Available Months May to September
Nights Available 4 Nights
Classic Climbs of the Alps: North France Clean Air, Classic Climbs & Empty Roads

Clean Air, Classic Climbs & Empty Roads

Four nights in the northern Alps taking in the best climbs in the region including the Roselend, Iseran, Madeleine & more. A long weekend packed full of iconic cols.

4 nights in 3* hotels
Return airport transfers
Daily group guided rides
All breakfast & dinners
Support van & mechanic
Optional Extras Bike Rental Available
Classic Climbs of the Alps: North by Sportive Breaks
Routes Details
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Ride Notes

The northern part of the French Alps are home to some beautiful and empty climbs. All the road traffic takes the main highways leaving the Colombiere, Roselend, Madeleine and almost empty except for happy cyclists from around the world. On this four night raid we start close to Geneva and ride the Colombiere, Roselend, Iseran, Lacets, Madeleine& more. Over a long weekend this is a classic climbers route in the Alps. We have options for early arrival on Wednesday and late departure on Sunday to add two more rides packing in 5 great Alpine rides into one long weekend.

Real Rider Reviews

Stephen, Tour of Flanders, 2017: "Organisation was perfect and marshalling superb. Hotel was great, staff were brilliant - definitely the right move to stay in Oudernaarde and will go back. "

Ride Highlights

  • Ride the famous Lacets

    Quickly become an Alpine classic following it's recent inclusion in the Tour, the Lacets de Montvernier squeezes 17 hairpins into 2.5km (as reference, Alpe d'Huez has 21 over 12km). Empty of cars this is a climbers paradise!

  • Get high on the Iseran & Roselend

    The Cormet de Roselend is one of the most stunning climbs in the Alps with amazing views and a thrilling descent. We also go over 1,900m three times (Roselend, Iseran & Madeleine) so expect some long climbs.

  • The beautiful Col de la Madeleine

    The road traffic in the Alps sticks on the main roads so the cols like the Madeleine are just for us. This long ascent is what the Alps are all about, incredible views, lush meadows and great road surfaces.

  • Finish on Lake Annecy

    One of the prettiest places in France, Lake Annecy is surrounded by mountains and offers picture postcard views. We finish here with an optional ride the following day over the great local climbs.

Trip Summary

  • 4 nights (Wed to Sun)
  • Moving hotels each night in a loop from Sconzier to Annecy
  • Riding the classic climbs of this part of the Alps
  • Pricing from £749
Routes Details

Route Overview

On arrival day we have an optional early transfer for anyone wanting a bonus ride on the Wednesday. The same applies for the Sunday where we offer a late transfer for anyone wanting to ride on this day too. Our main rides are:
Thursday: Sconzier to Bourg St Maurice - 108km, 3900m over the Colombiere, Aravis & Roselend.
Friday: Bourg St Maurice to St Jean de Maurienne - 123km, 2400m over the highest point of the trip, the Col de l'Iseran
Saturday: St Jean de Maurienne to Lake Annecy - 108km, 2800m over the Lacets & Madeleine
On Wednesday our optional ride takes in the Col de Ramaz and Joux Plane in a loop ride from our base in Sconzier (choice of 50km or 110km rides).
On Sunday we run an optional ride from Lake Annecy (90km).

Climbs at Classic Climbs of the Alps: North

Cormet de Roselend

Ride Distance 22km
Elevation Gain 5%
KOM  1hr24

Col d'Iseran

Ride Distance 37.4km
Elevation Gain 5%
KOM  1hr54

Col de la Madeleine

Ride Distance 17.6km
Elevation Gain 8%
KOM  56min33

Classic Climbs of the Alps: North Cycling Itinerary

Our four night break starts on Wednesday and the main rides are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We move hotels each day, our team will take your bags from reception and they will be in the next hotel before you arrive.


Day One Wednesday


Arrival day. Choose between arriving early in Geneva (by 10.30) and joining us for a warm up ride over the Ramaz & Joux Plane or come later and our mechanics will get your bike set up for the first big ride tomorrow.

Day Two Thursday

Sconzier - Bourg St Maurice

The Queen Stage. From the gun we are climbing starting with the delightful Col de la Colombiere. After the descent to le Grand Bornand we hit the Aravis and then head to Beaufort for lunch. From here we go over the Cormet de Roselend before descending to our stop for the night in Bourg St Maurice.

Ride Distance 108 km.
Elevation Gain 3900 m.

Day Three Friday

Bourg St Maurice - St Jean de Maurienne

An "easier" day after the Queen Stage. The main challenge of the day is the long and stunning Col de l'Iseran, the highest paved pass in Europe. From here we descend and then follow the Maurienne valley to our next stop in St Jean.

Ride Distance 123 km.
Elevation Gain 2400 m.

Day Four Saturday

St Jean de Maurienne - Lake Annecy

A classic day in the Alps. Out of St Jean we take on the iconic Lacets de Montvernier with it's 17 hairpins in 2.5km. From here we join the Col de la Madeleine and then the Tamie to our finish on the shores of Lake Annecy.

Ride Distance 108 km.
Elevation Gain 2800 m.

Day Five Sunday

Lake Annecy

Departure day. Choose between an early transfer home to get back in the morning or join us for one last ride over the Col de la Croix Fry & hitting some gravel on the Glieres.

Airport Transfers

Our team will be in arrivals waiting for you. We run two transfers on Wednesday and Sunday so you can either maximise your riding time or get back to your family for a full day on Sunday.


The drive to Sconzier takes approx 45 minutes.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Geneva (GVA)
11am (arrive by 10.30am)


The transfer from Lake Annecy takes approx 1 hour on Sunday.

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Geneva (GVA)
Depart after 1pm (transfer arrives at 11am)
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Our four night breaks include return airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinners and all your ride support. Our average group size is 8-12 and we have a road guide and mechanic in a support van to guide you on all the rides. Choose between a single room or twin / double package for two people.

Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  

Classic Climbs of the Alps: North
May to September

4 nights

Single Room £849
Twin Room £749
  • Return airport transfers
  • 4 nights in 3* hotels
  • All breakfast & dinners
  • Mechanics, support vehicles & ride nutrition
  • Daily guided rides
  • Flights
  • Lunches, drinks with dinner
  • Insurance, bike rental