The thrill of cycling the French Alps taps into something primal deep within. The colossal snow-capped peaks jutting up to pierce the sky, the clang of a cow bell, and the ice-cold flow of sweet streams and lonely roads spiraling up and down these majestic mountains makes for cycling adventure tours that are nothing short of iconic.
The Col Collective
While they may buckle and soar through three countries, the Alps arguably reach their most impressive – at the famed Mont Blanc, where a crescendo of peaks reach a staggering 4810m. But the French Alps are so much more than this revered spot – she is home to some of the fiercest Tour de France climbs and Col Collectives including the classic Alpe-d’Huez, the hairpin bends of the Col du Telegraph, the glory of Galibier, and the glittering green passes of the Glandon and Croix-de-Fer, and the moonscape of the Izoard.
The Allure of Lesser Known Routes
While we can certainly take you on an intimate cycling discovery of the most famous Tour de France and French Alpine climbs, we also have insider knowledge of lesser-known routes. For those looking to unravel a wilder side of cycling the French Alps, our completely hand-built and custom-made cycling itineraries can showcase some of the most daring and spectacular cycling routes on this sublime six-to-ten-day tour.
Memorable Mountain Scenes
Those spirited cyclists wanting to tackle one of France’s most spectacular and challenging combination climbs can take the road that rises for 33 km to the top of Iseran pass to witness exceptional glacier views over the Italian Gran-Paradiso National Park. Afterwards, take the wild Cormet de Roseland pass, a natural pasture for the cows producing the world-famous Beaufort label cheese. End with a final epic climb to the fabled ski-town of Les Saisies with its glorious close-up views of Mont-Blanc. This is just an example of one of many possible memorable mountain routes on our Epic Alps Mountain Tours.
Gourmet Twists and Turns
The French Alps are a smorgasbord for the senses and along the way, cyclists can feast, rest and relax in some of the regions warmest and welcoming refuges. We have hand-selected the finest array of hotels and restaurants to keep you sweet and satiated for your cycling tour. From creamy raclette to Tartiflette (a specialty dish of the Alps that combines crispy cubes of potato, melted cheese, onions, pancetta and white wine – all baked in an oven makes for a decadent meal and offers tones of calories for the next day in the saddle) – mountain comfort food is the ultimate treat after a long day cycling beneath diamond like peaks on one of our savvy cycling adventure tours along the Haute Route Alps.