2021 Cycling Events in France

There are lots of cycling events in France for you to choose from if that is something you would like to try while on holiday. You can ride a stage from the Tour de France or cycle on the famous Le Mans motor racing circuit, there is something for everyone. Most of the cycling events in France cater for all abilities and offer courses of different lengths to suit all riders. Events run primarily in the warmer months and in all parts of the country.

Two females cycling in France

Choosing which cycling event in France to ride?

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

While many of these events were cancelled in 2020 due to travel restrictions they are all rescheduled to run in 2021. Many events have allowed 2020 participants to roll their entry over into 2021 which may impact availability of entries this year.

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.

At present there is no set date for this event to run in 2021. We are awaiting information back from the organiser and will update this as soon as it is received.

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.

No 2021 dates are available as yet.

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 scheduled for 4 July in 2021 and will ride what was stage 2 of the 2020 Tour de France.

This events sells out quickly and riders who had a 2020 entry will be given preference for the 2021 event.

The Pyrenees

Held in the Ariége region in the Pyrénées mountains this event offers 6 different routes from 178km to 58km. Being in the mountains you can expect plenty of climbing. The event also includes categories for women only and e-bikes.

The 2021 event is scheduled for 26 June.

The La Pyrénéenne Sportive is held annually in the Pyrenees. The 2021 event will be held on 11 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.

According to their web site the 2021 event has been cancelled but will be replaced with another challenge. We will update this once further information becomes available.

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 2021 event is scheduled for 21 June.

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.

The 2021 event will be held on 27 June.

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 2021 event is scheduled for 17 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.

In 2021 the Pyrenees event is scheduled from 6-10 July, the Alps 22-28 August and Mont Ventoux 1-3 October.

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 2021 event will be held on 21 and 22 August.