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REGION: Alps to Mediterranean (France)

TOUR DATES: 28 June – 8 July 2020


HOTELS: 3-4 star hotels, mountain chalets, B&B

Arrival & Departure transfers
10 nights accommodation (twin share)
10 breakfasts
5 dinners with beer & wine provided
10 guided cycling stages fully supported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Sierra Sports cycling jersey

PRICE: 3600 € p.p.


Carbon Road Bike Hire: 350 €

DAY ONE – Sun 28 June 2020
Grenoble Arrival

From Grenoble we will transfer 45min to La Mure which was the start town for Stage 17 of the 2017 TDF. You will ride the first 50km on the Stage 17 route which includes the Col d´Ornon climb (14km / 600m ascent). After a fast descent the route brings you to the base of Alpe d´Huez and its famed 21 switchbacks which will be conquered tomorrow. This is an excellent warm-up ride to get your French Alpes cycling tour started. However, if you are looking for some more action the difficult optional climb to Villard Reymond awaits. This road is often called the ‘Balcony Road’ so you can probably imagine the views across the valley to Alpe d’Huez ski station!

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Col d'Ornon

Ride: Min.50 / Max. 80km cycling

Accommodation: Le Bourg / Allemont

DAY TWO – Mon 29 June 2020
Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d´Huez has over 30 Tour de France stage finishes and has been centre stage for many famous battles.  The atmosphere on the mountain is always fantastic and the 13km at 8% grade will be a fun but constant test! From the ski station we follow a small backroad which hugs the edge of the mountain and provides spectacular views. Today’s optional climb is the amazing ascent of Col de Sarenne. The 20km climb needs to be respected as it has ≥ 10% ramps and following Alpe d’Huez will be a huge test.

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Alpe d'Huez Ski Station

Ride: Min. 55km or Max. 110km cycling

Accommodation: Le Bourg / Allemont

DAY THREE – Tue 30 June 2020
Col de la Croix de Fer

Col de la Croix de Fer offers a fantastic climb for those keen to add another Tour de France giant to their CV. It has been used on 19 occasions and the climb is a serious 29km with an average gradient of 5%. It is a difficult climb which should not be underestimated as a number of short downhill sections misrepresent the average grade (maximum uphill gradients of 11%)! Cycling from the Allemont approach means you also collect Col du Glandon for free. With only 3km to the summit we pass Col du Glandon and veer off to the right with Croix de Fer always now in our line of sight.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: 'Croix de Fer'

Ride: 80km cycling

Accommodation: St-Jean

DAY FOUR – Wed 1 July 2020
Lacets de Montvernier

The morning begins with the spectacular but short climb to Montvernier. This climb was used in the 2015 TDF edition and its 18 switchbacks (in French ‘lacets’) over 3.5km is simply incredible. Once we are all photo’d out the route continues directly onto the Col du Chaussy climb. A narrow road with exceptional views provides the perfect access over to Col de la Madeleine. The final 30km descent down to Albertville will be a grand reward for another big day in the French Alpes.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Col de la Madeleine

Ride: 80km cycling

Accommodation: Albertville

DAY FIVE – Thur 2 July 2020
Cormet de Roselend

Cycling out from Albertville we will detour towards Beaufort where one of our favourite Category 1 climb combinations awaits. The legs will now be ready for the 20km climb of Col du Pre and Cormet de Roselend. The total climb ascends 1230m (average grade of 6.0%) with the steepest sections at 10%. By passing over Col du Pre first we make sure to take in the views over to Mont Blanc. Standing at nearly 4810 metres elevation Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe. It is not all about climbing though because the descent to the dam wall at Lake Roselend is something you will remember for the rest of your cycling days.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Lac de Roselend

Ride: Min. 65 km cycling

Accommodation: Bourg-St-Maurice

DAY SIX – Fri 3 July 2020
Iseran - Europe's Highest Pass

The mighty Col d’Iseran at 2764m elevation awaits and the TDF has only scaled these heights on eight previous occasions. This giant col is ranked number 1 on the list of Europe’s highest passes. We will tackle the 48km climb from the northern approach which thankfully can be split into 4 sections (some a lot easier than others). From the top our ride descends towards the base of Col du Mont Cenis where we will sleep tonight. Mont Cenis on the French/Italian border has been a strategic crossing for thousands of years. The optional 10km final climb up towards the Italian border averages 7% and these mountain roads are cycling paradise!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Col de l'Iseran

Ride: Min. 70km or Max. 100km cycling

Accommodation: Lanslebourg

DAY SEVEN – Sat 4 July 2020
Col du Galibier

Today is a fantastic ride that combines the best of Stages 18 and 19 from the 2019 Tour de France. The first 45km are mostly downhill but from the bottom of the valley things will start to get very interesting. One of the toughest Tour de France climb doubles is calling; Col du Telegraphe (13km) & Col du Galibier (18km)! The ride will be broken up with a lunch stop in the ski village town of Valloire. Valloire is neatly and strategically placed between these two epic cols. The Galibier peak stands at 2640m and to date is the highest mountain used for a TDF stage finish. 

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Valloire

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Serre Cheavlier

DAY EIGHT – Sun 5 July 2020
Col d'Izoard

Today is yet another classic route which includes many kilometres from Stage 18 of the 2019 Tour de France. From the hotel we ride 15km in the valley before arriving at the base of Col d’Izoard. For many the ´Izoard´ (2360m) and its sandy eroded cliffs above la Casse Deserte resemble an amazing lunar landscape. The 35 TDF crossings have provided many an iconic photo of the race! Our climb from the north-west approach includes 19km at an average gradient of 6% and a maximum of 9%. The gorge road linking Izoard and Vars is another highlight before the final assault climbing the green lush pastures of Col du Vars.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Col d'Izoard

Ride: 110km cycling

Accommodation: Barcelonette

DAY NINE – Mon 6 July 2020
Col de la Bonette

The roads seem to just keep going higher and higher the longer this trip goes!  Col de la Bonette at 2802m altitude is the highest asphalted road in France as the extra loop up to the car park means it leapfrogs just slightly ahead of Iseran. Perhaps a rivalry for bragging rights does really exist in the French Alps after all! After an important 10km warm up you will arrive at the base of the Bonette. This 24km climb averages 7% and is a constant climb that rarely gets too steep. Let the switchbacks take you up into what is an expansive alpine landscape. Being so far above the tree line means the views are awesome! The reward for all of your climbing is a 50km descent  that will bring some respectability back to today’s average ride speed! 

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Col de la Bonette

Ride: 110km cycling

Accommodation: St Martin Vesubie

DAY TEN – Tues 7 July 2020
Col de Turini & Col d'Eze

The route intersects the Mediterranean Sea twice today, firstly at Menton and finally at Nice. Plus can you believe it? There is actually more descending than climbing today: 1000m more! This is a wonderful finish as Col de Turini is a cycling wonderland. Tight winding switchbacks, beautifully terraced fields and the Gorges du Piaon set up your arrival to the coast. From Menton the route passes back up into the small villages overlooking the Mediterranean. The final stretch into Nice is the descent from Mont Boron which concludes a big 10 days on the bike. Time to celebrate!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Mediterranean

Ride: 115km cycling

Accommodation: Nice (Cote d'Azur)

DAY ELEVEN – Wed 8 July 2020

Following breakfast the guides will be available to transfer the group to Nice Airport. We hope you enjoyed your Grenoble to Nice challenge and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Meals: Breakfast included

2020 French Alpes Classic Climbs

''Sierra Sports your 2017 ITU World Triathlon Championship domestique!! ''

Here is a classic cycling tour to challenge all recreational cyclists looking for a testing crossing of the French Alpes. This Grenoble to Nice cycling tour will take you from the capital of the French Alpes to the glamour and glitz of the Cote d’Azur beaches. The route includes some of the biggest household name climbs with Alpe d´Huez, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col de la Madeleine, Col d’Iseran, Col du Galibier, Col d’Izoard and Col de la Bonnete all dotted along the route path. There is no doubting that the giants of the French Alpes will have you gasping for oxygen; Col d’Iseran (2764m altitude), Col de la Bonette (2715m altitude) and Col du Galibier (2645m altitude).

But what makes this point to point adventure so authentic are the lesser known climbs such as Col de Sollude, Col de la Chaussy, Mont Cenis, Col de Turini and Col d’Eze which will add the icing on the cake with breathtaking scenery and quiet backroads.

During 2020 ‘Grenoble to Nice’ falls under our Special Releases as it strays from our typical tour structure of at least 2 nights in each location. This is a challenge ride, an adventurous route where one rides daily from hotel to hotel. The support vans are always close by, but the aim is to ride from the mountains to the sea!

Dates: 28-06-2020 to 08-07-2020

Tour price: 3600 € per person (twin share)


Tour Map

Cycling tour through the French Alpes


  • John(Sydney, New South Wales), 2016
    Thanks again Paul.I am already dreaming of what my next trip will be.
  • Jenny(Griffith, New South Wales), 2016
    We enjoyed everything about the trip, the towns, the hotels we stayed in were great choices, and of course experiencing the different stages of the Tour de France. I think you lads do a great job and handle the different personalities with ease and calm. We would certainly like to experience another cycling tour with you and will recommend you to anyone who is thinking of doing a cycling holiday.
  • George(Adelaide), 2011
    Paul, I would like to thank you and your support team for the great riding days through the tour stages of the Pyrenees. The rolling hills of the Salvagnac region were great as well. It was so good knowing that your English, French & Spanish speaking crew definitely made my stay enjoyable and worry-free. Definitely will do this again.
  • Andrew(Melbourne), 2013
    Hi Paul, Thanks for a wonderful experience. It´s one Jack and I will never forget and you and your team were fantastic.