L’Etape du Tour in 2014.

For cyclists who want to crank more than coast, two American tour operators are offering cycling trips highlighting the Alpine L’€™Étape du Tour (French for “€œstage of the Tour”€).

The annual cycling event allows amateur riders the chance to tackle an entire stage of the Tour de France while the official riders take a rest day during the tour. Some 13,000 cyclists from around the world participate in the event, which sells out months in advance.

This year’€™s ride is on July 19, starting in St.-Jean-de-Maurienne and ending in La Toussuire, an 88-mile route that climbs over four mountain passes, with an altitude gain of 15,000 feet. Individual spots are filled, but spaces are still available through lodging packages and sanctioned tour operators.

In the luxury category, Trek Travel is offering five-day ($4,199 double occupancy) and seven-day ($4,699 double occupancy) Étape du Tour trips, which includes bike rental.

Guests will stay at the four-star Hotel Beauregard in the village of La Clusaz throughout their visit. Optional rides of between 22 and 55 miles daily are offered, with ascents up to 6,900 feet through the French Alps.
On this and all other Trek Travel trips starting this year, riders, for an extra $300, may rent the super-light (14.5- pound) Trek Émonda SLR Bike with electronic shifting gears.

In the more moderate category, the tour operator 19 is offering a variety of three-night trips from three-star to luxury accommodations. Double rates range from $1,295 to $2,395, with lower rates available for non-cycling spouses. Bicycle rental is not included.

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