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The awesome Alps await with Buzz Performance

BikesEtc
2 Aug 2017

How Buzz can help you discover those mountains with almost mythical appeal for every cyclist

This feature was produced in association with Buzz Performance

Of all the landscapes on earth, none is more iconic for cycling fans than the mighty Alps.

First drafted into the ninth edition of the Tour de France back in 1911, they have since become synonymous with The World’s Greatest Bicycle Race, providing the backdrop to some of the most heroic moments and titanic battles in the sport’s history.

Just hearing names like Col du Galibier, Col du Télégraphe and Alpe d’Huez is enough to conjure up images of legendary efforts.

But it’s not just the pros who come to test themselves against this famous mountain range.

Enthusiastic amateurs also flock here from all over the world – an endeavour that’s ideally undertaken with the help of expert guidance.

Buzz Performance is one company that can certainly provide plenty of that should you decide to have a crack at them yourself.

Based in Morzine high in the northern French Alps, Buzz specialises in providing not just guided tours of this beautiful region but plenty of insight from experienced coaches on how to improve your fitness and cycling technique while doing it.

Not that you should expect to face some kind of bicycle boot camp. The cycling schedules are carefully structured to suit your level of ability, and you’ll be allowed plenty of time to soak up the magical scenery, as well as stop for coffee and photo opportunities.

Alternatively you can book yourself onto either Buzz’s Tour de France Holiday (held every year in July) or its Alpine Tour (a week long event that takes place annually at the end of August).

The former includes stages of that year’s race while the latter leans on the company’s local knowledge to show you dazzling but obscure parts of the Alps that few are lucky enough to witness.

There’s also Buzz’s Bikes and Brews holiday which mixes some stunning riding with brewery visits and the opportunity to sample some excellent Alpine ales.

When you’re off the bike you’ll be staying in luxury chalet accommodation where healthy nutritious breakfasts and evening meals, as well as afternoon tea and coffee, are all included as part of the package.

You’ll also have access to laundry facilities as well as mats and foam rollers for post-ride stretching.

Physio sessions, sports massages and bike fits can also be arranged if required.

And should you want to leave your bike at home, Buzz’s relationship with a local hire company means you’ll receive a 20% discount should you go the rental route.

Prices start at €595 (£520) , and although they don’t include flights or transfers – Buzz can arrange for the latter on request.

The nearest airport is Geneva which you can get a return flight to for around £120.

Go to buzzperfomance.com for more details and to see what other services and holidays Buzz provides (hint: fitness nuts and triathletes won’t be disappointed!)

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