The French Alps are magical playgrounds for road cyclists of all abilities. With so many mountain passes, valleys and roads to ride and stunning scenery every pedal of the way, the Alps are perfectly suited to the sport. Add to this the French culture of cycling and events such as the Tour de France and you can’t beat these locations!


Tignes, The French Alps

The cycling season generally starts as soon as the snow melts and the enthusiasts can get back on their bikes! It can be any time from the end of April, with higher altitude cols not reopening until the end of June. It is then possible to cycle all the way until October, unless winter comes early.

In Tignes there are numerous road cycling routes on the doorstep of Chalet Hotel Les Melezes, including the Col de Petit St Bernard, the Col de l’Iseran and the Cormet de Roselend. Shorter cycles to acclimatise are also in abundance, with Tignes Le Lac only 3km away and a beautiful cycle to Sassiere only 11km from Tignes Les Boisses. Many of the mountain passes are clearly signposted with kilometre markers to keep you motivated -or not as the case may be! If you are travelling by car, there are a vast number of cols and stunning routes you could cycle.

The area is well equipped for road cyclists, with several shops offering decent road bikes to rent, repairs, and guiding services. We are offering our own road cycling package, please see our Prices And Packages section for further details. Road cycling is such a big part of the local culture in the Alps and each year to celebrate this, a number of cols are closed off to cars for the day in an event called 1jour1col to allow cyclists to enjoy the roads with only their fellow cyclists as company.