French Alps cycling holiday from Lake Annecy to Alpe d’Huez to Mont Ventoux

We firmly believe here at ECT we have discovered the ultimate French Alps cycling holiday taking in the mightiest and most spectacular cols, the most favoured and legendary climbs of le tour, and quite simply the best patisseries and cafés this glorious mountain range has to offer…

Now it’s your turn to ride the tracks of legends…

From the beautiful shores of lake Annecy – the backdrop to the greatest and most spectacular time trials of the Tour de France, onwards to the dizzying hairpins of le lacets and to the mythical slopes le Croix de Fer and Alpe d’Huez – the scene of some of the greatest and memorable battles in the history of the le tour before riding onwards to arguably the most iconic mountain and spiritual home of cycling – the sleeping giant of Provence… Mont Ventoux!

Total Distance: 450km
Total Ascent: 9,446m
Max Alt: 2,068m
Difficulty Grade: 4/5
5 NightsNext Departure: 7 July 2024
Ristretto Score: #10
Guide Price: £895

Alps Cycling Holiday

Cols Conquered

Day One
Lacets de Montvernier…Length: 3.24km, Height start: 504m, Height top: 781m, Ascent: 277m, Average grade: 8.5%

Day Two
Col de la Croix de Fer…Length: 30km, Height start: 546m, Height top: 2068m, Ascent: 1522m, Average grade: 5.1%
Alpe d’Huez…Length: 13.2km, Height start: 744m, Height top: 1815m, Ascent: 1071m, Average grade: 8.1%

Day Three
Col d’Ornon…Length: 11.11km, Height start: 730m, Height top: 1373m, Ascent: 643m, Average grade: 5.8%
Col de Parquetout…Length: 7.4km, Height start: 736m, Height top: 1382m, Ascent: 646m, Average grade: 8.7%
Col du Festre…Length: 22.1km, Height start: 794m, Height top: 1442m, Ascent: 648m, Average grade: 2.9%

Day Four
Col de Macuègne…Length: 9.19km, Height start: 604m, Height top: 1074m, Ascent: 470m, Average grade: 5.1%
Mont Ventoux…Length: 25.7km, Height start: 760m, Height top: 1912m, Ascent: 1152m, Average grade: 4.5 %

Unlock Your Passion For Cycling


Arrival Day > Arrive Geneva airport [GVA] – transfer to Annecy hotel. Times of recommended flights given at time of application. Prepare bikes before trip briefing and possible leg sharpener before evening dinner.

Day One > ⛰ Annecy to Saint Jean de Maurienne – 114km +1149m

Day Two > ⛰⛰ Saint Jean de Maurienne to Bourg d’Oisans – 100km +3165m

Day Three > ⛰⛰⛰ Bourg d’Oisans to Serres – 110km +2304m

Day Four > ⛰⛰ Serres to Malaucene – 118km +2567m

Departure Day > Pack down bikes before transfer for flight home.  ✈ Return Home

Option to stay a further day to complete the world famous Ventoux Cinglés Challenge
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✅ 3/4**** Bed & Breakfast Accommodation (four nights)
✅ Cycle Guide(s)
✅ Full Vehicle Support including Driver/Mechanic
✅ First Aiders
✅ Luggage Transfer
✅ Incredible scenery riding beautiful marble smooth roads

Not Included

Flight, Lunches, Evening Meals, Airport Transfers


Recommended flight information will be given on your application.To help us help you, It is important you notify us of any extraordinary travel arrangements you may have that prevents you from arriving at the recommended times.
Your personal bags will be carried by the support vehicle throughout the event.
We strongly ask your bikes to be transported by bike bags (semi-rigid/soft). Please do not arrive to the event with rigid bike travel boxes. Support vehicles will have limited space and unable stow large solid bike boxes as well as all luggage and equipment through the event.
Please contact us with any questions regarding flight transport of your bike, we will be more than happy to discuss this further with you.

Climate & Kit

We can expect warm, sunny weather, however we should expect slight temperature drop and cool conditions on the mountains (800m+) – Remember to bring layers – not heavy coverings.
This is a road bike tour. Your bike should be well maintained and in good running order with suitable ‘road gears’ and brakes.
A full kit list will be issued in your ‘Joining Instructions’ document after your application. We will be glad to discuss any aspect of kit and your bike with you, please call us anytime with any questions.

Fitness & Training

This is a level 4 cycle event. You will be capable of riding comfortably upto 140km in a day and/or used to riding distances upto 100km over hilly terrain – minmum. If you have any doubt as to your fitness regarding participation in this event please give us a cal and we will be more than happy to chat with you.

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Route Map

Route Profile

Cycle through the Alps to beautiful Provence

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Better organisation than Team Sky, Jason and Giles where awesome. Every thing ran so smoothly all we had to do was ride!
Richard 2018

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French Alps cycling holiday

Next Departure – 7 July 2024