South French Alps

Road cycling in the Southern French Alps allows you to climb many of the iconic Tour de France road climbs and to put your riding to the test. Riding in this area offers everything the avid road cyclist requires. Fantastic mountain climbs, great views and thrilling descents.

The Southern French Alps

Cycling in the Southern 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! 

 

Allemond

Allemond itself is a quiet little village sat below a manmade damn, it is based in the valley from where you can ride up Alpe d'Huez, La Serrenne, the Lauteret, the Glandon, and the Croix de Fer, which makes this an ideal base for riding. 

Le Freney-d oisans

Situated in the same Valley as Allemond, but at the Lauteret end of the valley, nestled between les deux Alpes and Auris, means you can climb all the same climbs as if you were going to stay in Allemond.

Briancon

Briancon is a bigger town than Allemond or Freny d’Oisans, with more other activities available. Stay here to climb the Galibier, The Lauteret, the col du Granon and the Col d’Izoard.

Bike highlights

Route highlight

With many famous Tour de France climbs in the area it's very hard to pick just one highlight. Bikecations's favourite has to be the Col de Sarenne. The road from the Barage du Chambon is very narrow and winds through the mountain side, the traffic almost non-existent, and the views are breath taking. 

Bike difficulty

Difficulty level

Riding in the Southern 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. 

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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