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So… what’s included?

The SideTracked Alpine Adventure Tour is booking now for 2019 – contact us for dates and availability. This is a fully guided on and offroad tour for a maximum of 6 riders using their own Adventure Bikes. There will be a ride leader and dedicated back-marker.

We’re also throwing in a UK Based Skills Development Day/Shakedown run with Surrey Green Lane Tours where you can test your bike, your kit and yourself on and off the road around the fabulous Surrey Hills. Meet the Team, get the bike dirty and make sure nothing’s going to fall off once we reach the really big mountains!

The price includes 7 nights accommodation in quality local hotels on a bed and breakfast basis. At least 2 evening meals are also included. The price is based on 2 riders sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available for a supplement – please contact us for details.

Due to the varied nature of the terrain this tour is not suitable for pillion riders!

 

What do I need?

• Well first off you’ll need a bike, there’s some big mountains to get up! The real joy of Adventure Touring comes from taking your everyday bike somewhere entirely different and where you never thought it could go. This trip is perfect for Big Trail/Adventure bikes such as the GS, Tenere, KTM Adventure, Africa Twin, Tiger etc, but you could equally run the route on a smaller dirt bike with a set of throwover panniers and some lightweight packing – the choice is yours.

• A set of Knobblies is also strongly recommended, there are some long dirt sections through the mountains and although a decent set of Dual Purpose tyres would hold up fine in the dry we can’t control the weather. Plus, knobblies make your bike look great in the pictures!

• A good set of panniers – you’ll need to carry your gear with you over paved and unpaved surfaces. We’ll break this up with multiple nights in some of our Hotels so there will be a good mix of riding with and without luggage.

• Well vented riding gear. It’s all too easy to overheat down in the valley where it’s 30c+ or freeze up at 3000m at the peaks where it’s a whole lot colder! Easily removable layers and a set of handy waterproofs to throw over the top stashed somewhere handy are the order of the day.

• European Breakdown Cover is ESSENTIAL. We’ve used Breakdown Direct in the past for Single Trip cover and they’ve always been competitively priced with a good service.

• Other than that, open your panniers, throw in your pants, your passport and some spending money and you’re good to go!

 

When is it how much it will cost?

The SideTracked Alpine Adventure Tour is booking now for 2019 – contact us for dates and availability.

The price for our Alpine Adventure Tour is from £1249 per person. The price includes 7 nights accommodation in local hotels on a bed and breakfast basis. At least 2 evening meals are also included. The price is based on 2 riders sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available for a supplement – please contact us for details.

 

Where do we meet and how do I get there?

Our start and finish point is at a Hotel on the Western shore of Lake Annecy – full details will be provided on booking. This allows you to get there (and back) at your own pace – if you’re comfortable with a long blast down the péage it’s rideable from the UK in a day, or alternatively take your time and spend a couple of days riding the fantastic roads down through France. The choice is yours and a full GPS route will be provided upon booking

We know big motorway miles on the bike aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you don’t fancy the ride, our Start and Finish hotel offers parking for a van or trailer for the length of your tour – so just park and ride!

 

 

 

About the Tours

Our tours are put together 100% by myself and my team. We have never and would never lead a tour around the local Lanes without having done a full recce ride – the same applies, moreso if anything, to taking a group out into the mountains. We’ve spent long hours pouring over maps and satellite images, we’ve ridden the routes, we’ve swum in the lakes and we’ve stayed in the Hotels.

We only ride with a small group of a maximum of 6 riders, plus myself as Ride Leader and a Sweeper/Tail Gunner who sits at the back of the group to deal with any issues and make sure the group stays intact. There’s plenty of operators around who’ll take MUCH bigger groups, but by their nature, large groups are just not manageable off the road (they’re not even legal in some locations) and consequently the whole tour is affected. Less is most definitely more in this case.

 

What does an average day look like?

Depending on the stage of the tour and the individual riders, we aim to be loaded up and on the road between 0900 and 1000. We’ll ride for 2 or 3 hours then break for lunch. The afternoon will be another 2 or 3 hours riding. We’ll take plenty of opportunity to stop for photos and hydration breaks along the way. All being well, we’ll have you back to your accommodation around 6pm for a well-earned drink and plenty of time to wash off the dust of the day and get ready for dinner.

There’s at least 2 evening meals included in your Tour and, generally, on the nights when we’re not eating in the Hotel we’ll all wander into the town and the group will relax, eat together and re-live the tales of the day. By the end of the week you’ll have forged friendships and made memories that will last a lifetime.

 

What can I expect from the route?

When the journey is the destination the route is everything. We’ve nurtured this one, trimmed it and tweaked it over the years, added sections, dropped sections, found totally new sections by mistake and we’ve arrived at a point where we reckon our Alpine Adventure route is pretty near perfect. Let’s be clear, it’s not the Paris-Dakar of old which is just as well because even though we’re pretty handy on our bikes we don’t ride like Simon Pavey – although he has literally taught us more than a few things over the years!

This is a marathon, not a sprint. We run a relaxed pace on our Green Lane Tours and that carries over to the Alpine Adventure too. We know what it’s like to push it too hard on Day 1 and feel burnt out by the middle of the week. It’s easily done if you’re not used to your saddle being your office for the 9 to 5. Some days are bigger than others in terms of mileage, our Liaison stages if you like, but you won’t notice the mileage on these as we wind our way up and down some of the most famous bucket-list Cols (mountain passes) in the Alps. Even on these days we try and throw in a little riding on dirt/gravel roads to mix it up a little.

 

What about navigation?

As mentioned above, we’ll generally ride together as a group. However, we recognise that sometimes you may want to sprint ahead, take an extra long lunch or head back to base for an early bath. Once your booking is confirmed, as part of your Rider’s Pack we’ll provide you with a Garmin compatible GPS file of the entire trip. This will comprise the Route itself broken down day by day, and marked with overnight accommodations and any other relevant Waypoints along the way. We can also include a recommended route/ overnight stops for the ride down from the UK to our meeting point at Lake Annecy if required.

These are really easy to load up onto your device and, if required, we can provide you with Garmin compatible European mapping for the whole route. We use the Garmin Montana ourselves, but there’s a multitude of Garmin devices suitable to use dependent on your budget etc. We’d also always recommend carrying a marked-up paper map too just in case of Tech-failure or the Russians turning off the GPS System or something! We can arrange paper maps for you at the time of booking.

 

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