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Join us in 2022 : twowheeltours will be attending

 

The Tour de Suisse Challenge

we will offer a comprehensive package

in combination with this eight day event 

 


 

Some of the extras twowheeltours provides for the best possible experience:

 

Airport Transfers, Accommodation

Massage, Mechanic

Bike Servicing, Half Board

Cars & Bags on Course & Ride Nutrition

 

 


 

Refunds or Transfers are given for any cancellations due to COVID-19.

Once you book for any tour, an invoice will be sent to you outlining dates and further information.

 


 

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2022 Event

11 Day Fully Catered Tour

Starting and Concluding in TBC:

Friday 10 June > Monday 20 June 2022

 

Eight Day Tour de Suisse Challenge:

Sunday 12 June > Sunday 19 June 2022

 

Highlights for the riders

  • Live like a Professional Cyclist

  • Ride the same stages on the same day as the Pros and stay in the same accommodation

  • Opportunity to ride ten days
  • Start numbers are very limited to ensure continued safety and to preserve the exclusivity of the experience

  • 20 > 160k days on offer 
  • All rides with a guide and support vehicle + photographer
  • During the event there will be support vehicles on course
  • Amazing food

 

Included on tour

  • Transfers to and from TBC Airports
  • 10 nights and 11 days on tour
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners 
  • Tour de Suisse Challenge Entry
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation 
  • Dedicated mechanic and guides
  • Support vehicle includes tools, pumps, cooler with drinks plus fruit and snacks

 
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The Tour de Suisse : aka Tour of Switzerland, is an annual UCI World Tour cycling stage race. It is considered a proving ground for the Tour de France, which is held  two weeks after the end of the Tour de Suisse. Since 2011, the event has proven to challenge professional riders and now there is the chance to challenge yourself in the amateur event.

  

Our riders will need to be good physical shape. Each day our riders will leave before the pros and ride the exact same course. All amateur riders must be at the finish line before the pros arrive. 

 

In 2022 the Tour de Suisse Challenge will start in TBC and wind its way to finish in TBC. Both the pro and our amateur riders can expect mountains, hills, flat stages and also classic villages during the eight day event. 

  

twowheeltours will start and conclude the tour in the city of TBC . While there we will do a few rides including one ride out in the hills of TBC. 

 

Why Tour de Suisse Challenge & More about the Tour:

 

  • The tour will start and finish in TBC
  • Entry into the eight day Tour de Suisse Challenge amateur event
  • twowheeltours will offer an Eleven Day Tour in combination with the event 
  • Car and staff on course 
  • Private masseur and mechanic
  • Bag logistics 

  

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Tour de Suisse Challenge Details 2022

 

2022 Itinerary 

Day 1 - Riders arrive and collected from TBC Airport, Train Station or Hotels and transfer TBC. Afternoon ride ~30-40km


Day 2 - Morning ride ~70km 

 

Day 3 - Registration and Stage One of Tour de Suisse Challenge 

 

Day 4 - Stage Two of Tour de Suisse Challenge

TBCkm with TBCm ascent

 

Day 5 - Stage Three of Tour de Suisse Challenge

TBCkm with TBCm ascent

 

Day 6 - Stage Four of Tour de Suisse Challenge

TBCkm with TBCm ascent

 

Day 7 - Stage Five of Tour de Suisse Challenge

TBCkm with TBCm ascent

 

Day 8 - Stage Six of Tour de Suisse Challenge

TBCkm with TBCm ascent

 

Day 9 - Stage Seven of Tour de Suisse Challenge

TBCkm with TBCm ascent

 

Day 10 - Stage Eight of Tour de Suisse Challenge

TBCkm with TBCm ascent

 

Day 11 - Tour concludes and riders depart from TBC

 

For the Full Itineray - please email us

 

11 Day Package and Price for Tour de Suisse Challenge

 

Price

€4,950 single supplement

Includes Tour de Suisse Challenge Entry

€2,200 to confirm your place

Final payment due 10 March 

  

twowheeltours covers all your land based expenses including transfers, accommodation and all meals. We will have our own mechanic and support to ensure you have the best possible experience during the tour.

 

If you have any more questions, please email info@twowheeltours.com.au

 

 

Tour de Suisse Challenge Accommodation

 

Riders will still stay in fantastic hotels along the way. 

 

This information will be released once the Tour de Suisse Route has been announced

 

Tour de Suisse Challenge FAQ

 

What staffing does twowheeltours provide?

We take pride in making sure all our riders need to do is focus on their holiday and during the TdSC event. There will be ride guides, mechanics, bag logistic manager and tour managers who rides the course with our riders. 

 

Should I book today?

We have ONLY 10 spots and they will be allocated on a first come basis.

  

Why do the event?

This is a unique opportunity to ride the same course as the 2022 Tour de Swiss professionals, giving you the same experience and insights into the life of a pro cyclist. We will use the same vehicles as in the pro race, stay in the same hotels and have our own staff to support you. 

 

We have partnered with the organisers of the Tour de Suisse to offer you this opportunity. There will only be 35 riders in the total group and we have 10 places allocated for our twowheeltours clients.

 

The Tour de Suisse is one of the best 'warm-up' events before the Tour de France. Top named pro riders will be at the event and you will be riding the same course on the same days as the pros. 

 

Describe the Tour de Suisse Challenge

On the road, participants complete the individual stages in groups of a maximum of 10 riders of similar fitness levels – each group guided by a road coach. During the TdSC you will ride ~1’000km with ~15’000 metres of altitude gain. The road coaches are former professional cyclists or experienced cycling guides and will be available to their group members for advice and support during the entire challenge. Selected restaurants will provide catering along the route.

 

Note, the stages will be ridden in open traffic and will not be held as races. A shared experience rather than the idea of competition should be the focus.

 

After the stage there is a role reversal from rider to spectator and we will watch the professionals arrive at the Stage finish line. 

 

What will your Tour de Suisse day will look like?

  • Wake up between 0700 and 0730 
  • Breakfast between 0700 and 0830. All breakfasts are included
  • Leave your bags at the reception, staff will transport the bags to our next hotel 
  • Drop your musette(s) at reception, you will see those bags again on course/at the stage finish, they will be with the ON COURSE vehicles. In those bags you can put nutrition, extra clothing and/or leave clothing at the rest stops. For you finish bag you can pack comfortable shoes, t-shirt or wind vest and any other clothes
  • Stages start at 0830
  • You will see our ON COURSE vehicles during each stage for assistance. It varies as to which rest stop they are for each stage, due to weather and the distance of the stage. At the end of each stage you will find a staff member to welcome you. You can get a cold drink, offer you something to eat, pass along your musette and give you directions to lunch and the location of the hotel 
  • Stage finish between 1130 and 1700 
  • Watch and welcome in the pro riders
  • Massages are available at the hotel* 
  • Briefing for riders is held at our hotel
  • Dinner 

 

Extras you will receive

  • Accommodation in three to four-star hotel incl. half board (single supplement)
  • Luggage transport between the stage locations
  • Comfortable transfer between hotels and start/finish areas (incl. bike transport)
  • Professional road coaches as group leaders
  • Catering during and after stages
  • Escort vehicles with food and spare material
  • Service team in case of defects / replacement bikes
  • Bike wash in bad weather conditions
  • The NEW TdS Challenge jersey in four variations
  • Mid week laundry service
  • Starter bag with valuable goodies from the partners
  • Signed jersey by the Tour de Suisse Winner 2022

  

Is there a minimum speed average?

During the TdSC you will ride ~1’000km with ~15’000 metres of altitude gain. Riders need to arrive into the finish before the course is closed for the pros. 

  

What is the weather like:

Avg Temps : for the time we are in Zurich 13 > 23C // Andermatt  8 > 14C // Zug 14 > 24C

  

Is it a ride or a race?

No, participants complete the individual stages in groups of a maximum of 10 riders of similar fitness levels – each group guided by a road coach. 

 

9 days of riding is a long time, especially when in the Swiss mountains. There is nothing worse than going hard on Stage 1 and cooking yourself for the rest of the week. 

 

Can I have a rest day?

Yes, no worries. Any day which you wish to take off the bike is possible. We want you to have a holiday and there is no pressure from us.

 

I think I need a training program?

Each rider is different. A training program certainly helps, especially when talking to a coach who has a wealth of experience and who has completed many cyclo-sportives.

 

We like to encourage riders that the fitter they are, the more fun they will have. 

 

We have a range of coaches who we highly recommend. For further details on training programs, costs etc - CLICK HERE

   

You're an Australian tour company, do you have riders on your tours who are not from Australia?

We have clients on our tours from all over the world, Russia, Australia, NZ, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic and Spain. Each year many of our riders return to do tours with twowheeltours, which is a great honour. 

 

Rooming

All prices listed are single supplement.

 

Wifi - Internet Access

Our hotels all have internet, the majority have it in rooms but once in a while you may need to access it from the lobby. We have never had problems getting on line with multiple devices for the one person - so using your mobile, laptop etc is okay.

 

What about transporting my bike to the event?

Packing your bike with care and in a specific case. This is the safest way to get your bike to the start of the event in one piece. LINK

 

I have never boxed my bike before, how do I pack my bike? 

Drop into your favourite Local Bike Store (LBS) and ask them to assist you. You could ask them to do it first then build it up, then you have a go - all for a price. Or you can become a profession via youtube - LINK.

 

Which bike box should I use?

How long is a piece of string, there are SO many out on the market it is amazing, each year there seems to be something new and improved. We have used the EVOC Bike Travel Bag for the last 4 years - they have now updated to the PRO. We have used the EVOC Travel Bag countless of times for our MTB and road tours. It has NEVER had any issues, NEVER had my bike damaged and we really like it. I also have two ‘bits’ to make life a bit easier - CHAIN COVER & ROAD BIKE ADAPTOR. It may take a little longer to use this bike but once you have done with travel the bag compacts down. When boxing the bike, we would highly recommend removing the derailleur from the derailleur-tip but that takes a few extra seconds - youtube clip - this is a clip is by 'Computer' a Sydney mechanic, excuse his hair and finger nails, he really is a good guy! Other options are : Polaris do some very good models or Scicon Bags or there is the Helium one which gets great reviews OR go to your LBS and get a cardboard box.

 

Where can I build my bike?

We will have a designated area at the start and finish of the tour which can be used to build your bike. Our mechanic will be there to assist. With a rather substantial amount of cyclists on our tour we highly recommend and encourage that you the cyclist be able build and break down your bike.

 

Help will be there if necessary

To assist you in building your bike there will be a Toolcase which includes all the major tools. There is also a bike stand, track pumps, torque wrench, grease, chain lube, rags, plastic gloves and hand wipes.

 

Have you ever had troubles transporting your bike on airlines?

In many years of traveling with a bike, there has never been any issues with boxing and flying with our bikes. Note, some airlines do charge for excess baggage while others do not. We do not know the policy on each carrier but we know that United, American Airlines and Lufthansa charge for bike boxes whereas Virgin Atlantic does not so long as it is under 23kg / 50 lbs & 62” / 158cm total linear cm. Qatar / Qantas allow you to bring your bike as long as it is within your 30kg limit. Please make sure you weigh your bike before you get to the airport and it is also highly recommended that you check prices and the fine print for excess luggage (ie bike bags / sporting equipment) with whoever you are flying with. Please do this before you get to the airport.

 

Tools and other equipment

twowheeltours will have a full tool kit for your use on the tour as per listed above including track pumps - also our mechanic is there is assist with any other needs.

 

What should I bring?

It is highly recommended that riders bring tubes, mini tool, brake pads (especially for those using disc brakes!) levers etc which you would normally take on a long ride - recommended packing list.

 

During the event, there are roaming mechanics and they will be able to assist where needed. It is also recommend that riders bring specific spokes and derailleur tip/hanger - you will be reminded of this during the booking phase. There will be cables, chains and tires, if it gets to that point, available at stage finishes. 

 

What wheels should I bring?

Please leave tubular tires at home. 

 

For those bringing disc brakes, please make sure that you bring at least 2 sets, 4 pads in total, of brand new brake pads. 

 

Bike servicing and washing

All riders, pre tour, should have their bikes FULLY serviced including, bottom bracket wear/tear, rims checked, new tires, inner tubes, brakes and cables. At each village our mechanic is there to help. If you so wish, you will be able to use our tools for any of your needs. There is NO charge for our mechanical work.

 

Bike washing

Bikes do not need to be washed each day - they will be wiped down. 

 

Gearing

It is highly recommended to have a compact crank. Some riders prefer standard cranks, it is up to the rider. About what to run in the rear, ask yourself this question, do you spend much of your time riding in the granny around home? The earlier stages are the toughest, so if you like 'spinning' bring a compact. The majority of our clients have a compact at the front and 11-30 on the rear with some preferring a 32. 

 

Insurance + cycling licence

You MUST organise your own travel insurance. You MUST make sure all aspects, medical, flights etc. are covered.

   

Swimming in Europe 

The majority of swimming pools in Europe have a rule that swimming shorts are banned with 'speedos' being required. They state this because of health and hygene reasons. Please make sure you pack your speedos so that you can enjoy a swim after your hard earned ride.

 

Do I need a Cycling Licence?

No.

  

Diet - Food on Trip

Travelling away from home is always an adventure. The food in Europe is not the same as 'home'. The food in Portugal is amazing and it is one of the highlights of the tour. 

 

As this is a Fully Catered tour we supply you with all meals. The race organisers supply you daily with lunch and dinner during the event. 

 

If you have eating requirements/needs please let us know when you book in the comments section and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

 

If you are a vegetarian please note that being in Europe it is very difficult to get enough protein and we highly recommend that you bring your own supplements. We have had some clients who have mentioned that getting enough protein was much harder than they had imagined.

  

Sports Nutrition

Everyone has their favourites nutrition companies. Please bring along what you are happy with. Below we list what you will find at rest stops. If you are hoping to purchase supplements along the way please remember that most host villages are VERY remote and most likely will not have what you want. 

 

Want more information about Specific Sports Nutrition for the RAP - Chloe McLeod is a Sports Dietitian who we used to help guide our clients to smarter eating for such events - more information click here

   

Bringing my own nutrition, any issues with quarantine?

In regards to bringing your own powders and large tubs of powders, we have had clients bring their own from home and they have never had an issue. Most put powder into a zip lock bag, leaving the big tub at home. We would not recommend for you to bring copious amounts of gels/powders etc as there may be an issue. If travel/transit/arrival forms require, please declare what you have in your bag. Lastly, please pack it in your checked luggage. 

 

Medical assistance during the event

Riders’ safety is the N°1 priority of the organisers. There will be medical support available.

  

How safe is the Tour de Suisse Challenge?

The route is not closed to vehicles and ultimately YOU are responsible for your own safety whilst on your bike. 

 

All riders must respect the traffic laws:

 

  • To cycle on the right hand side of the road, at ALL times
  • To respect the road signs put in place by the organisation
  • To respect traffic lights
  • To respect other road users who are not involved in the event
  • To wear your helmet at all times

    

Clothing and washing

It is recommended that riders bring at least 3 sets of cycling clothing, you will be GIVEN four jerseys from the Tour de Suisse Challenge organisers. There is a wash day during the tour.

 

Other info on what to bring can be found here. Unfortunately we cannot wash all your day to day clothes. 

 

Is there gear that I HAVE to wear?

You will be GIVEN four jerseys from the Tour de Suisse Challenge organisers and they encourage you to wear it. BYO knicks, bib-shorts.

 

Clothing

For the official dinners and functions - there is no dress code. Even at our welcome dinner and farewell dinner there is no specific dress code, jeans, t-shirt and sneakers are more than suitable. There is only so much you can pack.


I've booked my ticket via two
wheeltours, what next?

Your main focus once you have booked with us is training and booking your flights. You will be required to complete some twowheeltours paper work which you will be emailed closer to the start of the event.

  

Paper work

We require you to sign a waiver from twowheeltours.

 

Location of Hotels

How close is the accommodation to the start/finish? Our riders stay at the same hotels as the pros. If there is a transfer required this will be done in a comfortable manner (incl. bike transport)

 

Payment

Upon booking a deposit is required, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice.

 

How do I make the remaining payments?

Via direct deposit, all details of payments will be outlined on your invoice. 

 

Payment can be made by Square Up - Amex, MasterCard or Visa* - there are transfer fees associated with Credit Card payments. Please contact us so that we can send you an invoice from Square Up. 

 

Advice for first time Multi-Day Events

 

twowheeltours has been lucky enough to have been involved with events such as the Haute Route (since 2011) and the Ride Across Portugal (since 2017) - both of their inception years. Since then, we have had hundreds of riders from +20 countries join us on cyclo-sportive tours.  

 

Some of the most important factors to remember:

 

Events like the Haute Route and Ride Across Portugal have been around for years and if this is your first multi-day, welcome to the family.

  

The stages are not ALL about climbs, remember, what goes up must come down and then there are all those rolling hills plus flat sections where teamwork is an advantage!

 

Make sure you have done some bunch riding.

 

Also, make sure you have done some riding in the rain. Nobody likes getting wet but there is always the chance that a stage may be a damp one.   

 

At the end of each tour, we ask our clients for advice for those who are attempting a multi-day cycling event:

 

Use a Tour Operator, twowheeltours.

Paolo - Italy 

 

If travelling with twowheeltoursyou don't need to think of, or stress over, any details. Everything is taken care of.

Steve - Wales

 

Train, train and train.

Eimear - Ireland

 

On the bike > breathe ... eat ... drink ... enjoy!

Owen - Australia

 

Embrace the experience! Rain, punctures, cramp, bone-chilling cold, transfers - they are all part of what makes the Haute Route such a challenge. And talk to your fellow riders - everyone has a story to tell.

Adrian - Australia

 

Have the utmost confidence in the professionalism of twowheeltours and Will's staff.

Sergio - Italy

 

Preparation. Most important is consistent training and lots of it. Work on strength and endurance. Focus on getting the body to recover from a long day and be ready for the next.

Grant - Australia

 

Preparation and attention to detail. Put in the kms of training. This is not something that can be finished without true training preparation in the legs. Also, invest in a really good "butt butter" type product that works for you and figure out how to minimize saddle sore discomfort.

Paul - USA

 

Buy a Castelli Gabba!! [Prepare for all weather conditions]

Mark - Australia

 

Train - simulate actual event.

Stan - USA

 

Train a lot. Prepare for all weather conditions. Eat a lot on the bike. Take in the scenery.

Dave - Australia

 

Train, train and train to be able to enjoy the HR and not suffer every day.

Mike - Netherlands

 

Install a climbing cassette before you leave.

Stephen - Australia

 

Haute Route is a long event - bad days could be followed by good days...so take it easy the first two days and always pay attention to good nutrition.

Stefan - Brazil

 

Train for a solid three months including a significant amount of hill climbing. You must have a high dgree of fitness otherwise you are wasting your time. Also put on a 32 cassette. 

Noel - Australia

 

Don't allow the physical and psychological challenge of the HR to get in the way of enjoying the wonders associated with riding a bike through some of the most beautiful natural scenery one can find anywhere.

Paul - Switzerland

 

Arrive fit with experience of 10km climbs.

Geoff - Australia

 

Train, train and then train more. If your goal is too complete a seven day event, make sure you pace yourself on the first few days and then if you feel good you can increase your effort on the later stages. If your goal is to position as high as possible I now know that you need to push yourself hard from day 1! But no matter what your goal is just try and take it all in and enjoy the moment. 

Will - UK

 

Trust Will’s advice and descend within your abilities.

Bruce - Australia

 

Don't worry about going hard to stay in a group as the twowheeltours guys will be there to support the first and last rider.  

Richard - Australia

 

Do the necessary hill training and endurance work. Use hill repeats if no long hills available.

Aidan - Ireland

 

Train, Prepare mentally, get use to eating a lot of food with heavy training. Learn the in’s and out’s of your bike, you will pick up early if something isn’t right.

Mitch - Australia

 

Don't pack too much cycling gear, there are wash days.

Graham - Australia

 

Train well, get a a couple of back to back days in ideally in mountain terrain.

Kieran - Ireland

 

Talk to as many of the group as you can - all great people with different experiences as riders and otherwise. Don't stress about the weather- you cannot change it. 

JR - Australia

 

Train to do the length of rides that are planned so you can enjoy them.

Mark - Australia 

 

Train hard. Seek advice from others. Understand you will be grinding / spinning up a slope for what main be two or more hours. Hopefully you are confident with that.

David - Australia

 

Keep riding, let Will tell you stories, use his energy, if everyone else is doing it you can too (in terms of fitness), relax and have fun. For Ride Across Portugal, it’s not a race it’s a ride, you literally have nothing else to do all day other than ride your bike.

Kristin - USA

 

Good gearing, avoid deep dish wheels up high in the wind, and do not chase on day one. 

Stephen - Australia

 

It's worth getting fit for the trip rather than hoping you'll ride into it. If you're fitter and therefore don't struggle as much on the climbs you can enjoy the scenery.

Adrian - Australia

     

It's a 7 day race. Pace the 7 stages, save something for the end of each day and the last couple of days. For a HR 3 day event, it is lot different from HR 7 day. 3 day with add-on tourism package means you can really enjoy it. I guess only advice would be to train right ahead of time. Make sure you are ready for climbing.

Brent - USA

 

I want to say do it with an organised group like twowheeltours but in hindsight, I appreciate that my first HR was done with friends only, doing all the extra bits myself. It made me really appreciate the luxury of Will & crew and how much easier it made the stages. So my real advice to a first timer is to ask advice, from people that you know that have done it before. Even regarding travel and best routes etc. Understand all the logistically elements before you arrive, so that you can have fun in the race and don't have to sweat the small stuff either side of the stages. It makes the whole event more relaxed and enjoyable

Jocelyn - Australia

 

Go easy on day one! 

Simon - Australia

 

Find an experienced coach and ask him to make a training plan for Haute Route. If the coach has done a Haute Route or done stage racing that would be better. Spend time on training as much as you can so that you will not regret. You need to do some 6+ hour days as part of your training.
Don't care about other riders who pass you. 
Keep your pace - the Haute Route is long.
Never work too hard especially on the first day.
Don't think about the upcoming passes and stages which remain, just concentrate on the climb or descend you are facing.

Kenji - Japan

 

Pace yourself - don't go full gas on day 1 or at the start of any stage unless you are an experienced stage racer.

David - Australia

 

Get a good training program that focuses on hill climbing and endurance - do the prep, ride to your ability, pace your efforts to enjoy each day. 

Michelle - Australia

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