Switzerland Cycling – Summer Season 2020

Expert led Cycling Holidays and Training Camps in Switzerland

Based at the cycling friendly 4-star Everness Hotel in Chavannes-de-Bogis, just 20 minutes outside Geneva in the stunning ‘Romandie’ region of Switzerland. Our location provides easy access to a wide variety of routes on both sides of the Swiss / French border including iconic climbs, rolling vineyards and flatter lake rides featured in both the Tour of Romandie and Tour de France. Our qualified cycling coaches and experienced ride leaders know intimately this diverse and sometimes challenging terrain, including the best riding roads and country lanes in the region to make the most of your SunVelo swiss cycling experience.

One week of expert led group riding including accommodation, half board, airport transfers and / or car parking (if required) from only £995 per person*.

* Excluding Bike Rental

Switzerland Cycling – Summer Season 2020

Our 2020 summer season runs from 27th June to 22nd August.

Cycling in Switzerland with SunVelo provides the opportunity to ride in groups led by qualified cycling coaches and experienced group leaders. All SunVelo ride leaders have ‘official body’ ride leader certification and operate under the guidance of multiple Commonwealth Games cycling medallist, former pro road racer and Northern Irish national team manager Alastair Irvine.

SunVelo group rides are planned, organised and structured to make the most of your cycling experience, a week with SunVelo will add significant mileage and climbing meters to a new or existing training plan. Cycling in Switzerland provides the ideal summer cycling holiday or training camp destination.

Whether you come by yourself, with a friend or as a group, on a cycling holiday or to do some significant training miles, at SunVelo everyone is an equal part and contributor to their own mini team on the road.

Cycling in Switzerland with SunVelo can be challenging but it is also sociable and always fun!

Our Riding Groups & Routes

We pride ourselves on the extent of knowledge all members of the ride leading team have of the Swiss (and French) roads and country lanes. As well as iconic climbs featured in both the Tour of Romandie and Tour de France, we will take you off the beaten track on some of the best riding roads and country lanes that are seldom used (or even known) by most visitors to the region. Our rides are different each day and the variation available will enable you to ride with others at your level, we never leave anyone behind. We will guide you to which is the best group to join each day based on your objectives and riding experience.

Recovery is an important aspect of training. The SunVelo progressive weekly schedule includes a recovery day on Wednesday where riders can either rest or join a SunVelo led “light” group recovery ride of approximately 40km.

The scheduled change over day is Saturday where riders can choose a self-guided route, however you are welcome to arrive and depart any day you like; some find Wednesday a good day to travel at a time when mid-week flight prices are less expensive than weekends.

We offer different level riding groups each day as detailed below. You can choose your group each day and switch throughout the week to get the most out of your time with SunVelo.

NOTE – as the terrain in Switzerland can be challenging, we DO NOT offer a low intensity / touring group. As a minimum the ability to ride 80km and climb 1000m comfortably each day is advised, along with confidence and competence in the fundamental techniques of cornering, climbing, descending plus the effective and safe use of brakes and gears.

Sportive Group

  • Moderate paced (average 24kmph to 27kmph)
  • Distance 80km up to 110km per day (depending on terrain and coffee / lunch stop)
  • Climbing from 750m to 1500m per day
  • Minimum fitness requirement – ability to ride 2 hours without stopping in an organised group at a sporting pace

A regulated even paced riding group (average 24kmph to 27kmph) for those looking to build stamina for sportive events and endurance charity rides, typical ride distances 80km to 110km. Coordinated group riding that is structured to develop fitness and comfort over longer distances. Taking in some of the region’s most scenic climbs, mountains and rolling countryside, along with the opportunity to ride 2/3 of Lake Geneva.

Efficiency of cycling is fundamental and so each daily ride will be structured and co-ordinated to gain from the benefits of group riding and shared pace setting, learning the dynamics and protocols of group cycling technique. Skills will be developed to allow close proximity riding in a group with relaxation and comfort. The pace will be regulated and steady so as to develop core strength and permit recovery, each ride thus increasing core conditioning to give a solid foundation of fitness to allow objectives to be comfortably attained.

A social element is fundamental to this mainstream element of cycling and so routes will visit some of Switzerland (and France’s) most beautiful towns for coffee and lunch whilst also incorporating varied beautiful countryside and scenic climbs. The benefits gained in the SunVelo Sportive group will positively enhance all your future cycling and make objectives more attainable.

  • Sunday’s – Demi Tour du Lac Leman (including boat to / from Evian)
  • Monday’s – Vallee du Jura & Canton de Geneve
  • Tuesday’s – Canton du Vaud & St Cergue
  • Wednesday’s – Recovery Ride
  • Thursdays’ – Col de La Faucille & Col de la Givrine
  • Friday’s – La Cote
  • Saturday’s – Change Over Day / Self-Guided Ride

Performance Group

  • Fast paced (average 27kmph+)
  • Distance from 100km up to 180km per day (depending on terrain and coffee / lunch stop)
  • Climbing from 1000m up to 2500m per day
  • Minimum fitness requirement – ability to ride a full day at challenging pace as part of an organised team working for each other with potentially only 1 stop

Fast paced riding (average 27kmph++) developing disciplined and coordinated close group riding skills. Typically, 100km to 180km days using all the variable terrain types including ‘haute category’ mountain climbs and a full lap of Lake Geneva. A structured program that builds strength and speed.

The performance group is orientated toward those riders with sporting aspirations, it is facilitated to be progressive and disciplined developing core cycling fitness and training an already strong endurance base required to join the group. Core conditioning is the physical objective and the benefit of the regions roads ensures this core conditioning will be attained with a speed element that will raise the base riding speed of those within the group.

The group will be structured and co-ordinated to gain positive development from utilising group riding. Skill development using pace line formations, pace judgement and close formation bike handling will make these groups challenging and rewarding with emphasis on the protocol and dynamics of organised cycling.

Using the variety of Switzerland (and France’s) terrain and road network the progression of the group will introduce various challenges over the duration of your stay to ensure each day is varied and demanding.

If you are a racing cyclist, time trialist, triathlete or perhaps seeking high performances at sportive events, this is the group to consider, the group will be facilitated so as everyone is inclusive and contributing, this is about team riding where everyone has a role to play, the opportunity to be part of a co-ordinated team ride, how the professionals ride, the chance for a fantastic and challenging cycling experience.

  • Sunday’s – Tour du Lac Leman
  • Monday’s – Vallee du Jura & Canton de Geneve
  • Tuesday’s – Canton du Vaud & Col du Marchairuz
  • Wednesday’s – Recovery Ride
  • Thursdays’ – Col de La Faucille / Col de la Givrine / La Barillette
  • Friday’s – La Cote
  • Saturday’s – Change Over Day / Self-Guided Ride

Our Hotel & Location

SunVelo is based at the recently renovated 4 star Everness Hotel, Chavannes-de-Bogis with breathtaking views of Lake Geneva, the Jura and the Alps.

We are delighted to partner with the cycling friendly 4-star resort style Everness Hotel in Chavannes-de-Bogis, just 20 minutes outside of Geneva, with breathtaking views of the lake, the Alpes and immediate access to small country lanes, flat, rolling and hilly terrain including the Jura mountain range. The indoor and outdoor bar and restaurant is well stocked with fresh local produce including cheese, chocolate and wine, making it a great place to finish rides and socialise in the evenings. Half board accommodation includes a buffet breakfast and evening dinner that cater for all dietary requirements.

While many riders come for a week of group cycling arriving on Saturday and departing the following Saturday, we are pleased to offer the most flexible arrangements. Book for a minimum stay of 4 nights to as long as you like, arriving and departing any day. We believe in total pricing transparency there are no hidden costs or unexpected add-ons, daily guided group cycling is included with half board accommodation.

Hotel & Room Features

  • 4-star resort style hotel
  • 20 minutes outside of Geneva (easy access / short airport transfer)
  • Breathtaking views of Lake Geneva, the Alps and the Jura mountains
  • FREE airport transfers including bike boxes
  • Standard room (15sqm) suitable for SINGLE occupancy (1 person)
  • Superior room (22sqm) suitable for DOUBLE / TWIN occupancy (2 people)
  • Indoor and outdoor bar and restaurant
  • Half board includes buffet breakfast and evening dinner
  • Secure bike storage including tools and pumps
  • Fitness studio and health spa
  • FREE car parking (if required)
  • Short walk to commercial centre (shops / pharmacy / etc)

Room Rates 2020

Prices are per person per week* including half board, airport transfers and / or car parking (if required).

Standard Room (15sqm) per Person Superior Room (22sqm) per Person
SINGLE £1,225 N/A
DOUBLE (2 People) N/A £995
TWIN (2 People) N/A £995

* 1 week = 7 nights (Saturday to Saturday) / alternative arrival and departure days are available upon request

SunVelo Multi-Season Special 2020

Book for our Spring Season (Mallorca) + Summer Season (Switzerland) + Autumn Season (Mallorca) and receive a 10% discount*

* Discount is only valid if all 3 seasons are booked before December 31st 2019 for a minimum of 4 nights / Excluding Bike Rental

Contact Us

If you have any questions about SunVelo you can contact us on 01432 860609 or email us at enquiries@sunvelo.com

 

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