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.
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.
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 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.