This page lists out 29 cycling routes in the French Alps. We have sorted the rides out into five separate regions within the French Alps. This will show you which riding routes are possible in each area of the French Alps and assist you with choosing your cycling base.
Cycling Routes in the L’Oisans Region
The routes outlined below are all available to ride when holidaying in the L’Oisans Region. On offer are famous Tour de France icons such as Alpe d’Huez and the Col du Galibier. All of these these rides start and finish from the village of Bourg d’Oisans.
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Cycling Routes to ride in Annecy
The picturesque city of Annecy is a fantastic base for a road cycling holiday. We have mapped out six rides for you to discover whilst staying in this area. All of these rides all start and finish from the city of Annecy. Choose to cycle around the beautiful lake Annecy, or try a more strenuous ride up the Tour de France climbs of Semnoz and the Col de la Forclaz. Explore the routes in more detail below.
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Cycling Routes in the Maurienne Valley
If you plan to ride some of the highest Alpine road passes in France then basing yourself in the Maurienne Valley is a great option. From here you can choose from a number of the iconic climbs of the Tour de France. These include the Col du Galibier, Col de la Madeleine as well as Europe’s second highest road – the Col de L’iseran. All the cycling routes listed below begin and end from the town of Saint Jean de Maurienne.
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Cycling Routes in the Serre Chevalier Valley
This area of the French Alps gives you access to Tour de France climbs such as the Col d’Izoard and Col du Galibier. All of the cycling routes mapped out below start and finish from the village of Briancon. Click on each ride to description to explore the route in more detail.
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Chamonix Valley Cycling Routes
The Chamonix Valley offers up a variety of great road cycling rides. From here you can choose to explore some of the great alpine climbs in France such as the Col de la Colombiere and Col des Aravis. Or alternatively, you can cycle all the way from the Chamonix Valley across the border into Switzerland with a ride to the stunning Lac d’Emosson. All the routes listed below have been mapped out from the town of Chamonix. There is a mixture of cycling loops as well as some out and back routes for you to choose from. Click on each individual ride below to explore it in more detail.