Cycling famous Cols, spinning your pedals to the top of the world

Come and ride past and present classic Tour de France cols in the French Alps right from the doorstep of your hotel at the perfect cycling location Annecy.

Practice Bicycle bike tours are specialists, offering the very best selection of bike tour routes in the Alps with a combination of breathtaking, tailored and epic rides. Challenging weeks designed and proven with many years of unique knowledge of the roads of the French Alps including the ultimate challenge with ride routes based on the alpine stages of the Tour de France past and present, culminating in an unforgettable cycling experience.

Your French Alps Cols cycling package can be tailored to your current experience and ability or cycling goals.  Prepare for your event, improve your climbing technique or just take the challenge of historic ride routes and current Tour de France Col’s all in one French Alps Cols bike tour with the professionals in the Alps.

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Training CampsIf your passing through Annecy take a French Alps challenge for your perfect ride with a Annecy Day Tour!

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Training Camp

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Challenging – From 90 km to 130 km/day

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Gold: 3* Hotel Splendid Executive accommodation, $2281 per person
Silver: 3* Hotel Splendid accommodation, $1981 per person
Bronze: Rides Only, $1172 per person

Or make it custom, from $2181 per person

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May – October


Annecy, France


7 Days / 6 Nights

Group Size

2 to 6 people

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Single room – $540
Bike hire – $600

Your Ride Leaders

Paul Hughes and Bridget Evans own and operate Practice Bicycle tours and have significant experience at the highest levels of international cycling, with over 20 years riding on the roads of the French Alps available to you.

This team has extensive coaching knowledge & experience of all cycling ability levels and age groups including teams at professional elite racing level.  In addition Co-owner Bridget Evans a very accomplished bike rider in her own right offers a wealth of knowledge and experience acquired as a professional bike rider on the world tour for over 10 years competing in many prestigious international races with great success.

These unique skills ensure that each of your daily rides make for the perfect cycling in the French Alps week.

We would personally like to thank you guys for our Custom French Alps Cols Training this week... We had a ball and you were able to take all the stress out of what could easily be a very difficult place to navigate around should you not have local guides. Your knowledge and advice prior and during the training rides was second to none and catering for the three of us and the Alps climbs on our wish list was extremely supportive and accommodating. Again well done and I would highly recommend Practice Bicycle Tours to anyone traveling to the French Alps and looking for a fully catered and well organized tour.
Testimonial by S. Webber, B. Hall, C. Dennison – Australia
S. Webber, B. Hall, C. Dennison – Australia


We run our French Alps Cols Bike Tour between May and September.  Below are all our scheduled small-group weeks for this French Alps Cols package.


Looking for a custom French Alps experience ?

If you or your group want a tailored training week, don’t hesitate to contact us about arranging a Custom French Alps Cols Bike Tour!

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French Alps Cols Day 1: Arrival in Annecy French Alps
If you arrive by plane, Geneva International Airport, Switzerland is a short transfer to Annecy, France, where we assist you with check in to our hand-picked hotel accommodation in the centre of Annecy

But the first day isn’t just for relaxing! After you have checked in, we will get on our bikes and prepare the legs with your first welcome ride and introduction to the French Alps in Annecy!

French Alps Cols Day 2-6: Challenging & Epic Rides
The numerous French Alps Tour de France Legendary Cols available are just the start of what is on offer at the French Alps experience, all from your front door of your hotel each morning! In cycling paradise we have an endless variety of challenging & epic ride routes including spectacular cols ranging from Semnoz (1665m) HC 10.7km @ 8.5% to the Col des Aravis (1486m) – 11.5km @ 5% and you’ll get to experience the best of them with this first-class challenging Tour de France col’s cycling week.

The epic bike rides on offer include the final mountain stage of the 2013 Tour de France, Annecy – Semnoz (125km) supported all the way with the professionals in this mecca of cycling in the French Alps. Your challenge is about tailoring and with our world class coaching skills and unique knowledge of the roads of the French Alps, expect only the best ride routes and personal gains from this amazing French Alps cycling week.

French Alps Cols Day 7: Departure from Annecy French Alps
Today is your departure day and the end of your challenging French Alps Col’s cycling week it’s time to pack your bike ready for your onward journey from Annecy. We wish you great cycling until we Practice Bicycle together again.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or have only recently picked up the passion for cycling, the variety of terrain and routes on offer in this cycling paradise in the French Alps is unbelievable.

Each of your epic rides during your French Alps Cols Bike Tour will be tailored specifically to your goals and your level of fitness, so every ride will be exactly challenging enough for your own level of experience throughout the week.

Practice Bicycle choose proven quality, air-conditioned Splendid Hotel 3* accommodation located on the shore of Lake Annecy and at the base of the French Alps.  With all modern amenities Annecy is perfect for all your recovery and relaxation needs – ‘Cycling Paradise’

Absolutely! Look for our ‘Rides Only’ package to get on this French Alps Cols week without using our accommodation.
Organise your own stay in Annecy and come to the rides just like you would back home!
Each day you will join the Practice Bicycle Team at a central meeting point in the town of Annecy. For a variety of superb challenging training rides on the most mythical cycling routes in the French Alps including iconic cols of the Tour de France.

The French Alps Cols Bike Tour is based on the magnificent roads of Annecy the French Alps.
Geneva (Switzerland) 45min and Lyon (France) 1.15hrs are the closest airports to Annecy, serviced by many International and low cost European airlines.
Public transport buses operate between the airports and Annecy alternatively Taxi and Private transfer services are available.
If arriving by car the A41 French Autoroute network will bring you to Annecy.

Your ‘French Alps Cols’ includes:

  • 6 challenging & epic rides in the French Alps the ultimate cycling experience!
  • 6 nights 3* quality hotel accommodation in the centre of Annecy
  • 6 continental buffet breakfasts to fuel up for the day
  • Highly experienced French Alps ride leader & professional cycling coach
  • Powerades & sports nutrition for each ride

French Alps Cols Bike Tour Highlights:

  • Experience quality riding with over 20 years French Alps cycling and coaching
  • Proven choice of challenging & epic ride routes, no maps or GPS required
  • 20 classic French Alps cols from previous Tour de France editions all from your hotel
  • Challenging variety of proven bike riding routes the Yellow & Polka Dot (400km / 250miles  – 700km / 435miles)
  • Achieve more great cycling in one week than you thought possible with your French Alps Cols cycling package