Route Severity - Vertical Gain


07 July – 21 July 2024

Six Days of Cycling Gains

Join us in the Alps for epic rides and breathtaking scenery. This Break-away is graded ‘red’ meaning you will need to have put in some preparation on the bike, have experienced hilly rides previously and can link day to day rides. Great routes and great memories lie ahead.


£1,400 GBP PP/PW (Limited to 12 riders)

Break-away Schedule


125Km  |  2,463m VERTICAL GAIN


108KM  |  3,110m VERTICAL GAIN


106KM  |  3,112m VERTICAL GAIN


86KM  |  1,087m VERTICAL GAIN


170KM  |  3,306m VERTICAL GAIN


135KM  |  3,079m VERTICAL GAIN

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Earn Your Stripes in The Alps 2024

Our first Alpine Break-away for 2024 will be based near Verchaix, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in France. You will stay in a luxurious chalet right in the heart of the high Alps. As always, we will assist with guidance on the only thing you need to do, book your flight or plan your road journey. From that point on we will take care of everything.

Once you arrive at the chalet and settle in, Vertical Gain riding kit will be provided. It’s a great identity and something you will treasure long afterwards….you will have earned it. If time allows, a shake down ride along the valley is organised before your evening meal.


What to Expect

You will ride a series of the most famous cols in cycling, at your pace with support always nearby.

Day One  |  Col de la Colombiere route

One of the longest and most iconic climbs in the Alps. We will start climbing fairly early in the ride with a stunning added climb after La Colombiere.

Day Two  |  Col de la Ramaz route

After a delightful warm up along the valley, we will climb this beautiful mountain with a sting in the tail towards the top. It’s tough. Two smaller climbs follow on quiet alpine roads.

Day Three  |  Col de Joux Plane route

This is the reason we came to this valley. A huge history in the Tour de France and in view from the chalet. More climbing to follow, but this one will stay in your memory for ever.

Day Four  |  Valley ride

Today we focus on some of the smaller climbs along the valley, including the ‘waterfall’ climb, scene of Jonas Vingegaard’s amazing Tour de France timetrial.

Day Five  |  Col de l’Arpettaz route

Today is a big one. Lots of climbing, with a back country Alpine climb that will blow you away.

Day Six  |  Col de Romme route

Another big day and another Alpine challenge. This climb is a steep one, leading on to the Col de La Colombiere.

Day Seven  |  Homeward bound

Travel home with the most immense memories and a new found respect for the high mountains.


Route Grading

A theme you will start to see is our route grading. Overall this is a ‘red’ week, meaning you will need to have put in some preparation on the bike, have experienced hilly rides previously and can link day to day rides. However hard each ride is, all of the group is considered at all times, so no rider will be isolated and without support.

Our knowledge of these roads allows us to modify routes if required… conditions can change with little warning. You can even hop into the van for a short period, or even for the whole day if you choose to rest. Whatever the outcome, we will all have great stories to tell when we reminisce around the dinner table.

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Fully supported

Daily we provide an energy loaded breakfast and also take care of specific dietary requirements. Your high quality evening meal is also prepared in-house for you, along with suitable nutrition throughout each ride. In essence, you just need to be ready to enjoy a superb day’s riding. Everything else that can effect the success of that ride is down to us. Six planned days of riding are then shown to you, with gpx files provided, along with verbal route description.



  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily evening meal
  • Daily ride nutrition
  • Daily route guidance
  • Accommodation & facilities



So, most of what you need is included. With our support, you need to;

  • Organise your travel to France
  • Have travel insurance and medical cover
  • Bring a finely tuned bike along with you

We always have spares and good knowledge of sorting out bike issues, but starting the week with a ‘ride ready’ bike is essential.


Price Per Person

£1,400 GBP covers your week with Vertical Gain. £250 deposit secures your place, with the £1,150 balance being paid in April 2024. The deposit is non refundable. Any questions you may have can be sent to


Cancellations & Refunds

A non refundable deposit secures your place on a Break-away, with the balance being paid in the month linked to each Break-away.

If Vertical Gain cancel your Break-away, all monies will be returned, including deposits.

If the client cancels their Break-away, a full refund less deposit is due up to 130 days prior to your journey. If less than 130 days, a full refund less deposit is returned to the client once Vertical Gain have filled the cancelled place.

If additional information is required regarding Terms and Conditions, please send your enquiry to

Cyclist Reviews

Star Rating


Great food, great routes, great mechanical and roadside pickup service (in case your legs fall off). Set in a traditional, well-finished Alpine chalet with all your bike and recovery needs looked after by Gary and the team, I cannot recommend highly enough. If you’re looking to turn off your brain and pedal as hard as you like in a beautiful setting, this is the trip for you! 11/10

Charlotte – UK

Star Rating


Where to start? Having done several personally and a couple along with the wife, I/we can say that from the moment you arrive to the minute you leave, you will want for nothing. Gary & K have always gone well above & beyond to make the trips challenging, memorable, and fun. All the best with your future adventures.

Marc & Caz – UK

Star Rating


I've been extremely fortunate to have shared some amazing cycling experiences with Gary over the last ten years. Basing ourselves in a first first-class Chalet in the Haute-Savoie, Gary's intimate knowledge of the area guarantees challenging routes and breathtaking scenery.

From cursing up the brutal Col de Romme to bombing down the Joux Plane or watching stages of the Tour de France, there's been some incredible highlights.

But it is the camaraderie within the group that really make these trips so special. On and off the bike, the banter is brilliant and lifelong friendships are formed.

Richard - Australia