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French Alps

CYCLING IN THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR CYCLING AREA

The French Alps are dazzlingly beautiful. Unspoiled nature at its best: think colorful alpine meadows, impressive rock formations and views of the eternal snow from the very highest peaks. It is a privilege when you get to drive up among all this beauty. In general, the roads on these cols (due in part to the Tour de France) are of fine quality. The asphalt is fine and often better than the cols in the Pyrenees or in Italy.

The Alps are very vast in France. The most famous cols are against the southern side of the Alps, think of mountain roads like the Galibier that literally connects north and south or the Izoard that is in really in the southern French Alps. We would be selling the Alps short by looking only at its most famous cols and climbs. Besides the Alpe d'huez there is so much more, and secretly perhaps more beautiful, but during drinks talk you will impress a lot less with a Col de Granon.

In the Alps, the season for cyclists is theoretically open from the moment the first cols are cleared of snow. Usually around the beginning of May. After that, the cols close at the first real snowfall, usually towards the end of October. However, cold already makes cycling from late September a lot less enjoyable, and heavy snowfall on the highest cols is also quite possible in June.

Saint-François-Longchamp, Parc Madeleine (France)

Cycling in the French Alps in a very nice ambiance on the Col de la...

Vallandry, Chalets de Vallandry (France)

It is very popular with winter sports enthusiasts and in summer by cyclists. The roads with...

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  • 6 days
    450 km
    Incl. lodging
    Cycle Travel and Villaparcs offer a super location in the French Alps for cycling vacations in the mountains. Located in the center of Vallandry ith the small-scale 4-star vacation park Parc Chalets de Vallandry.
    03 June 2023 / 07 September 2023
    Road bike
    4 /5
    5 /5
    5 /5
    4 /5
  • CycloWorld - Col de la Loze by Brides-les-Bains
    6 days
    450 km
    Incl. lodging
    CycloWorld offers a super location in the French Alps for cycling vacations in the mountains. In the center of Vallandry is a small-scale 4-star vacation park of Villaparcs.
    July 13, 2023 / July 17, 2023
    Road bike
    4 /5
    5 /5
    5 /5
    4 /5
  • 6 days
    450 km
    Incl. lodging
    Cycle Travel and Villaparcs offer a super location in the French Alps for cycling vacations in the mountains. In the center of Saint Francois Longchamp is the small-scale 4-star vacation park Parc Madeleine.
    03 June 2023 / 07 September 2023
    Road bike
    4 /5
    5 /5
    5 /5
    4 /5
  • 4 days
    350 km
    Incl. lodging
    Take part in the unique XL triathlon in Saint-Francois-de-Longchamp; the triathlon in France with the most altitude meters of all!
    Aug. 17, 2023 / Aug. 20, 2023
    Triathlon
    5 /5
    4 /5
    3 /5
    5 /5

Explanation sports level

MTB:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Road bike:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Level 1: Starter-Beginner;
You are just starting out in this sport, have no experience nor background as an athlete

Level 2: Beginner-Medium;
You are just starting with this sport, however you already have experience with other sports so you start with a good basic condition. You cycle 1 or 2 times a week.

Level 3: Average;
You are a sporty person, don't shy away from a challenge, exercise at least 2 to 4 per week, you can also already make some altitude gains and ride at higher averages.

Level 4: Advanced;
You are a trained athlete, you are looking for a challenge in sports, you are active at least 3 to 5 times a week, altitude meters and a higher average are not a problem

Level 5: Advanced/Performance oriented;
You train towards goals, challenges and also leave something for it you do not mind, you are driven and several times longer sport per week are no exception, you are performance oriented

Level 6: Advanced Plus;
As a highly trained person, you want to really test yourself to your limits, you seek challenges and are also willing to live for them, exercising is a part of your daily life.

Explanation luxury level

Level 0-1.5: Tour without overnight stay.

Level 2-2.5: Cycle Travel provides an overnight stay in a 2-star accommodation.

Level 3-3.5: Tour with overnight stays in the better bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel, hostel accommodations. Overnight stays on a half-board basis are a 3.5 rating.

Level 4-4.5: Cycle Travel provides a 4-star accommodation or boutique bed & breakfast. Optional full board booking (upgrade to level 4,5 appreciation).

Level 5-5.5: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 4-star or 5-star accommodation or boutique hotel. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 5.5.

Level 6: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 5-star accommodation, boutique hotel or luxury pop-up location. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 6+ level if required.

Explanation guidance level

Our team of passionate guides is always there for you. For any type of trip, event or clinic, Cycle Travel will provide the right accompaniment. We have an excellent network of professionals.

With the ranking from 1 to 6, we indicate to what extent the guidance is provided on a trip. Interested in an upgrade? Please let us know! Then we will gladly look for a suitable solution.

Level 0-1: a self-guided tour without guidance. Cycle Travel provides the routes on GPX.

Level 2-2.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has a goody bag or contact person at the locations visited that you will receive as a traveler.

Level 3-3.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has accommodation on the basis of a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast. There is someone on site who is familiar with our clients and is personally available for you (level 3,5)

Level 4-4.5: a guided tour including routes on GPX and tour guide on the bike or in a follow car.Cycle Travel has accommodation based on a 4-star hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast. During a guided tour it is optionally possible to book a mechanic and masseur. (The valuation then amounts to 4.5)

Level 5-5.5: A fully catered vacation with a complete support team consisting of tour guide, mechanic and masseur. A follow car is provided including care on the road during the rides. Accommodation will be in luxury chalets, hotels or boutique bed & breakfasts.

Level 6: The ultimate luxury cycling vacation with top locations and carefully selected accommodations. Only the very best counts for us and you as our client! Get carried away on a next level cycling vacation.

Explanation gravity level

We roughly determine the heaviness of a trip based on a variety of circumstances. Severity can be determined by distances or by the altitude meters in distances. In addition, you experience a ride on a gravel or mountain bike already 'heavier' than a road bike ride.

Per category this is approximately what you can think of. Always discuss with us alternatives or modified routes which also influence the heaviness.

Road Bikes - Race bikesDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 170 km700-1100
Level 280 km1100-1500
Level 3100 km1500-2200
Level 4120 km2200-2800
Level 5150 km2800-3800
Hors Category175+ km3800-5500
Mountain Bike - MTBDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500
GravelDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500