Cycling Events in France

There is an extensive range of French cycling events to choose from if you would like to try something a bit different on your holiday. We have selected a few to give you an idea of the types of events on offer and where to find more information about them.

Which cycling event to choose?

Incorporating one of the many French cycling events is another option to consider for your cycling holiday to France. Listed below are a selection of some of the events on offer and it is by no means the full list of what is available. The rides listed here are sorted by location and appear in calendar order. Access the event website by clicking on the logo.

For further information the Vélo Cyclosport website provides a comprehensive list of French cycling events each year and groups them by region. It also provides the ability to rank events based on distance, elevation gained and overall toughness.

Pro tour events

Held in March each year this gives you the opportunity to ride a stage of the Paris Nice professional race 24hrs before the pros do.

This event gives you the opportunity to ride the famous cobbles of the Paris Roubaix a day before the pros do. The event is held in April with routes announced in February.

L’Etape gives you the opportunity to ride one of the mountain stages of the Tour de France on full closed roads. The event is held in July each year and sells out very quickly. Often the best opportunity of securing an entry is through one of the many tour companies who secure multiple entries.

The Pyrenees

Held in the Pyrénées mountains this events offers 6 different routes from 178km to 58km. Being in the mountains you can expect plenty of climbing. This event also includes a women’s only option and an option for e-bikes. The event is held in June each year.

The La Pyrénéenne Sportive is held annually in the Pyrenees. The event is held in early July. Two routes are on offer, the first crossing 4 valleys and the second, 2 valleys. The event includes climbs such as Col d’Aspin, Hourquette d’Ancizan and the Col du Tourmalet.

Another event for the Pyrenees this one is held in August each year. Covering a distance of 165km the ride climbs 5,500m including both sides of Col du Tourmalet.

The Alps

An event that finishes on the legendary Mont Ventoux and offers two distances, 137km and 80 km. Both rides have plenty of climbing to challenge you.

The Marmotte is held over three days in July and starts with a time trial up Alpe d’Huez and finishes with a 174km course. The option to ride the course over two days is also offered. The route offers climbs like Col du Galibier and Col du Télégraphe and finishes on Alpe d’Huez.

If you are looking for a major challenge then this could be the event for you. Starting in France the ride crosses into Switzerland and Italy before finishing back in France. You will cover a distance of 338km and climb over 8,000m. The event is held in July.

Other locations

Haute Route organises a number of multi day events each year the longest of which is 7 days in length. Their premier events are the Haute Route Alpes and Haute Route Pyrenees.

This 24hr event gives you the opportunity to ride around the famous Le Mans motor racing circuit. The event can be completed as part of a team or solo. The event is held in August.

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