2022 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.

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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.

During 2021 and 2020 many events were cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing travel restrictions and pandemic. We hope 2022 returns to some sense of normality but there is still the possibility of changes, especially in the early season events.

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.

The 2022 edition is scheduled for Saturday March 12 starting in Nice. The 2022 event will cover a distance of 127km (79 miles) and take in 5 mountain passes climbing 2,300m (7,660ft).

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.

The 2022 event will be held on Saturday April 16. There are 3 different distances to choose from, 70km, 145km and 170km. (44 miles, 91 miles and 106 miles)

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 10 July in 2022 and will ride stage 12 of the 2022 Tour de France from Briançon to Alpe d’Huez.

This event has already sold out for general entries with 16,000 riders taking part. There are some options available for entry via official tour companies or riding with the official charity partner.

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 2022 event is scheduled for Saturday 25 June.

The La Pyrénéenne Sportive is held annually in the Pyrenees. The 2022 event will be held Sunday 3 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.

The 2021 event was cancelled and at the time of writing it is unsure what is happening with the 2022 event. We will update this page as soon as any information is confirmed.

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 2022 event is scheduled for 12 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 2022 event will be held on 3 July.

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 2022 event is scheduled for 16 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 2022 the Pyrenees event is scheduled from 5-9 July, the Alps 21-27 August and Alpe d’Huez 24-26 June.

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 2022 event will be held on 27 and 28 August.

If none of these events interest you, 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.

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