2014 French Alps Road Cycling Trip
For my 50th Birthday I am planning a trip to France to take in some if the iconic climbs in the French Alps. I probably will hire a bike over there and hope to do at least 3 or possibly 4 over a four day period. Should I choose one of the guided tours or just plan my own trip. Any advice and experiences would be much appreciated.Posted 4 years agoRickyRahMember
I would take my own. I could think of nothing worse than climbing for 1-2 hours on a bike I wasn’t comfortable on.
We had a week in the Alps last summer. Cheap flights to Geneva and then got a hire car for the week. I don’t think you need guided tours to ride on the road. Just do a bit of research – it’s the best bit! There are some truly amazing and unusual climbs out there.Posted 4 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
There’s some decent enough hire bikes in Bourg De Osians, which just so happens to be the start of loads of the climbs, Alp D’Huez, Croix de Fer, Croix de Glandon, Alp D’Huez, Col du Galibier, the Marmotte route etc.
Its very easy just to plan your own routes, its not like MTB’ing where everything’s hidden away, and theres lots of cafes and stuff on the routes.
I’d take your own bike if you’re riding for 4 days. Hiring seems to make more sense when its not a cycling holiday but you still want to get a ride in one day.Posted 4 years agoHazeSubscriber
Col d’Izoard is beautiful, can be done in a big loop from Briancon down to Guillestre then up and over.
Stunning riding all over, can’t wait to go back.
I’d certainly think more about taking your own bike, stick it on the rack and drive down…if there’s someone to share the driving you’re laughing 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Drive to Le Bourg d’Oisans with your own bike.
The day you arrive do the Col d’Ornon to get the journey out of your legs.
Day 1 Alpe d’Huez
Day 2 La Berade
Day 3 Cols du Glandon and Crok de Fer
Day 4 Col du Galibier via the Col du Lauteret
You won’t need to use your car at all whilst you are there to do these rides.
Eat well at the Tir Buchon.
Sip coffee and get free WiFi at the Cafe des Negotiants
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another +1 for velovation. had an excellent 3 days with them in june.
i reckon road holidays work better with a guide/van – i’d far rather do long climbs with just a couple of bottles, a tube, pump and multitool and going point to point than having to stay in one place (or drive each evening). certainly wouldn’t want to carry my stuff through the day.Posted 4 years ago
I will be in Bourg d’Oisans a week tomorrow , I will check out the hire bikes if you want.
Yes please, look forward to hearing about your trip, one thing that’s putting me off is I hear food & drink is expensive especially in mountain regions in France.Posted 4 years ago
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