Classic col climbs in the French Alps 

Ride epic Tour de France cols and other high altitude road climbs straight from base

Climb a different col every day, mixing and matching ride lengths, altitude and gradients according to your appetite and stamina. There are plenty of high altitude mountain passes to choose from in our local area, and as an added bonus, our luxury cycling chalet is in the valley, so you ride out and return along the flat each day.

You can plan your own routes, or choose from our collection of maps, route notes and guides. We can also provide drop offs/pick ups and a support vehicle if required (minimum 4 riders, extra charge). If you get stuck and a driver is available, we’ll send out our very own broom wagon to rescue you (extra charge).

Self-guided road climbs from the door

Our fantastic location in the Tarentaise valley gives you a wide choice of road climbs that you can ride in one day or less (including four often in the Tour). You start from and finish at the chalet on your bike!


– Col du Petit St Bernard

– Col de l’Iseran

– Cormet de Roselend

– Col du Madeleine

– Col de la Bathie

– Notre Dame du Pre

– Grand Naves

– Col de la Coche

– La Plagne

– Les Arcs

– Tignes Val Claret

– Courchevel

– Val Thorens

– Cormet d’Areches

– Col du Pret 

Over 100 more alpine road climbs nearby!

If our local rides are not enough to keep you busy, there are many more high altitude col climbs in the area (the Savoie alone has over 90!). Here are just a few accessible within 1 to 2 hours drive, including Alp d’Huez. We can provide drop offs/pick ups and a support vehicle too if required.


– Col du Tamie

– Col des Aravis

– Col des Saisies

– Alp d’Huez

– Col du Chaussy

– Col du Joly

– Le Semnoz / Cret de Chatillon

– Col de la Forclaz & loop of Annecy Lake

– Col de l’Epine

– Col de l’Arpettaz

– Col du Glandon

– Col du Galibier

– Col du Telegraphe

– Col de la Croix de Fer

Short local climbs & easy ambles

Short local climbs & easy ambles

Want to acclimatize, cool down or take it easy for a bit? Try one of the shorter local climbs or go for a gentler ride along the river valley cycle path.

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