North French Alps

Cycling in the Northern French Alps

The Northern French Alps is an easily accessible riding destination. Only an hour or so from Geneva airport, and you can be following in the tyre tracks of your Tour de France heroes.

The Northern French Alps

Cycling in the Northern French Alps allows you to follow in the tyre tracks of the Tour de France and it's heroes. You want to stay near to the climbs that you most want to ride, as a casual ride into the next valley may involve 2000m of climbing! 



Morzine is a large but charming ski viallge, popular with both mountain bikers and road cyclists in the Summer. Ideally located, you are able to ride the Col de Joux Plane, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Joux Verte, Col de la Colombiere, La Forclaz, Col de Corbier and Col de la Jambaz. 


Samoens is a smaller and quieter resort than Morzine and is located halfway up the famous Col de Joux Plan. You can ride the same Col’s as if you stayed in Morzine. 


You should fly to Geneva and it's a short 1h transfer to Morzine. Lyon and Grenoble are also possible airports. 


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Bike highlights

Route highlight

With many famous Tour de France climbs in the area it's very hard to pick just one highlight. A Bikecation favourite however is the Col de Joux Plane. A Pantani favourite, the climb that nearly broke Armstrong and hated by Bradley Wiggins, it is a climb that deserves respect and a real test for the legs.   

Bike difficulty

Difficulty level

Riding in the Northern French Alps is hard. Almost all the climbs are categorised as HC or Cat 1 climbs and it is very difficult to have a flat ride. That said, if you are a competent and fit rider, you will love the challenge. See our routes guide here for a flavour of the riding in the area. 

Bike best times

Best time to go

The best time to go to the French Alps is June to September. All the climbs usually open in April, but the weather can make riding challenging in May, and any later than September, and you risk snow on the high ground. 

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