5 night adventure trip! Departing Sunday 27 September.

Les Portes du Soleil is a major ski-sports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Spread over 14 valleys and about 400 square miles (1036 square km) Les Portes du Soleil ranks among the two largest ski areas in the world. The highest point of skiing is 2,400 metres and the lowest is 900 metres.

Avoiding motorways and toll roads as much as possible, we use roadside motels for en-route overnight stops to our destination which whilst in France is the B&B chain. Once at a longer planned stop, good quality 3* and above hotels are used. Hotels tend to be small, friendly and family run where possible and may have swimming pool and sauna/steam room.

The route will be suitable for all. Pace will be set accordingly and if you want to go faster or slower, then please do so. There will be no pressure from anyone. Suggested minimum size of machine would be 600cc; needs to be suitable for long days in saddle.

The roads in France are generally better than those in the UK; quieter too.

The whole route:

run to the alps

Day 1 – cross to Calais via the Chunnel – early-ish start as we have a 6 hour ride ahead to reach our first night stop in Nancy. We pass through the Belgian town of Ypres, home to the World War 1 memorial, Menen Gate. We can stop here for late breakfast or early lunch. Then, along some great riding roads, we make a dash to Nancy, stopping for regular breaks and fuel stops. 336miles approximate all told.

Day 2 – another long riding day, heading around the northern end of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), we cross the Swiss border, head into the Alps mountain range arriving late afternoon at our 3 Star hotel for three nights in Chatel. Today will be another long day, mileage approx. 240, but as the roads get windier we tend to slow down a bit! Arrive in Chatel for dinner.
Day 3 – Ride out around the ski-resorts of Les Portes Du Soleil region

Day 4 – Ride out to Albertville, the town that hosted the XIV Winter Olympic Games back in 1992

Day 5 – Depart Chatel and head for home via Geneva. This means we have gone round the Lake. We head up through the country side on minor roads to our last overnight stop in Troyes. Another long ride, 330 miles or so all told.

Day 6 – Head for the Chunnel to catch our late afternoon crossing to for our journey home.

Costs (per person)
1. Rider plus pillion, sharing a room – £414
2. Rider only, sharing a room – £556
3. Rider only, not sharing a room – £765

Drop me a line if this is of interest at peter.genet@talktalk.net or see the Gentleman Bikers website link above for more details.

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