Cycling in the French Alps

The French Alps region is located in the east of the country and border both Switzerland and Italy. There are so many amazing climbs to be found in this region. These include the infamous climbs of Alpe d’Huez, the Col du Galibier and the Col d’Izoard to name just a few. We have split the French Alps into five areas for the purpose of grouping rides and places to stay. For each of the five regions we have compiled a list of cycling routes and towns to stay in to help you plan out your trip.

Our map of the French Alps below shows you where the towns and climbs are located in relation to each other. This will also help to guide you in where to base yourself on your French Alps cycling holiday, in order to tackle each of the famous climbs.

Annecy old city buildings reflecting in the canal. French Alps

Annecy Region

Visit here to ride: Semnoz, Col de la Columbiere, Col de la Forclaz, Col des Aravis, Mont du Chat and the Lake Annecy loops

Stay in: Annecy

Get here by: air, rail, bus or car

Local transport hub: Annecy

Closest international airport: Lyon or Geneva

the cycling friendly village of Bourg d'Oisans in the French Alps

Le Bourg d’Oisans Region

Visit here to ride: Alpe d’Huez, Col du Galibier, Les Deux Alpes, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Glandon and the Col du Lautaret.

Stay in: Bourg-d’Oisans, Allemond or Venosc

Get here by: air, rail, bus or car

Local transport hub: Grenoble

Closest international airport: Lyon

View from the summit looking at the road of the Col du Galibier a famous climb of the French Alps

Maurienne Valley

Visit here to ride: Col de la Madeleine, Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraph and the Col du Galibier.

Stay in: Saint Jean de Maurienne, Saint Jean de Michel

Get here by: air, rail, bus or car

Local transport hub: Saint Jean de Maurienne

Closest international airport: Lyon, and Turin.

Col du Galibier, a famous ride in the french alps.

Serre Chevalier Valley

Visit here to ride: Col d’Izoard, Col du Galibier, Col du Lautaret and the Col du Granon.

Stay in: Briançon or Monetier les Bains

Get here by: Air, rail or car

Local transport hub: Briançon

Closest international airport: Lyon and Geneva

View towards the mountains from Chamonix village.

Chamonix Valley

Visit here to ride: Col des Montets, Plaine Joux, Col des Aravis, Col de la Forclaz, Col de la Colombiere and Lac d’Emosson.

Stay in: Chamonix, Les Houches or Argentière

Get here by: Air, rail, bus or car

Local transport hub: Chamonix

Closest international airport: Geneva

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