodation and transfers during the ride

– This cost does not include flights and transportation to and from the start and end of the ride

– We are delighted to confirm our ride will be fully supported with tour guides, mechanics and luggage transfers by the very experienced team at Saddle Skedaddle

Col de Bonnette image © Michel Royon/Wikimedia Commons