Cycling famous Cols on classic French Alps bike tours

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.

Unpack Once & Cycle everyday with a choice of French Alps bike tours, offering the very best selection of bike tour routes in the Alps with a combination of breathtaking, tailored and epic rides. Challenging weeks of French Alps cycling designed and proven with over 20 years of unique local 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, culminating in an unforgettable cycling experience.

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

Looking to ride a Col today?

Training CampsIf you only have a short stay in Annecy take a French Alps challenge for your perfect ride with a Annecy Day Tour!

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Cycling Training

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Challenging – From 90 km to 120 km/day

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Gold: 4* Hotel accommodation, $2281 per person
Silver: 3* Hotel accommodation, $1981 per person
Bronze: Rides Only, $1172 per person

Or make it custom, from $2181 per person

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May – October

Location

Annecy, France

Duration

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

Dates

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

2019
  • 23 September — 29 September Enquire
2020

Looking for a custom French Alps experience ?

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

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Itinerary

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 bike tours, 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 a selection of the best rides of your life during your cycling Col’s 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 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.

With a choice of French Alps cycling itineraries offering an amazing choice of ride routes from 90km /55 mi – 120km/75mi

Practice Bicycle choose proven quality, air-conditioned 3* & 4* Hotel accommodation located in 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 Bike Tours are based on the magnificent roads surrounding the town of Annecy offering amazing French Alps cycling.
By Air: Geneva Airport (Switzerland) 45min and Lyon Airport (France) 1.15hrs are the closest airports to Annecy, serviced by many International and low cost European airlines.
By Bus: Public transport operates between the airports and Annecy alternatively Taxi and Private transfer services are available.
By Car: If arriving by car the A41 French Autoroute network will bring you directly to Annecy.

The French Alps Bike Tours do not include vehicle support/transfers to maintain the greatest value and flexibility to our cycling guests.

The team have over 20 years’ experience riding the amazing network of French Alps cycling roads that are available to you, this allows us to tailor each daily ride to the requirements of our guests. Not only do we plan the perfect week of French Alps Cols cycling we also have a unique skill set and unparalleled local knowledge of the roads which allows for the flexibility to alter or shorten ride routes should it be required.

If you prefer a more relaxed, premium quality cycling holiday including vehicle support and restaurant lunches, take a look at our Signature Annecy Bike Trips

Your ‘French Alps Bike Tour’ 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 Bike Tours 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