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GAILLARD, FRANCE, January 08, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In 2012,French Alps cycling tour operator Cyclomundo will offer new guided and self-guided trips for veteran cyclists and amateurs alike. Those new trips include an addition to the company's famous "Challenging Alps" tour, which has a place on the life list of adventure cyclists worldwide.
As the only cycling tour operator based in the area, Cyclomundo is fast becoming the most respected name in French Alps cycling. Founded, owned and operated by native French cyclist Bruno Toutain, Cyclomundo provides novices and veteran cyclists alike intimate and memorable experiences along some of the best cycling routes in the world.
A world-class challenge made better
Cyclomundo has introduced a new tour this year in one of the most challenging and beautiful rides in European cycling. The company now offers self-guided tours from the legendary resort community of Alpe d'Huez to the city of Nice. This route can be combined with the company's existing six-day tour to Alpe d'Huez from Geneva, which was featured as an Outside Magazine Trip of the Year in 2011.
By combining these tours, cyclists can travel the entire "Route des Grandes Alpes," a challenging ride that includes climbs up world-famous cols like Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies, Madeleine, Telegraphe, Galibier,and Alpe d'Huez.
A softer, gentler ride
For groups or individuals new to cycling or active travel, Cyclomundo now offers one of the only leisure cycling tours in the Alps. Also based out of Geneva, the company's six-day Three-Lake Tour features the gentler side of French Alps cycling. Over the course of six days and five nights, the tour winds around Lake Geneva, Lake Bourget, and Lake Annecy. Much of the route follows the paths of the Rhone and Isere, so travelers will experience the historic villages and riparian ecosystems that surround these famous rivers.
The Cyclomundo philosophy
While Cyclomundo offers guided trips in France, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy, the company focuses on providing self-guided experiences. Before leaving, travelers are provided by Cyclomundo staff with detailed maps and itineraries, which outline not only the route but the best restaurants, shops, and historical sites along the way. There is no guide setting the pace on these trips, but travelers are never on their own. Cyclomundo staff act as an invisible partner of their clients' trips; they book hotel reservations, transport luggage, and are always available to help travelers who are lost or no longer willing to ride.
Cyclomundo is a one-of-a-kind travel company offering a diverse array of cycling vacations: guided and self-guided, pre-arranged or customized, leisurely or challenging... even some based around gran fondo events like the Etape du Tour or the Marmotte. Our tours are perfect for independent riders, families, friends, and groups of varying levels - you can choose elements "a la carte" for your trip in all regions of France as well as some regions in Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. Based in France, Cyclomundo was born out of our founder's life-long love of cycling. Our philosophy is to use local experts who passionately share their heritage with guests and to adhere to the concept of sustainable development. Cyclomundo's goal is for clients to experience the cultural, regional, historical and gastronomical heritage of their chosen destination and, of course, to have great, healthy fun on their bicycling adventure!
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