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The Best Cycling Climbs in the French Alps


We are continually adding to our video portfolio of stunning climbs in the French Alps. We often cross over the border to Switzerland and Italy too where we have discovered some amazing riding and climbs. Please click the pictures below to visit the climb on our YouTube channel





Cormet de Roselend

Riding this Hors Catergorie Tour de France climb from the south side. This famous cycling climb starts in Bourg St Maurice.

Col des Annes

This stunning climb is little known. Starting the ride in Le Grand Bornand and winding up through the ski pistes and meadows, it's a great addition to the Col de la Colombiere - Col des Aravis loop.

Col de Joux Plane

A Tour de France climb that regularly features. It's the one where Landis did his miracle ride and Armstrong famously bonked. Cadel Evans attacked Bradley Wiggins on the descent into Morzine on the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine. This is the climb from Samoens side.

Emosson Dam

Before the 2016 Tour de France and the 2015 Criterium du Dauphine this epic Swiss climb was relatively unknown to cyclists outside our region. Just over the Swiss border from Chamonix Mont-Blanc, it's the Chamonix riders classic out and back ride first tackling the Col des Montets

Col de Sarenne

Everyone has heard of Alpe D'Huez however this stunning climb starts once you are at Alpe D'Huez summit. It's a brilliant warm up if you are in Alpe D'Huez for the Marmotte Granfondo Alpes.

La Montee du Plateau des Glieres

Unknown before the 2018 Tour de France, it was used again in the 2020 Tour de France. It's a brutal climb. You think you are at the summit, then the tarmac ends and a challenging gravel section takes you to the top.

Col de la Colombiere and the Col des Aravis

Riding the Colombiere Aravis loop anti-clockwise. The Aravis is one of the most stunning Cols in the Alps

Col de Romme

Tour de France regular. 9kms of 10%. Relentless

Col de Pierre carree

The longest Col in the Northern Alps that you have never heard of!

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