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itinéraire pèlerinage

a v a n t - p r e m i è r e

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PèLerinage

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S ATUR DAY

MO NDAY

TUESDAY

W EDN ESDAY

T HU R SDAY

FR IDAY

DAY ON E - A R R I VA L

DAY three - LE GRAND DéPART

DAY fo u r - vo i e c l as si q u e

DAY FI V E - P éL er i nag e / FR EE DAY

DAY s i x - gât e a u d e f e r

DAY s E VE N - D é s e rt

Pick up from Geneva Airport in the morning with transfer back to our base, Navette, a small mountain village close to the hub valley town of Moutier in the Savoie. Once everyone has arrived and settled, welcome drinks and dinner provide an opportunity to relax and meet the team.

And so it begins.With over one hundred miles of constant climbing or decending and four categorised climbs over one thousand metres, L e G rand Départ will soon decide who is ready. This first stage is a beautiful ride over lesser known tarmac and, although not the steepest nor the altitude of later stages, it will certainly challenge and inspire.

At the midway point we pause for respite. Although many may see the 34km PèLerin age as a recovery day, it’s what we think cycling in the Alps is all about; a chance to take in the views, stop and reflect, whilst climbing one of the most stunning roads of the region. Be excited if you like hairpins and half days!

a m - PIC K U P FR OM Ge ne va AI R P O R T PM - A RRI VA L AT CHA LE T N AV ET TE WELC OM E D I NNE R I N NAV E T TE

Di s tanc e. 166. 48km - GAI N. 3400m - Max el evati on. 1621 M

This daunting classic route takes on the fabled trinity of the co l du T élégraph e (cat 1 ) , the co l du Galibier (h c) and the iconic Alpe D’h uez (h c) . Test yourself on the stage where many a Tour narrative has been set and several winners crowned. The Vo ie Classiq ue at 134km may provide the toughest test in terms of climbing but be warned; at this early point in the PèLerin age don’t burn all your matches. After the stage we will celebrate with a meal out before we return with tired legs to the chalet for some well earned rest.

A truly epic route, you’ll need a strong stomach to devour stage 3. The gât e a u de f e r visits some of the Tours most famous climbs though via alternate lesser known routes. The penultimate stages finale climbs the infamous southern ascent of the c ol de l a m a de l e ine via Montgellefray, before finishing back down in the valley of Aigueblanche, with the option for those strong enough to climb up the c ol dU NAV E T T E all the way to the front door and a rapturous welcome.

The longest and the toughest stage means an early start for all and lights on bikes. As we follow the cars down into the valley from Navette we prepare for another assualt on the c ol de l a m a de l e ine , this time on the classic route from the north.We aim to reach the summit at sunrise and a chance to experience the view over a second breakfast. The final challenge really begins as we continue on the soon to be legendary 214km stage of the Pè L e r inag e . The route continues to roll upwards as we climb the C OL DE L’ is e r a n the highest paved mountain pass (2770m) in the Alps and our final summit. After a quick celebratory coffee we roll down to Bourg Saint Maurice and to the finish. Pilgrimage complete. Pé l e r inag e f in!

06. 00AM 07. 00am 07. 30am 08. 00AM

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BREAKFAS T C HAL ET NAVETTE Depart C hal et Navette Arri ve AL bertvi l l e l e G RAND Départ

Distan ce. 1 3 4 km - GAIN . 3 7 0 0 m - Max elevat io n . 2 6 7 6 M 0 6 .0 0 AM 0 7 .0 0 am 0 8 .0 0 am 0 8 .3 0 AM

DI NNER ON RETU RN TO C HAL ET NAVETTE

DAY T W O - to u r d e ca fé A free day to explore or relax and a chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Savoie mountains. Particpants who wish to stretch their legs can join us on an scenic cafe ride, which we can tailor to your requirements. Choose from a simple roll down to Moutier for a coffee or the challenge of cycling up the 33km ascent to Val Thorens! For those who feel they don’t want to peak too soon, you can always unwind in the jacuzzi pool or acclimatise on the sundeck provided at the chalet.

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BREAKFAST CH ALET N AVET T E Depart Ch alet N avet t e Sain t- Jean - de- Maurien n e vo ie classiq ue

Distan ce. 3 4 km - GAIN . 1 2 0 0 M - Max e l e vat ion. 1558M 0 8 .0 0 AM 0 9 .0 0 am 1 0 .0 0 am 1 0 .3 0 AM 1 2 .3 0 AM

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BREAKFAST CH ALET N AVET T E Depart Ch alet N avet t e LA CH AMBRE PèLerin age piq ue- n iq ue PèLerin age

Dis ta nc e . 130km - GA IN. 3600m - M a x e l e vat ion. 2067M 06. 00A M 07. 00a m 08. 00a m 08. 30A M

DIN N ER O N RET URN T O CH ALET N AVET T E

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B R E A KFA S T C HA L E T NAV E T T E De pa r t C ha l e t Nav e t t e S t-M a r ie -De -C uine s gât e a u de f e r

Dis ta nc e . 214km - GA IN. 4500m - M a x e l e vat ion. 2763M 04. 00A M 05. 00a m 07. 00a m PM

DINNE R ON R E T UR N T O C HA L E T NAV E T T E

CELEBRAT IO N DIN N ER o ut BEFO RE RET URN T O CH ALET N AVET T E

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F IR S T B R E A KFA S T C HA L E T NAV E T T E Dé s e r t ( De pa r t C ha l e t Nav e t t e ) S E C OND B R E A KFA S T c ol de l a m a de l e ine f in

C E L E B R AT ION DINNE R - B OUR G -S A INT-M A UR IC E

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a m - B R E A K FA S T CHA L ET N AV ET TE 10.30A M - t ou r d e ca fé ( O P T I O N AL ) 08.30PM - D I nne r CHA le t N AV ET TE

a m - B R E A KFA S T C ha l e t Nav e t t e a m - DR OP OF F G e ne va A IR POR T

La Chambre - La Chambre

Distan ce. 3 4 km - GAIN . 1 2 0 0 M - START in g elevat io n . 4 5 0 - Max elevat io n . 1 5 5 8 M

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LE GRAND DéPART

voie classique

gâteau de fer

Désert

Albertville - Ugine

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Col de la Colombière

HC

12.11km - 5.4% AV

Col du Galibier

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17.90km - 6.6% AV

ALPE D’huez

Col DES ARAVIS 7.76km - 6.0% av

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COL DE ROMME

Col Du Télégraphe

4.44km - 7.4% AV

13.15km - 6.6% av

Navette - Bourg-Saint-Maurice

St-Marie-De-Cuines - Aigueblanche

St-Jean-de-Maurienne - Allemond

14.34km - 7.7 % AV

COL dE LA CROIX DE FER/COL DU GLANDON

HC

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Col du Mollard

1

COL de la Madeleine

HC

( SOUTH SIDE VIA montgellafrey )

19.19km - 6.9% AV

1

18.90km - 5.6% AV

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7.70km - 6.9% AV

Col De l’iseran 20.51km - 5.0% av

Col du LA MADELEINE 25.29km - 6.5% AV

Col du LA MADELEINE(petit) 5.35km - 5.3% av

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000.00KM 166.50KM

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134KM 300.50KM Allemond

000.00KM 334.50KM

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ST-MARIE-DE-CUINES

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130KM 464.50KM AIGUEBLANCHE

000.00KM 464.50KM Challet Navette

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214KM 678.50KM

BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE


Pèlerinage 02-09 Aout. 2014

Congratulations on accepting the challenge to participate in the inaugural ‘Pèlerinage’, which takes place from the 2nd to the 9th of August 2014.

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‘Pèlerinage’ is being brought to you by the nice people of the EnMasse cycling club. Our aim has always been to create a true test, both physical and mental, that could be tackled within an enjoyable, social and safe environment. With ‘Pèlerinage’ we have designed a parcour that will challenge any rider, but has a flexible support system that allows the majority to join in. It enables cycling fans to play on the same roads as Le Tour, taking in some of bike racing’s most iconic Alpine climbs. But this is not about pretending you are a pro rider! ‘Pèlerinage’ is about group cycling EnMasse. Swapping stories, sharing the wind and helping your fellow participants to conquer the terrain. If you are looking to smash your PB this may not be the trip for you, as EnMasse rides by the ethos of the ‘grupetto’.

Alongside the punishing climbs, stunning vistas and fast long descents we want this to be a truly pleasurable journey.This means good wholesome food, consumed for both joy and energy, central accommodation to reduce stress and the occasional glass of wine or beer on the sun terrace. We look forward to welcoming you to France in August and hope this adventure will be as fulfilling as it is challenging. Bonne chance!

Pè l e r inag e - 5 DAYS - DIS Ta nc e 680km - C L IM B ING 16, 500M


Accomodation - Pèlerinage 02-09 Aout. 2014

Perched high on the mountainside above the valley road, chalet Navette provides stunning views across the Savoie region of the Rhone Alps between the towns of Albertville and Moutier. It will be our base for the entire week of ‘Pèlerinage’ providing a relaxing and tranquil home for all cyclists and guests.

A C C O M M O D A T I O N

Your stay includes seven nights bed and breakfast in the ecologically renovated 1640 farmhouse and you will share accommodation with a fellow cyclist, with all rooms benefitting from en suite facilities.The house itself boasts a private pool and jacuzzi to rest your weary legs, a sun terrace with views across the Alps to enjoy a glass of local wine and central lounge and dining room with an open fire. Being based in a single location allows all cyclists to truly recuperate when off the bike without the constant stress of packing and unpacking each day. All you have to worry about is cycling, resting and enjoying yourself. We look forward to welcoming you to chalet Navette and are sure you will find it as relaxing as we do.

FAc il it ie s S a una /Jac uz z i F ir e pl ac e S Un T E r r ac e Pr ivat e s w im m ing pool F r e e PA r king Int e r ne t-w if i Kit c he n ( for personal use outside meal times ) F r idg e pe r r oom E n-s uit e in a l l r oom s TV c om m on dining /l oung e L OC A L A R E A M ounta in b ike t r a il s from chalet Hiking available from the chalet f is hing 8km t e nnis 10km T he r m a l b at hs 10km Hor s e r iding 20km L OC A L S HOPS 7km (13 minute drive ) M OUT IE R 10km (18 minute drive ) T R AV E L C A r ( c a l a is t o Nav t t e ) 8 hour s t r a in ( PA r is t o M out ie r ) 5 hour s Pl a ne ( F r om G e ne va a ir por t ) 2 hour s

L e Pè l e r inag e - C Ha l e t Nav e t t e A dr e t s d’ e n ha ut S a r l Nav e t t e - 73260 A ig ue b l a nc he F r a nc e


Food & feeding - Pèlerinage 02-09 Aout. 2014

Matching our ethos on the bike, the food during ‘Pèlerinage’ is both for fuel and pleasure. At chalet Navette we provide wholesome fresh home cooked meals to satisfy the hunger of tired cyclists. All food is locally sourced where possible and will be geared towards getting you through the next day.

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For all participants a large continental breakfast will be provided each day at chalet Navette. On the road lunch will be fully catered for with baguettes, jambon, fromage, fruit and nutella abundant, plus anything we like the look of on the day. We will also keep you fully hydrated with water support and will provide basic cereal bars for on bike sustenance and happiness. Anything extra you require at cafe stops en route will be down to you and if you are used to specific energy products please bring them with you.

Meals included in the price for participants

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Meal Out Alpe d’Huez

WED T HU FRI S AT

Meal Out Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Meals included in the price for participants

On two evenings during the ‘Pèlerinage’ we will dine out. First, atop the iconic Alpe d’Huez commemorating the climbs conquered and the rest(ish) day ahead. Second, on the final day after the last decent off the Col De L’Iseran, feasting in Bourg-Saint-Maurice and celebrating all we have achieved.

Meals not included in the price Please note beer & wine is provided at all evening meals at chalet Navette Meals out are not included in the package Non cycling guests do not receive a breakfast or lunch Non cycling guests will be catered for at all dinners in chalet Navette Non cycling guests are invited to join all evening meals out


Support - Pèlerinage 02-09 Aout. 2014

Whilst on the bike you will never be on your own. With every eight participating cyclists there will be two guide riders who will navigate, keep you informed about any upcoming obstacles or issues, support you during mechanical problems and occasionally take the wind.

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S U P P O R T

Accompanying the grupetto at all times will be two support vehicles who will always be reachable for food, spares and water. In the main van each cyclist will be allowed to carry a small bag of personal items, to include extra apparel for changes in weather, your favourite energy products or any bike specific items you may require but don’t wish to carry. Our support staff won’t only be driving you around, they will also be refilling bottles, taking photos, procuring lunch and spurring you on. So if you see them with a camera aside the road be sure to smile. If you are having a bad day the comfort and respite of the van will never be far away. Off the bike, as well as preparing your evening meals, support staff will present the parcours for the next days riding and will be happy to answer any questions or worries you have about the stage. There will also be mechanical support with a basic level of servicing available. Bike stands and standard tools will be at your disposal but if you require any specific tools for your bike you must bring them along. For any major issues there are several bike shops close to chalet Navette and en route.

F UL L on b ike s uppor t G uide cyc l is t s w it h you at a l l t im e s Va ns c a r rying e x t r a kit a nd s pa r e s Wat e r a nd f ood pr ov ide d S A f e t y a nd c om f or t of a va n a lways ava il a b l e W E don’ t m a s s ag e


What you need - Pèlerinage 02-09 Aout. 2014

T O TA KE PA R T IN Pè l e r inag e t he f ol l ow ing it e m s a r e r e quir e d. W it hout t he m you m ay not b e a l l ow e d t o pa r t ic ipat e

Your BIKE - Kit

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PE R sONaL-insur anc e s

yo u m us t b r ing your ow n r oa d b ike t hat is c l e a n a nd in g ood wo rk ing c ondit ion We recommend all bikes have a full service from your LBS

A n in dat e ‘ E ur ope a n He a lt h ins ur a nc e c a r d’ / E HIC c a r d

before you travel. Although we accept no liability for the condition of your bike, we may not let you ride if we feel it is unsafe.

Pe r s ona l t r av e l ins ur a nc e t hat inc l ude s he a lt h c a r e a nd r e pat r iat ion. Ac c ide nta l 3r d pa r t y da m ag e s From our experience most

N ew t yr e s a nd b r a ke pa ds a r e r e c om m e nde d All bikes should be fitted

travel insurance policies include road cycling in Europe, as long as you are not racing or mountain biking. Please check your insurance details thoroughly before you arrive.

with new tyres and brake pads before you travel. Due to the large amount of descending and varied weather and road conditions, we suggest an all rounder tyre and we suggest bringing a spare set of brake pads with you.

Yo u w il l ne e d e noug h cyc l ing kit t o l a s t 6 days You will require cycling attire for all conditions, including cold and wet weather gear.

A ful l s e t of l ig ht s w il l b e r e quir e d As we will be travelling early mornings and possibly late evenings, full lights to see by as well as be seen are needed( these can be kept in the van). We also recommend some smaller blinkers to keep with you at all times for descending through tunnels etc.

H elm e t s m us t b e w or n at a l l t im e s on t he b ike . No e xc e pt ions

B e f or e ta king pa r t in a ny f or m of e x e r c is e you s houl d c he c k w it h your doc t or b e f or e s ta r t ing. You s houl d not r ide Pè l e r inag e w he n s ic k or injur e d, or if you know a ny r e a s on w hy it m ay ne gat iv e ly a f f e c t your he a lt h a nd w e l l b e ing W e r e c om m e nd hav ing c om pr e he ns iv e b ike ins ur a nc e pol icy t hat inc l ude s ac c ide nta l da m ag e a nd t he f t From our experience some household insurance providers may cover this, so it is worth checking before purchasing.

W e c a n ac c e pt no l ia b il it y f or a ny da m ag e or l os s t o you or your b ike

Your helmet must fit well and not be damaged.

Wh ils t on t he b ike you m us t a lways c a r ry t he f ol l ow ing it e m s ; Spare t ub e ( s ) & Pat c he s / t yr e l e v e r s / M ini t ool a nd pum p (Appropr iat e f or your s e t up) . We also recommend having a spoke tool and using a fast link chain, with a spare quick link stored in your saddle bag.

All ride r s m us t hav e at l e a s t t w o l a r g e wat e r b ot t l e s ( 700m l plus ) a nd T w o b ot t l e c ag e s. You may wish to bring a further bottle for your post ride recovery shake.

OT HE R If you r e quir e a ny s pe c if ic e ne r gy pr oduc t s w hil s t on t he r oa d you m us t pr ov ide t he M Some basic cereal bars and electrolyte tabs will be provided.

S Uns c r e e n s houl d b e us e d w he n out on t he b ike This can be stored in one of the support vans to be reapplied when needed.


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