Womens French Alps Cycling Tour

Womens cycling tour challenging Alpine Cols with lots of fun!

The Womens cycling tour is a highlight for all women cyclists, take your cycling to the next level in the French Alps.

With Practice Bicycle Tours you expect fully guided quality rides, unique small group cycling skill set, individual support and the tailored challenge. With a life time of cycling experience Bridget (Owner/Operator) has a love of cycling waiting to share with you, whether your ‘looking at the trees’ or ‘looking at the Alps’ it’s spectacular fun all the way.
Unpack Once & Ride Each Day with your Womens cycling tour comprising a selection of the best bike rides of your life all from your Hotel each morning in the beautiful town of Annecy. Bridget first challenged the French Alps in 1998 and soon discovered why she called it her ‘Cycling Paradise’. Now its your turn to find your cycling paradise as she shares the journey with you. Spectacular French Alps bike rides ridden together at the perfect pace, with a cycling story around every corner. Sometimes these stories can take your breath away as much as the unbelievable panoramic sights or your effort on the pedals.

Tailored Womens Cycling Tour

With the town of Annecy nestled at the base of the Northern Alps, you expect to find it surrounded by famous Tour de France Cols. That’s true they come in all shapes and sizes and your going to experience the perfect climbs tailored to your cycling ability. It’s more than only Cols, its about enjoying the moment together, the challenge on the bike and also the cafe and patisserie off the bike.
From Col de Leschaux (900m) to the Col de l’Epine (947m), from valley roads to country roads a selection of unique ride routes tailored for you as you too discover yourself in cycling paradise with this French Alps Womens cycling tour.

Challenging Fully Guided Bike Rides

You’re not on this cycling tour to tick boxes in the French Alps or get left behind. It’s not necessary to tick the box because there are to many cols to tick and our unique skill set is what sets us apart when it comes to group riding. With Bridget’s experienced legs sharing the ride with you and the complete support of the professional team with over 20 years of coaching and cycling knowledge. Experience the difference with this ultimate fully guided womens cycling tour.

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Women Bike Tours

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PB Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

Small Group

6 Guests

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Challenging  95km / 60mi per day

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Premium Tour:
4*Plus Hotel Accommodation AUD $4746 pp
4* Hotel Accommodation AUD $4429 pp
3* Hotel Accommodation AUD $3999 pp
2* Hotel Accommodation AUD $3627 pp
Rides Only:
Without Accommodation AUD $2608 pp

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Request a private, customised version of this tour for yourself or cycling group.

Centre Based Cycling

Annecy, France

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April – October

Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Distance

535km / 330mi

Elevation

6,550m / 21,500ft

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Single Room – AUD $998
Bike Hire – AUD $600

Annecy Centre Based Cycling

The Perfect Cycling Destination for Alpine Cols

When Practice Bicycle experienced the breathtaking town of Annecy and the French Alps in 1998 they new they had discovered the perfect cycling destination to enjoy Cycling in the French Alps.
Your cycling holiday does not have to be spent isolated on the side of a mountain to have fun in the French Alps. These Northern alpine cols are easily accessed from Geneva Airport. Offering the unique balance of the perfect stay in the town of Annecy with your cycling in the French Alps vacation.
Magnificent days spent cycling in tranquility with breathtaking scenery around every corner, with the luxury of returning to the chic town of Annecy to relax and enjoy everything that this “little pearl in the box” has to offer. Your very own “petit Paris” whilst on a cycling holiday with a difference.

After more than a few frustrating rides trying to get Garmin & Google Maps to play nice on unfamiliar roads in a different country, we decided to give guided tours a go for my 50th birthday holiday on Lake Annecy. What we found was a pure gem of a company in Practice Bicycle. Paul and Bridget are true professionals with decades of riding and racing experience (just Google Bridget’s palmares). They asked what kind of rides we wanted in terms of the terrain and time in the saddle and then all we had to do was enjoy the days. We rode on beautiful, low traffic rolling farm roads through gorgeous Alpine countryside at the perfect pace for both of us. Knowing the roads so well, PB gave us the option of coffee stops and we were also able to snap a few great photos of us along the way. We highly recommend them and will certainly call on them again!
Testimonial by M. Ferro – USA
M. Ferro – USA

Dates

Womens French Alps Cycling Tours operate throughout the European Summer. Click the Book Now button or Enquire to join this alps cycling vacation.

2024
  • 19 August — 26 August Book Now Enquire
  • 06 September — 13 September Enquire

Looking for a custom Womens French Alps cycling experience?

If you or your group of ladies want a tailored cycling week, don’t hesitate to contact us about arranging a Custom Womens French Alps Cycling Vacation!

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Favourite French Alps Cycling Itinerary

Total Distance 535km/330mi, Total Elevation 6550m/21500ft, Total Number of Cols 6

Favourite French Alps Cycling routes each day of 70-125km / 43mi -78mi & daily elevation of 770-1400m/2500-4600ft for experienced women cyclists.
Favourite French Alps Cycling
Arrival Day in Annecy
Arrival Time: 3.00pm

Welcome to your Favourite French Alps Cycling vacation. Today is arrival day with your private transfer from Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) to your hotel in the centre of Annecy.
Once checked-in, relax and take the time to enjoy one of the most stunning towns in the world, explore the medieval streets and the canals of the ‘Venice of the Alps’. Un-wind from your travels, take a leisurely drink and become a part of France for just a few days.
This evening we get together for welcome dinner a feast of French Flavours, the perfect preparation for your fantastic cycling days ahead

Favourite French Alps Cycling
Col de l’Epine Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 75km/47mi
Ascent 770m/2500ft

Start your Womens French Alps cycling tour with one of the most beautiful views of any bike ride on earth riding by the side of the spectacular turquoise waters of Lake Annecy. Enjoy the valley floor and stretch your legs as we soon turn onto the slopes of the Col de l´Epine (947m 7km @ average 7%) it’s hidden among the trees and zig zags up the side of the valley into the Alps. We like this Col because you feel hidden almost like you have disappeared whist your climbing, the truth is you can see everything, with amazing views all the way to the top. These views are priceless and a great reason that we choose to Practice Bicycle.
Once at the summit It’s easy to think we’re lost, we’re never lost, we just loose ourselves! Welcome to Bridget’s Favourite French Alps Cycling.

Favourite French Alps Cycling
Rhone River Bike Tour
Epic Ride Route:
Distance 110km/68mi
Ascent 1350m/4400ft
Bridget’s favourite French Alps cycling routes come in all shapes and sizes or should we say all distances and variety of terrain. One thing is certain some will be your favourites also! The Rhone River bike tour takes you on a big loop away from the Grand Alps to explore the edge of the pre-Alps. Mostly all downhill for the first 30km and a wonderful way to start the day. Once we are riding by the Rhone River, we’ll take a café stop in the town of Seyssel, the ideal place to refuel before we push on with this great endurance ride. We could ride these traffic free roads all day as we arrive at our crossing point over the Rhone at the Barrage-de-Genissiat we better head back otherwise we could end up in Switzerland.
We haven’t ridden over any major col’s on this cycling tour route, although we have seen them in every direction. After years of discovering these roads you can appreciate with Bridget how you will accomplish a lot of work together on these favourite French Alps cycling roads.
Favourite French Alps Cycling
Cruseilles Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 70km/43mi
Ascent 920m/3000ft

The legs might be humming a little this morning after yesterday’s Rhone River cycling tour. It’s only to be expected and another reason that Practice Bicycle know the French Alps and Bridget specializes in tailoring the fully guided Womens French Alps bike tour experience just for you.
Today it’s an adventure into the rolling roads of this ‘Cycling Paradise’ small country roads ridden at the perfect pace, your pace. Crossing the medieval suspension bridge of Les Ponts de la Caille, we can take a café break together in the town of Cruseilles.
These great cycling roads are like a spiders web, with tiny lanes shooting off in all directions, local knowledge is everything to ensure everyday is a great day when cycling in the French Alps. Passing among the fruit growing farms this loop keeps you completely focused on the ever-changing landscape.
Could this be your favourite cycling landscape too?

Favourite French Alps Cycling
Col du Frene Bike Tour
Epic Ride Route:
Distance 125km/78mi
Ascent 1250m/4100ft
This is a big one and our longest day on the bike together during the Favourite French Alps Cycling itinerary.
If Bridget’s favourites get a little tough for your cycling choice, we can always alter the days route or opt out with the support vehicle.
You will feel like your riding your own Tour de France stage with this huge loop, if your like Bridget she prefers the continuous cycling routes rather than the out and back on the same roads. The first half of today’s loop is mostly flat, valley floors all the way to the town of Albertville. We’ll have to stop here to refuel at one of our favourite Tea shops and I’m sure we can squeeze in one of Christophe’s amazing macaroons to keep our legs turning!
The next section of this loop is passing through the Savoie vineyards and these roads are perfect for tempo riding together before we arrive at the base of our days climb. It’s time for the small chainring and the Col du Frene (950m 9.6km @ average 6.9%), climbing alpine cols is about correct rhythm, technique and focus.
Discovery of this and every climb is fun with Bridget and Practice Bicycle Tours.
Favourite French Alps Cycling
Saint-Jean-de-Sixt Bike Tour
Epic Ride Route:
Distance 90km/56mi
Ascent 1400m/4600ft
If our legs were humming a couple of days ago, this morning they may still be buzzing after our epic cycling route together yesterday. With last night’s opportunity for full recovery, stretching, dinner and sleep, the one perfect location comes into its own league.
Every moment of your Womens French Alps Cycling Tour is focused on quality bike riding and adequate time for relaxation and recovery. It’s how we take ourselves to the next level of cycling.
Don’t worry about the humming legs, it happens to all of us. Small chainring start to the day, comfortable tempo, chatting and looking at the Alps and before you know it we’re back in the cycling groove together.
Bridget included this route into her Favourite French Alps Cycling, as it’s based on a French Cyclo-Sportive event that she often used in her preparations for bigger goals later in the year. Enjoy this amazing cycling into the Grand Alps as you will be riding on the same roads as the famous Tour de France route.
Favourite French Alps Cycling
Arith Bike Tour
Challenging Ride Route:
Distance 65km/40mi
Ascent 860m/2800ft

We can’t get enough cycling together with our Womens Cycling Tours, although we certainly keep trying. We make new friends and discover new levels of our own cycling ability when we experience these great cycling adventures together.
Let’s enjoy one more of Bridget’s rides with your Favourite French Alps Cycling itinerary and a route around the famous mountain of Semnoz. This area surrounding the forest mountain has an unbelievable network of roads that are perfect for cycling. We can’t say we leave the most favourite ride until last because they are all our favourites and undoubtedly they will be your favourite rides also.
The views on our return to Annecy are a priceless way to complete our cycling tour and no picture can appreciate these panoramic images better than with your own eyes, smile and laugh together in the French Alps one more time.

Favourite French Alps Cycling
Departure Day from Annecy
Departure Time: Midday
Departure Day and Its unfortunately time for your Womens French Alps Cycling Tour adventures to draw to an end.

PB Cycling Tours wish you ‘Bon Voyage’, safe cycling until we Practice Bicycle together again
Favourite French Alps Cycling Itinerary:
Total Distance 535km/330mi, Total Elevation 6550m/21500ft, Total Number of Cols 6

Tour Arrival & Departure Meet Point: Geneva International Airport (Switzerland).

Womens French Alps Cycling Tours are located in the ideal cycling destination and the the most beautiful destination in France, the town of Annecy. With the tour package including airport pick-up and drop-off to Annecy 3.00pm tour arrival and midday tour departure days.

We suggest International guests arrive 1 night prior to the tour to recover from your travels and adapt to the local time zone, our recommendation the
Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport which includes an Airport Shuttle.

Should you already be travelling in Europe you can join Practice Bicycle Tours in the town of Annecy, France by the following methods:

Air Travel: The closest airports to Annecy are, Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) a 45min transfer and Lyon Airport (France) 1.15hrs transfer.
Both these airports are serviced by many International carriers and low cost European airlines.

Bus Travel: Public Bus Transport operates between both Geneva and Lyon Airports to the town of Annecy, alternatively convenient Taxi and Private Transfer Services are available.

Train Travel: the Rail Europe TGV network brings you directly to the town of Annecy from many of the capital cities of Europe including Paris.

Car Travel: Many worldwide Car Rental companies are also available and the A41 French Autoroute network will bring you directly to Annecy.

For complete flexibility with your cycling vacation without using our accommodation our ‘Rides Only’ package is the perfect solution to enjoy this Womens French Alps cycling tour.

Arrange your own stay in the beautiful town of Annecy, which has a comprehensive selection of apartment accommodation available and come to the rides just like you would back home!
Each day you will join the PB Cycling Team at a central Annecy meeting point. Meet your ride leader and let the fun begin with a variety of challenging rides in the French Alps all from the one ideal location.

What’s Included:
* Airport pick-up & drop-off Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) (tour arrival 3.00pm & departure midday)
* Welcome dinner a feast of French flavours
* 6 amazing challenging rides in the French Alps the perfect cycling vacation
* Highly experienced PB ride leader, your perfect cycling companion
* Sports nutrition & drinks for every great ride
* Support vehicle for the daily rides

If you or your group are looking for a custom experience for your perfect French Alps cycling vacation Contact Practice Bicycle today!

Each of your amazing rides during your Womens French Alps Cycling Tour will be tailored specifically to your goals and your level of fitness, so every ride will be the best ride of your life.

The ‘Favourites of the French Alps’ itinerary offers a spectacular selection of ride routes suitable for the experienced women cyclist.  Offering a variety of challenging and epic rides with distances ranging from between 70-125 km / 43-79 mi.

With Bridget and the PB Team riding these wonderful roads since 1998 the ride options are endless with this Womens French Alps cycling holiday.  If Bridget’s ‘Favourites of the French Alps’ itinerary is a little too demanding, we also offer the French Alps Bike Tours with equally spectacular ride routes and less distance each day.

Practice Bicycle offer a choice of 4*Plus, 4*, 3* or 2* superior, quality air-conditioned hotel accommodation located in undoubtedly the most beautiful town in France, Annecy.
Ideal for the ‘solo traveller’ our choice 2* Hotel, is the perfect solution for an economical cycling vacation in the French Alps.
With a choice of fantastic, modern stays on offer, choose your style of hotel for you to unwind, relax and recover whilst you enjoy the best that Annecy offers.

4*Plus Best Western Carlton Hotel Annecy Centre

4 Star Best Western Plus Carlton Annecy Centre Ville          4 Star Best Western Plus Carlton Executive Room          4 Star Best Western Plus Carlton Buffet Breakfast

4* Novotel Annecy Centre Hotel 

Novotel Annecy Centre 4 Star France          Novotel Annecy Centre 4 Star Classic Rooms          Novotel Annecy Centre 4 Star Complete Breakfast Choice

4* Mercure Annecy Centre Hotel 

Mercure Annecy Centre 4 Star Hotel          Mercure Annecy Centre 4 Star Hotel Classic Rooms          Mercure Annecy Centre 4 Star Hotel Buffet Breakfast

3* Hotel Campanile Annecy Centre Ville

Hotel Campanile Annecy Centre 3 Star France          Hotel Campanile Annecy Centre 3 Star Standard Room          Hotel Campanile Annecy Centre 3 Star Continental Breakfast

3* Hotel de Bonlieu Annecy Centre Ville

Hotel de Bonlieu 3 Star Annecy Centre Ville          Hotel de Bonlieu 3 Star Annecy Centre Ville Bedroom          Hotel de Bonlieu 3 Star Annecy Centre Ville Buffet Breakfast

2* Hotel de Nord Annecy Centre Ville

2 Star Hotel du Nord Annecy Centre Ville          2 Star Hotel du Nord Annecy Centre Ville Double Room          2 Star Hotel du Nord Annecy Centre Ville Continental Breakfast

‘Unpack Once, Ride Everyday’
The one location bike tour experience is the brain child of Bridget Evans (Owner/Operator).  On retiring from professional cycling it was the pure pleasure of cycling that evolved the proven PB Tours philosophy of one location.  Including everything enjoyable and removing the less pleasurable is our goal of your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day is tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, recover and enjoy the experience of the destination before it is time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering the very best locations to Practice Bicycle, including the discovery of endless ride options exploring in every direction  from the one perfect location.
Experience the very best cycling of your life when you Unpack Once, Ride Everyday!

For your added convenience we welcome you in style with Dinner, a 3 course (Entree + Plat + Desert) feast of local French flavours.
Please note that drinks are not included in this trip package

In a world of ‘individuality’ and cyclists various taste buds and eating habits, this is the perfect trip for you to choose when to eat, what to eat and where to eat!
Whatever your preference, you will find more than a weeks’ choice of great restaurants and varieties of cafes all within a few strides from you hotel (for the tired legs!). Practice Bicycle are happy to recommend/assist for you great dinner suggestions!

Cafe/boulangerie stops are facilitated during your rides each days.

For your added convenience we have quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with your Womens French Alps Cycling tour.
Many of our guests prefer their own bikes for maximum cycling pleasure. Should logistics and travel arrangements make this too difficult then our bike hire is the perfect solution.
We have several brands available including Cannondale, Fuji, Lapierre all carbon bikes are recent models with Shimano Ultegra or 105 componentry.

Cannondale Synapse Carbon Road Bike Shimano compact 50,34 x 12-32          Fuji Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50,34 x 12-34          Lapierre disc brake Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50,34 x 12-32

Womens French Alps Cycling Tours include:

  • 6 amazing fully guided challenging rides in the French Alps the perfect cycling vacation!
  • 7 nights of quality 4*Plus, 4*, 3* or 2* hotel accommodation in the heart of the beautiful town of Annecy
  • 6 buffet breakfasts the perfect preparation for a challenging day of cycling
  • Welcome dinner a feast of French flavours
  • Support vehicle for the daily rides
  • Highly experienced PB ride leader, your perfect cycling companion.
  • Sports nutrition & drinks for every great ride
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) (tour arrival 3.00pm & departure midday)

Womens French Alps Cycling Tour Highlights:

  • Experience amazing small group riding together in the spectacular French Alps
  • Fully Cycling Guided with proven ride routes, no maps, GPS or getting lost.
  • Famous Alpine cols of the Tour de France all from your hotel each day
  • Variety of Bridget’s spectacular routes with Favourite French Alps Cycling (535km/330mi).
  • Sights & delights, Lake Annecy, Grand Alps, Rhone River, Bauges National Park, Val-de-Borne, Savoie Wine Terraces
  • Accomplish more cycling achievements in one week, than you thought possible during your Womens cycling vacation.
  • Fun and friendships all the way, both on and off the bike!
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