TOUR DES STATIONS
Take on Switzerland’s hardest cycling sportive
The Tour des Stations cyclosportive started in 2018, each year it has grown in popularity as one of the best and hardest one day cycling events. The Tour des Stations has ambitions of becoming the “reference of Swiss Grandfondo’s”, it wants to be as big or better than its counterparts.
With different routes to suit all cycling levels, from the leisurely 40km E-Fondo, to the very challenging ‘UltraFondo – The Everest’ at 242km and a whopping 8,848m± of climbing! The parcours crosses through the enchanting countryside of Valais, its mountainous grapevines, picturesque scenery, historic villages and internationally renowned ski stations.
The Tour des Stations is extremely well organised and year upon year they add value to the event by listening to the past participants and acting on the feedback, it’s a credit to the organisers. The feed stations are well stocked, the routes are well signed posted and all volunteers are extremely helpful and motivating – a true example of Swiss efficiency!
Whether it’s on the weekend of the Grandfondo or a recce trip a couple of months before the event, please contact us to discuss your needs. We can seamlessly organise all logistics and aspects of your trip, from your accommodation and food to transport and guiding.
The Tour des Stations Sportive Package
Please see the below information and itinerary for your Tour des Station Cycling week.
With our expert guides leading you, all you have to do is focus on the riding, food, drink and views. The week is designed so that you will be at your best for your Tour des Stations challenge. We will help you to become acclimatised to the weather, altitude and world class Swiss cycling. Each day will be customised to suit you and your group’s needs, they will be suitably challenging with enough stops for good coffee, local treats, ice cream and lunch.
Where possible we will follow the below itinerary, however we have lived in the Alps for a long time and guided many groups across a number of sports. We know things can and do often change. At Haut Velo we pride ourselves on our customised and flexible approach to our holidays and guiding. We are skilled at changing plans last minute if and when needed.
Itinerary – Sunday 1st August to Sunday 8th August
The below suggested rides are just a few examples to whet your appetite. We have many stunning options open to us, some well-known and many not so famous! With a potentially daunting day on the Saturday, some may wish to take it a little easier and taper in style…
It only feels right that your first day should be spent exploring and checking out some of the local Cols and climbs on our doorstep that will form part of the Tour des Stations; helping you to envisage what your Tour des Station challenge will entail. Example climbs, Col de Lien, Ovronnaz, Col de la Croix-de-Coeur, etc.
120km, 2,600m climbing – the jewel in the Swiss cycling crown… A cycling loop that includes a 1,700m climb over 30+km, every type of Swiss Alpine scenery (vin yards to high glacier meadows), starting in Swiss France, riding through Swiss Germany, returning to Swiss France and a ski lift to link the loop – a proper cycling adventure! Please see the following link for an article we featured in
1,500chf per person – Arrival on Sunday 1st August departure on Sunday 8th August.
Your home for the week will be a private chalet called Les Rires au Chalet. This fantastic chalet is very homely, modern, comfortable and purposefully built for groups of cyclists/bikers.
Your hosts for the week will be the owners of the chalet, Phil and Lucy from ‘Bike Verbier’. They have run an award-winning mountain biking holiday company for 20 years and as of 2019 they have taken a step back from guiding and now provide wonderful accommodation with delicious home cooked food for outdoor enthusiasts.
The chalet is located in the small village of Etiez, which is at the base of the first climb of the Tour des Stations, Col du Lein. The chalet is only a 5 minute easy ride to Le Chable and the Tour des Stations start line.
Etiez is also served by its own train station (50m from the chalet), which gives direct and easy access from the airport or to Le Chable and Verbier; with fantastic and world class cycling directly on the doorstep.
The chalet can home 12 people in six lovely rooms, with a large dining room and separate living area with plenty of comfy seating for everyone. The chalet also has a large private garden, which offers more places to relax and enjoy the superb views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.
Your meals will be home cooked, delicious, plentiful and varied; delivered in a relaxed and informal manner and served around a large family dining table.
1,500chf per person
- Beautiful bike friendly chalet
- 7 nights’ accommodation in twin rooms (Single rooms are possible for a supplement)
- Breakfast and evening meals on six nights
- Entry into the Tour des Stations
- Guided rides on everyday (Maximum of six riders per guide)
- Support car and driver on the Tour des Stations
- Local Tourist Tax
- Lunches and other personal expenses
- Personal insurance – we strongly recommend you have this and please ensure it covers road cycling
- Transfers from/to the airport – Private transfers can be arranged at an extra cost
- Bike hire – This can easily be arranged for you at an extra cost
If you are interested in the above package, a weekend only package or a bespoke Tour des Stations package, please get in touch via the below contact form.