On a typical day on our point to point tours, our support driver will be a friendly face cheering you along and acting as photographer taking photos of the group and the amazing views along the route, all of which are shared with our guests at the end of each day. On the climbs, the support vehicle travels ahead of the group to a safe stopping point where all riders are counted by to ensure no one is left behind and that everyone has what they need, then drives ahead to wait for the group to pass again. On the descent the support vehicle usually follows the group ensuring everyone makes it safely down.
As well as carrying all guest luggage between hotels, the support vehicle carries water, spares and tools to deal with most minor mechanicals and often a few treats to share along the way, such as bananas, cakes and drinks. Our support drivers are first aid qualified and also carry a first aid kit.
The support vehicle is available for riders to warm up in if the weather is cold or wet and to offer shade from the sun when it is hot, and also give a head start to slower riders and a lift to tired ones.
Our support driver this year on the Alpe d’Huez to Italy Tour was Helen
Number of times driving on this Tour : 2
Least favourite climb to drive : Col with No Name – it is very steep and narrow!
Favourite climb to drive : Col de Sestriere – It is an easy drive with amazing views
Free Day spent how : Lunch in Pinerolo and an afternoon by the hotel pool
“I love this tour, the route is great, the hotels perfect for our needs and the guests on this year’s Tour were great company” Helen