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     French Alps; 28th June to 7th July 2013
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I have been visiting Bourg St Maurice, almost every year since 1983. Its nearly always been hot and sunny for every summer visit, with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius or even more (38C once!). Its cooler high in the mountains of course something akin to a spring day in England. Bourg is in the valley bottom, relatively low at 850 metres altitude, and you certainly feel the heat as you descend from a days riding in the mountains. The main swimming pool is open all year round, with the open air part open from 1st July. There are additional pools attached to mountain restaurants, and a small lake further down the valley for sun-bathing & splashing around in. You will need your shades & suncream. In 20 years, rain has only been a problem once. (update, the 2006 tours saw some rain as well)

The weather is not guaranteed of course, but Ive only known one summer trip badly affected by days and days of rain.

I wish I had NEVER said this back in 2003. In 2004, we got heavy rain on BOTH Alps tours. It was a close call, but rain didn't stop play. Yes, it rained for about half the week, but we still got clear weather in the latter half of both trips, and still completed the high passes in sunshine. (although an early run up the Col saw snow and sub-zero temperatures!)

One benefit of a night time shower of rain in these mountainous areas is, youll wake up to a fresh covering of snow on the highest peaks a stunning sight in the morning sunshine.

Photo above shows John on his VFR 750 in 2002 up at 9000 feet on the Col de L'Iseran.  Oh, & for you do-gooders & critics - John doesn't RIDE like this, he's just posing for a photo.  The helmet and jacket go back on.  No really - some people do whinge about these things.

It's usually clear and sunny in June & July - but nothing is guaranteed of course!
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