Ride in the French mountains on Car Free days
These popular evens offer a chance to experience riding some of the famous mountain climbs of the Tour de France on fully closed roads . Held across multiple regions in France we are happy to see that the car free days are only gaining in popularity and are being held once again in 2021. Pre-registration for these events is generally not required. Often there are also refreshment stations available at the top of the summits for you to be able to refuel. So if you are hoping to ride some of the mountains in France this year, why not plan your trip to coincide with these days? We have searched which events are being held this year and listed each one below.
Saturday May 29: Upper Clarée Valley
Sunday May 30: Col de l'Echelle
Sunday June 6: Ascent Ailefroide / Pré Mme Carle
Sunday July 4: Montée Puy Saint Vincent 1600
Thursday July 8: Col d'Izoard
Monday July 19: Col de Vars
Tuesday July 20: Col de Moissière (Ancelle)
Wednesday July 21: Col de Granon
Thursday July 22: Col Agnel
Thursday July 22: Col du Galibier
Tuesday August 3: Montée de Chabre
Wednesday August 4: Col de Pommerol
Thursday August 5: Col d'Izoard
Monday August 16: Col de Vars
Wednesday August 18: Col de Granon
Thursday August 19: Col du Galibier
Friday August 20: Montée des Orres
Sunday 05 September Col d'Agnel
This series provides amateur cyclists with the opportunity to take on some of the most famous climbs such as Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps on roads which are closed to motorised vehicles. These car free days take place every Tuesday in July and August beginning on 06 July. The event is entirely free and registration is not required. Refreshment stations are also available at the top of the climbs as well. For more information about this series check here.
Taking place on the second Saturday of the Month the road to the summit of the Grand Colombier is closed to traffic from 7am to 3pm. This particular event has been run successfully since 2013 and is gaining in popularity with each year. There is a refreshment station put on at the top of the climb by the local Tourism body. There is also an option to ride with as part of a larger group leaving from the local bike store at 10:00am at Maison du Velo in the small town of Culoz at the base of the climb. Dates for this year are listed below.
June: Saturday 12th
July: Saturday 10th
August: Saturday 14th
September: Saturday 11th
Unfortunately many cycling events continue to be cancelled in France this year due to COVID-19. Late last month Paris Roubaix was the latest event to see a postponement to later in the year in October. Unfortunately organisers of the amateur Paris Roubaix Challenge Sportive have decided the event will not being run in 2021. The organiser hopes to be able to run the event again in April 2022.