UCI 2018 Gran Fondo World Championship

Come and join us at the world championships!

UCI Gran Fondo World Championship: Cycle Tour Package 2 – 3* Hotel Chiffre

Program Category: Cycling/Non-Cycling
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Dates: 08/21/2017 – 08/28/2017
Program Highlights: 3* hotel ideally located in Albi, multilingual (French, English, Spanish) experienced support staff, rental bikes available, unforgettable memories…

Start & Finish: Toulouse Airport – Toulouse Airport
Tour de France Viewings: Not Applicable
Rates: €1455 Single Room, €1165 Twin or Double Room or €1140 Non-Competing participant (sharing twin/double room)

Gran Fondo UCI World Championships 2017: The Albigensian are happy and proud to welcome on their territory the Cycling Masters World Championship 2017, whose previous editions were held in Aalborg Denmark in 2015 and in Perth Australia in 2016.

Ronan Pensec Travel is proud to be an official partner of the 2017 Gran Fondo UCI World Championship.

Join our program!

The highlights of the package

  • Stay in a 3* hotel right in the heart of Albi
  • Accommodation on half board
  • Transfers from / to airport
  • Enjoy sightseeing excursions
  • Experienced and dedicated support staff and mechanic

Please arrange your flights into the following airport: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/en)

Flights are going to be in very high demand and there will be limited space for bikes on each flight. Please make sure to book your bike onto the flight and to book early in order to secure your seat and get the best fares.

Our guide will meet you at the airport and a coach will take you to your first hotel in Albi.

Toulouse Airport -> Albi: 84 km (52.19 miles) / 1 hour

Trip Summary

Day 1:
Arrival in Toulouse and transfer to your 3star hotel in Albi

Day 2:
Reconnaissance part 1 of Sunday’s route and visit of Albi

Day 3:
Reconnaissance part 2 of Sunday’s route and visit of Cordes sur Ciel

Day 4: 
Individual Time Trial and Time off

Day 5:
Team Relay Race and Time off

Day 6:
Cycling Ride and/or Time off

Day 7: 
Race

Day 8: 
Departure and transfer from hotel to Toulouse airport

Day 1: Monday August 21th

Group: Arrival at Toulouse airport and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Chiffre in Albi for 7 nights

Bienvenue en France!

Our guide will meet you at Toulouse Airport around 11:00am and a private coach will then take you to your hotel: 3* Hôtel Chiffre in Albi.

Albi is a town in southern France. In 2010, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee recognized the significant cultural importance of the Episcopal City of Albi by including it on the prestigious World Heritage List as a cultural heritage site. More than 800 000 tourists visit the city every year.

A unique city of medieval brick unique because of its colors, its history, and its situation.

The Episcopal City is centered round two immense medieval buildings: The Saint-Cecile Cathedral, the largest brick-built cathedral in the world, and the Berbie Palace, the former fortified residence of the Albi bishops, and now the home of the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum with the largest public collection of the artist’s work.

Your Hotel:

The Hôtel Chiffre welcomes you in the heart of the city of Albi, which stretches its past over more than twenty centuries of history.
This former coaching inn, known for its calm, is an ancestral home that has never stopped improving comfort while staying true to its traditions.

Once you have checked in, our staff members will help you adjust your bikes before going for a short test ride on the circuit of the Time Trial (22.5 km, 14 miles). In the evening, we will gather over a welcoming cocktail, before enjoying our first meal. This will be the occasion for everyone to get to know each other and for our staff to present to you the program that is expecting you in the coming days.

Day 2: Tuesday, August 22nd

Group: Reconnaissance part 1 of Sunday’s route / Visit of Albi
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Chiffre in Albi

Today will start with breakfast before our first training session.

We will leave the hotel by bike and scout the first half of Sunday’s route. We will ride approximately 75 km (46, 6 miles).

This outing should last until noon. It will then be time to regain strengths during lunch. You will be free to lunch at your convenience before meeting the group again in time for a visit of Albi.

For this afternoon’s activity, we will offer you several options:

Visit of the historical centre of the old town is divided into six districts; in the course of your visit you will discover the heritage, the history and the unique character of each area: important monuments, half-timbered houses, mansions from the Renaissance, inner courtyards, picturesque streets….

Visit of the Sainte Cécile Cathedral: The construction began in the 13th century and took two hundred years to complete. It is the biggest brick cathedral in the world:
113 meters long and 35 meters wide!

Visit of the La Berbie palace: The Berbie Palace, where the bishops of Albi resided, was built during the 13th century – before the construction of the Popes’ Palace in Avignon. It is one of the oldest fortified palaces in France and one of the best preserved. It is now providing an exceptional home for the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum.

Visit of the Toulouse Lautrec Museum: More than 1 000 works, including his famous posters, are housed in this impressive “palace” museum. A visit to the Museum allows you to discover the evolution of this “atypical” artist with a chronological exhibition of his works.

Visit of the Lapérouse Museum: Jean-François de Galaup de Lapérouse, France’s “Captain Cook”, was born in Albi in 1741 at the Manoir du Gô. An acclaimed naval commander who took part in sea battles in the American War of Independence against the British, he was later entrusted by Louis XVI to lead an ambitious round-the world expedition.

In the evening, you will be free to explore on your own the culinary diversity that the town has to offer and to choose the restaurant of your choice.

Day 3: Wednesday, August 23rd

Group: Reconnaissance part 2 of Sunday’s race / Visit of Cordes sur Ciel
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Chiffre in Albi

As we did yesterday, we will use this morning to finish the reconnaissance of Sunday’s route.
We will leave the hotel by bus to reach a given point on the race’s route.

After the ride, our bus will take us back to the hotel. You will have the time to either lunch at the hotel or in the town before we meet again in time for our afternoon activity.

This afternoon, we will take you to the close by village of Cordes sur Ciel. Located only 24 km (14,9 miles) from Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel is a fortified town that was built in 1222 by Raimon VII, the Count of Toulouse, who, though not a Cathar, tolerated what other Catholics considered a heresy.

Since the late 20th century, the village has become a popular tourist destination. Until 1993, the town’s name was Cordes, a word thought to come from the Indo-European root “corte” meaning “rocky heights.” That year, it was renamed Cordes-sur-Ciel, to indicate its height above the clouds over low-lying areas of the valley.

Day 4: Thursday, August 24th

Group: Individual Time Trial / Time off
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Chiffre in Albi

Today marks the first day of the championship! The event will start with the Individual Time Trial (22.4 km – 13.4 miles).

After an early breakfast, we will head by bike to the Albi Motor Racing Circuit, where the start will be given. Our staff members will be on hand to assist you and help you prepare yourself for the race and assist you throughout the day.

The award ceremony with the presentation of the World’s Champions Jerseys and medals will take place in the late afternoon.

For those interested in it, we will arrange massages at the hotel.

If you are not taking part in today’ s race, you will have the day off, to either stroll through Albi, visit one of the many attractions of the town or simply take it easy at the hotel.

In the evening, riders and non-riders will be invited to visit the Greed Festival on the Cathedral Sainte Cecile Esplanade where local products and wines will be showed off. Dinner will be at your convenience.

Around 9:00pm the opening ceremony will start with speeches from the officials, the country presentation and a parade before the firework that will close the first day of the championship.

Day 5: Friday, August 25th

Group: Team Relay Race / Time off
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Chiffre in Albi

The team relay race will take place today in the late afternoon (5:00-7:00pm).

For those taking part in the relay race, we’ll take advantage of the day to do final adjustments and prepare ourselves to the best. The start and finish will take place at the Sainte Cécile Cathedral Esplanade and will take the riders around the city center. As yesterday, our staff will be available to assist you and cheer you on.

In the evening, participants will be invited at the VIP dinner that will be held at the Expos Park. (Registrations requested at time of registration to the race).

For those not taking part in the team relay race, you will have some time off in the morning before we invite you on a sightseeing tour of the nearby region.

This afternoon, we will take you to the oldest vineyard in France: the Vignoble Gaillac. The wine enthusiasts will love the age-long history of the wine, going back to the Gallo-Roman times. Although very large (the vineyard spreads over more than 70 Tarn villages and 9000 ha), the quality and trademark of the Gaillac wine are achieved through meticulous and specific winemaking methods, the result of age-long traditions. For the amateurs, wine tasting will be offered.

Later that evening, the town of Albi will present cultural scenes/animations in the center. Anyone feeling like watching the show will be welcome.
Massages will be available today upon request and dinner will be at your convenience for those not taking part in the VIP dinner.

Day 6: Saturday, August 26th

Group: Short cycling ride or time off, time off
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Chiffre in Albi

Today will be our last chance to go on a last short reconnaissance ride before tomorrow’s race. We will leave the hotel by bike with our staff. Our mechanic will be available to make the final adjustments.

If you prefer, you will also be free to either relax at the hotel or take some time off from the group and visit the area on your own.

The entire group will be free to have lunch at its convenience.

For those interested in it, we will arrange massages at the hotel and in the evening, the dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 7: Sunday, August 27th

Group: Race
Hotel: 3* Hôtel Chiffre in Albi

Today is the D-day!

After an early breakfast, we will head by bus to the start of today’s race. You will be part of the privileged ones who will be able to ride to the start.

During the race, we will have our private feeding station with energy drinks, bars, fruits, etc…

Before the start, our staff will be on hand to help you with your preparation, your bike or anything else you may need. And they will assist you the entire day.

After the last rider has crossed the finish line, we will board the coach to head back to the hotel.

Upon arriving at the hotel, you will be free to relax or to pamper yourself with a massage (upon request) before getting ready for a celebration evening.

Day 8: Monday, August 28th

Group: Departure and transfer to Toulouse Airport

This last morning, you will enjoy breakfast with a multitude of images in your mind.

Soon, it will be time to say goodbye. Your guides will be available to help you, should you have any question or request, and to wish you a nice trip back home. Alternatively, if you’d like to extend your stay, we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

Thank you for choosing Ronan Pensec Travel! We wish you a pleasant and safe journey home.

8 days / 7 nights

Half board / 3* Hôtel Chiffre Albi package
Room sharing in twin or double

€1165
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8 days / 7 nights

Half board / 3* Hôtel Chiffre Albi package
Single Room

€1455
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8 days / 7 nights

Half board / 3* Hôtel Chiffre Albi package
Non competing participant sharing twin / double room

€1040
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The price includes:

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in a 3 star hotel: double/twin rooms with private bathroom including WC, a tub and/or shower
  • 7 breakfast and 4 dinners (drinks: wine and water included for each dinner)
  • 1 English-speaking and certified support riders who will accompany the group during the whole trip
  • 1 support vehicle with 1 RPT professionally trained mechanic and 1 coach driver
  • Accident and repatriation insurance
  • Transfers during touristic outings in luxury private coach
  • Ronan Pensec Travel road book with detailed maps and daily stage routes
  • Ronan Pensec Travel backpack with cycling jersey and travel t-shirt
  • Local Taxes

Please note:

  • Deposit to secure this tour: 35 % of the total amount.
  • Outstanding balance due between May 1st and May 15th 2017.
  • For payment by installments, contact us at info@ronanpensectravel.com

The price does not include:

  • Airfare.
  • Cancellation, theft of material and luggage insurances
  • Lunches
  • Dinners on day 2, 4 and 5
  • Personal expenses, aperitifs
  • Massages (upon request)

NOTE: Ronan Pensec Travel reserves the right to withdraw or modify tours, itineraries, programs, sports activities or facilities at anytime without notice and without liability. In the event of force majeure, including but not limited to strikes, lockouts, riots, weather conditions, technical difficulties or for any other reason whatsoever, Ronan Pensec Travel and the operators may at anytime and without prior notice, cancel, advance, postpone or deviate from any vacation package and shall not be obliged for any loss whatsoever to any member by reason of such cancellation, advancement, postponement, deviation or substitution.