Many French Mountain Passes are not accessible year round. Typically the higher mountain passes are open from May through until November each year. This is highly dependant on current snow conditions. Climbs located at lower altitudes are often open year round. Our ride guides each set out the elevation at the summit of the passes. …
Destination specific questions
The French Alps are located 625km / 388mi from Paris by car. Depending on traffic this would take approximately 6.5hrs. Our destination pages are a great guide for travel options.
The French Pyrenees are located 850km / 528mi from Paris by car. Depending on traffic this will take approximately 8hrs. By train it is almost 5.5 hours and by plane flight time is 1hr 20mins. Check our Pyrenees destination pages for details on how to travel to the Pyrenees.
The French Alps are located in the East of the country and border both Switzerland and Italy. Our destinations pages list the best way to travel there. Depending on where in France you are travelling from you may be able to make your way to the region by either car, bus, rail or air.
The French Pyrenees are located in the South West of France along the border with Spain. The Mountain range spans across from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. Check our practical guides for information on how to travel to the region.
We recommend basing yourself in either Bourg d’Oissans, Annecy, or either the Maurienne or Serre Chevalier valleys. Check out our practical guides for the Alps which provide you with handy information on where to go, how to get there and where to ride. From either of these four locations you can access multiple Tour de …
For a short cycling holiday in the Pyrenees we recommend staying in the Lourdes region. From here you can easily access many infamous Tour de France climbs. These include the Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque as well as Luz Ardiden and Hautacam. Check out our destination guides for more practical information about the Pyrenees.