UCI Gran Fondo World Championship: Cycle Tour Package 4 – 3* Hotel Ibis Styles
Program Category: Cycling/Non-Cycling
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Dates: 08/23/2017 – 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: €995 Single Room, €865 Twin or Double Room or €715 Non-Competing participant (sharing twin/double room)
The Tour de France already arrived 12 times in Albi with Peter Sagan as most recent winner in 2013. But the major cycling event in 2017 will be the UCI Grand Fondo World Championship, whose previous editions were held in Aalborg Denmark in 2015 and in Perth Australia in 2016.
Over the next months you will need to focus on your training. This is the occasion to entrust Ronan Pensec Travel, official partner of the 2017 Gran Fondo UCI World Championship, with the organization of your stay.
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 Aix les Bains.
Toulouse Airport -> Albi: 84 km (52.19 miles) / 1 hour
Arrival in Toulouse and transfer to your 3* hotel in Albi
Indiv. TT or Reco part 1 of Sunday’s route and visit of Albi
Team Relay Race and Time off
Cycling Ride and/or Time off
Departure and transfer from hotel to Toulouse airport
Day 1: Wednesday August 23th
Group: Arrival at Toulouse airport and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: 3* Ibis Styles in Albi
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* Ibis Styles in Albi 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.
The Ibis Styles Albi Centre Le Theatro is ideally located just a stone’s throw from the historic city center as well as from the Toulouse Lautrec Museum. Rooms are equipped with air-condition, a private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower as well as free Wi-Fi.
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: Thursday August 24th
Group: Reconnaissance part 1 of Sunday’s route / Visit of Albi
Hotel: 3* Ibis Styles
Today marks the first day of the championship. The event will start with the Individual Time Trial.
We will offer two alternatives for today’s program:
Option 1 for those taking part in the ITT: After 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 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.
Option 2 for those not taking part in the ITT: 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 an afternoon off.
For those interested in it, we will arrange massages at the hotel.
For this afternoon’s activity, you will have 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, 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 3: Friday, August 25th
Group: Team Relay Race / time off
Hotel: 3* Ibis Styles
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.
A second group will go on a reconnaissance ride of the second half of Sunday’s race. We will leave the hotel by bus to reach a given point on the race’s route, from where the ride will start.
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.
Today, 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.
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).
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 4: Saturday, August 26th
Group: Short cycling ride or time off, time off
Hotel: 3* Ibis Styles 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’s restaurant.
Day 5: Sunday, August 27th
Hotel: 3* Ibis Styles 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 6: Monday, August 28th
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.
The price includes:
- Accommodation for 5 nights in a 3 star hotel: double/twin rooms with private bathroom including WC, a tub and/or shower
- 5 breakfasts and 3 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 backpack with cycling jersey and travel t-shirt
- Local Taxes
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The price does not include:
- Cancellation, theft of material and luggage insurances
- Dinners on day 2, 4 and 5
- Personal expenses, aperitifs
- Massages (upon request)
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