Italy Switzerland Austria And the Incomparable Alpenbrevet
August 14 - September 1, 2020
A boutique tour for experienced cyclists looking for their next big thing . This European alpine adventure will be challenging, rewarding and beautiful in equal parts, the tour of a lifetime
The excitement is building about our 2020 tour. This epic adventure is five years in the making and combines all of the elements that make our cycling tours so special;
Epic climbs (of course), some are "bucket-listers" others are new to most but loved by all who ride them
Some big days broken up by a few shorter ones to allow the legs to recover
Five bases, a minimum of three nights in each, allowing time to embrace the charm of each town
Unique cycling routes showcasing the best scenery Europe has to offer
Participation in one of the world's very best Gran Fondos
A few rider challenges and tests, planned by our own exercise science guru, to add a little "spice"
Full support on every ride.
In 2020, we are heading to Italy (Alps and Dolomites), Switzerland and Austria. The roads we scale will take your breath away, including the cobbled Swiss classic, St Gotthard Pass. Some you may have heard of before, others will astonish you at first sight and go straight to the top of your list. Small villages, amazing food, local wines and hospitality that feels like a warm hug.
Some of the highlights
Participation in the mighty Alpenbrevet in Switzerland. Surely the world's most beautiful Gran Fondo
Classic Climbs: Colle Delle Finestre, Col de l'Iseran, Colle del Nivolet, Grimsel Pass, Susten Pass, Passo San Pellegrino, Grossglockener and many more.
A few hidden gems; Monte Cenisio, Col de Granon, Lago Teleccio, Nufenen Pass, Grosse Scheidegg, Passo Manghen, to name a few.
The Alpenbrevet This is perhaps Europe's most beautiful Gran Fondo / Sportive. We are entering tour participants into the GOLD course, which covers 174 km and 5200m of climbing. On the route are four Hors category climbs; the Susten Pass, Grimsel Pass, Nufenen Pass and the cobbled (yes cobbled) and "storybook beautiful" St Gotthard Pass. Limited to just 2500 starters each year, this incredible event covers a world famous cycling loop, on pristine Swiss surfaces with glacier-filled scenery that is so good, it almost looks fake. This is a must-do event and will live large in your memory forever.
The tour includes 18 nights accommodation, twin share (single supplement is available on request) August 14 to September 1, 2020 All transfers * All breakfasts * Nine dinners Full pro-level cycling kit * T shirt * jacket Entry to the 2020 Alpenbrevet - GOLD course. Full route planning by experienced tour planners Vehicle support on all rides Ride nutrition
Cost $7,295pp. This price is subject to change based on exchange rates at the time of payment. It is estimated that final tour price will be between $6,995 and $7,295. Please read our Terms & Conditions prior to making payment. These form part of the travel agreement between each tour participant and Icon Bike Tours.
* Airfares are not included in the tour price
Who is this tour for? Ideally your are a cyclists who revels in the challenge of climbing mountain passes. This tour includes some big multi-pass days on the bike and riders will need some significant climbing experience to really get the most out of this experience. The Alpenbrevet itself is 174km, includes four hors category climbs and 5200m of elevation. If you are in any doubt about your fit for this tour, please get in touch to have a chat.
Cycling the high mountains of Europe will change the way you see the world, few experiences compare.
Touring with Icon Bike Tours
At Icon Bike Tours we understand your decision to take a cycling tour. We know that there is a huge amount invested; time, energy, money and often sacrificing a holiday usually set aside for the family. With this in mind, we work very hard to ensure that your tour is everything you hoped for and more, a true bucket list adventure.
We stay away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, and live like locals in beautiful towns close to the climbs. Whether it's nestled somewhere in the foot of the Australian, Italian or French Alps, you will be comfortably accommodated in friendly chalets and hotels. Our Aussie tours to Tour Down Under in Adelaide or training camps in Bright and the Gold Coast also offer a great cycling experience, soaking up local cafes, beaches, and mountains.
Here is a little of what we build into each tour, ensuring a unique and fulfilling experience for all that sign up:
Challenging courses on the world's most beautiful roads, the ride experience is our number one priority.
Support from experienced guides offering technical, moral and nutritional assistance as needed.
A chance to sample local fresh food and cuisine, and enjoy local wines and beers.
Stay in cycling-friendly, locally authentic accommodation. We usually stay 4 - 6 days in each location so we don't have to pack up and change hotels every day, creating more time to ride and relax!
Some riding on roads that few (if any) other tours visit, the roads less travelled.
Some big days built around shorter ones to allow you to soak up all that these wonderful places have to offer.
A sprinkling of "local experiences" such as swimming in Lake Annecy in France, local markets, the odd cable car ride to the roof of the Dolomites or a stroll through the UNESCO listed Sottoguda Gorge.
A "raw-boned challenge day" in the mountains, such as an individual TT of the passo Giau or a personal lap of the incredibly challenging Marmotte Loop.
At Icon Bike Tours, our trips have something for everyone and we are confident that your cycling dream will come true.