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Classic Climbs of the French Alps

The best views come after the hardest climbs

2 December, 2023

Classic Climbs of the French Alps


When it comes to place to ride your bike, there is not many place that can compare to the French Alps. Discover iconic challenging climbs, long super fast descents and areas of natural beauty.

7 Nights & 6 Ride Days

Classic Climbs of the French Alps is a 7 day cycling holiday based in the alpine ski resort of Meribel.

Riding Stats

This fantastic week will involve a total of 650km of riding, 14,500m of climbing over legendary mountains. 

fully Supported rides

A support vehicle will carry energy bars, fresh water and energy drinks to help keep riders performance levels to their maximum. 

classic climbs of the french alps

Classic Climbs of the French Alps

Climbing a mountain on two wheels is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things you can experience on a bike. Every year the mountain roads of the French Alps become a giant playground for thousands of cyclist from all over the world. Some riders will race up the climbs, trying to set personal bests and challenge for the King or Queen of the mountains spot. On the other hand, some prefer to shift down a few gears, taking their time to admire the stunning scenery.


We have designed our “Classic Climbs of the French Alps” cycling holiday to showcase the very best climbs and cater for riders of all abilities in the hope that everyone can enjoy it.

£850 per person

Book your place today with a £200 non-refundable deposit, price based on a shared twin room. Single rooms are available with a supplement of £200.

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Classic Climbs of the French Alps

The very best Climbs

Classic Climbs of the French Alps is a 7-day cycling holiday involving rides over some of the famous Tour de France climbs such as the Col du Galibier, Col de Telegraphe, Col de la Madeleine, Lacets de Montvernier and the 21 mythical bends of Alpe d’Huez.

Each day you will experience a new challenge on the twisting roads that advance up these renowned mountains. The week will involve approximately 650km of riding, coupled with 14,500 meters of ascents and descents, all in area’s of outstanding beauty  and something you will talk about for a lifetime.

Fully Supported Rides

All rides during the Classic Climbs of the French Alps trip will be fully supported by knowledgeable guides and a support vehicle.

The support vehicle will carry energy bars, fresh water and energy drinks to help keep your performance levels to their maximum. This vehicle will also carry a range of spare parts and tools in order to assist with any minor mechanical problems.

Base Itinerary

DAY 1 – Meet at Geneva Airport, transfer to Meribel, Assemble Bikes

DAY 2 – Local Climbs, Montagny (1056m), Prolognan (1420m), La Tania (1353m)

DAY 3 – Col du Petit Saint Bernard (2188m), Meribel (1150m)

DAY 4 – Col de la Loze (2300m)

DAY 5 – Cormet de Roselend (1998m)

DAY 6 – Queen’s Stage Col du Telegraphe (1566m), Col du Galibier (2462m), Alpe d’Huez (1850m)

Day 7 – Departure, transfer to Geneva Airport for a midday flight


Return Geneva Airport Transfers

Support Vehicle and Guides

7 Nights Accommodation

6 Evening Dinners

6 Continental Style Breakfasts

Post Ride Afternoon Snacks (Bread, Cheese, Ham, Pasta, Cake)


Visas (If Required)

Travel Insurance

Personal Injury Insurance

Spare Parts

Medical Cover

Bike Hire

Coffee / Lunch Stops

The Classic Climbs of the French Alps cycling holiday will involve some long days in the saddle so a good level of fitness is required. Being in good physical condition will result in a more enjoyable holiday, for this reason we recommend partaking in a achievable fitness program prior to your cycling holiday.

Obviously, the best way to prepare is to get out on your bike and include some long rides in hilly terrain. However, swimming, running and circuit training are also good ways to develop your aerobic fitness and stamina.

You will be accommodated on a shared room basis whilst on the Classic Climbs of the French Alps cycling holiday. Individuals travelling alone will be paired up with someone of the same gender. If there is no one of the same gender we will provide you with a single room.

If you would prefer a room to yourself then a single supplement charge will be added, please contact us for prices. Please note this option is only available subject to availability.

If you decide not to bring your own bike, we recommend using  “Bcyclet” for your bike hire. They provide a great selection of carbon bikes made by Scott. For your own comfort we recommend bring your own saddle and pedals. For pricing and availability please use the following link: Bcyclet

We recommend you bring at least the following items of clothing and equipment:


Cycling Helmet (This is mandatory, no helmet no riding)

Sunglasses / Eye Protection


Base Layer

Cycling Jersey

Long Sleeved Cycling Jersey (Optional)

Good Padded Cycling Shorts

Lightweight Waterproof Jacket



Arm Warmers

Cycling Gloves

Long Fingered Cycling Gloves (Optional)


Full Length Leg Warmers

Knee Length Leg Warmers


Cycling Shoes

Cycling Overshoes

Cycling Socks


Sun Screen

Bike Bottles

Cycling Computer

Di2 Charger


At Classic Cycling Tours the safety and well-being of our guests is of the upmost importances to us. Unfortunately due to the nature of cycling and the terrain you will be riding in accidents can occur. Therefore, it is mandatory that you have Personal Injury Insurance that covers you in the event of an accident whilst on a cycling holiday. If you do not have any cover we recommend using “Yellow Jersey” cycle protection.


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Steve & Anna, Owners

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