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Supported Road Cycling Holidays in the French Alps

Supported road cycling holidays in the French Alps

Discover the stunning mountains and lakes of the French Alps like never before.

We all know the pull of replicating a part of the Tour de France and it's amazing routes through stunning scenery; add to that the fantastic weather in the French Alps in summer and you have an idyllic setting for a summer road cycling holiday. If you enjoy meeting new people and adventuring in a group, a supported cycle holiday provides the ideal opportunity to ride with cyclists from all over the world.

These trips include feed stations to top up the fuel. The support vehicle will help the group planning for the day's stage of the day and can cope with any situation, which is great for any sudden changes of weather for instance. Even though it is a supported road cycling holiday, you retain the flexibility to choose a day off if you wish to take in other experiences and sights.

Embark on your very own supported Alpine road cycling holiday

Why a supported road cycling holiday with Peak Retreats?

- luggage transfers
- chauffeur-driven support vehicle
- feed stations with water, energy drinks, snacks and fruit
- any departure dates on request for groups (6 persons minimum).

Which cycling equipment do I need to carry over?

You may want to use your own bike and full equipment, especially if you self-drive as it is handy to carry over.

But you don’t have to. Bike rental is available on request for all our cycling holidays from hybrid bikes, to full carbon racing bikes and electric bikes.

If renting a racing bike, you will be asked to bring your own shoes and pedals.  

Wearing a cycling helmet is compulsory (safety is key). If you can’t bring your own helmet, our specialist team on site will hand one to you - free!!

Please note that no cycling gear is available to hire - sorry. 

Go at you own pace

Touring isn’t racing, making it the perfect activity for all cycling enthusiasts.

No matter whether you cycle solo, as a couple, a family or a group of friends - make the most of this fantastic experience. Wether you ride as a whole party or join a group, you are entirely free to pedal at your own pace. Start and finish the stage in your own time.

How fit do I need to be?

You may be thinking that the French Alps is a step too far due to the mountains?

You could also be thinking that some of the road cycling routes in the French Alps are only for the elite?

The undulating roads of the Alps inevitably make it more challenging than if you were covering the equivalent distance on the flat at home. But our cycling specialists have designed itineraries to suit all levels, with a great mix of routes on offer from leisure cycling around lakes, right up to steep hill climbs.

We always recommend that you thoroughly plan your cycling holiday and do some training at home beforehand.

See below a description of our Grade 1, 2 and 3 tours to give an indication. If you are not sure which grade to choose from, please ask our specialist cycling advisors.

“Leisure” Grade 1 tours are definitely manageable for any occasional cyclist and families with teenagers. Route stages that are in our Grade 1 tours will be between 30-50 miles long with moderate elevation. Daily total climb between 400m/1312ft and 1000m/3280ft.

“Challenging” Grade 2 tours will please the regular cyclist. Families with fit teenagers are also welcome to join in.  Route stages that are in our Grade 2 tours will be between 30-70 miles long with significant elevation. Daily total climb between 1000m/3280ft and 4000m /13120ft

“Elite” Grade 3 tours are not for the faint hearted! They require serious training and some experience of hill climbing. They appeal to avid cyclists who want to experience the thrill of the real thing. Route stages that are in our Grade 3 tours will be over 60 miles on average with tough elevation of 3000m/3280ft per day on average.


Supported road cycling tours typically include:

  • Accommodation with a choice of rating & price
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinners (drinks not included)*
  • Full support through vehicle with driver
  • Luggage transfers
  • Feed stations with water, energy drinks, snacks and fruit
  • Marked maps and road book
  • Pre-loaded GPS unit (subject to availability)
  • Repair kit

Extras and payable add-ons:

  • Bike hire: a choice of hybrid bikes, full carbon racing bikes and electric bikes. See details
  • Racing bike pedals can be provided at extra cost. Please note cycling shoes are not available for hire.
  • Travel insurance

* In places like Aix-les-Bains or Annecy with a variety of places to eat, dinners do not have to be included

Confidence and safety on the tour

Making your cycling holiday an enjoyable and memorable experience

All our supported tours start with meeting our local team of cycling specialists. The team will take the time to:

  • Alter the bikes to everyone’s specifications to ensure a comfortable ride
  • Thoroughly explain the route and any navigation points (so you don't get lost)
  • Provide key information about the itinerary
  • Give a full safety brief ('keep right!', dealing with traffic, downhill hairpin bends etc.)
  • Explain when and how to use the repair kit.
  • Remind you that the support vehicle can provide assistance at any time if you are struggling or if you encounter a technical issue.

Supported Road Cycling Holidays for 2016

Below are examples of our supported road cycling tours available for summer 2016. Keep an eye on the grading difficulty and any specific dates and locations. 


"Leisure" Grade 1 road cycling tour

Available Tour: The Lakes (Geneva, Bourget & Annecy) |5 nights/6 days

Supported tour departure dates on request for groups 6 persons minimum from April to October.

This unique road cycling tour makes it possible for all riders to experience the captivating cycling routes of the French Alps without the concern of steep hill climbs. The three major lakes in the area (Geneva, Bourget and Annecy) define the stunning backdrop for this route, which follows the rivers. Historic villages, lush meadows and Alpine valleys are all showcased on this tour. Option include a "Challenging" Grade 2 itinerary.

More information on The Lakes cycling tour


"Leisure to Challenging" Grade 1-2 road cycling tour

Available Tour:  Spa & Gastronomy (Annecy - La Clusaz) |5 nights/6 days

Supported tour departure dates on request for groups 6 persons minimum from April to October.

This road cycling tour offers total flexibility with looped routes organized around 2 very prestigious hotels - the Imperial Palace in Annecy and the Coeur du Village in La Clusaz. During the mid-week switch between the two sites, your luggage will be transferred between hotels on your behalf. You will be free to take to the roads at your leisure or enjoy some highlights of wellness and gastronomy.

More information shortly


"A la Carte" (Samoens) | 3 days road cycling on a 7 day break.

Supported tour departure dates on request for groups 6 persons minimum from June to August.

Enjoy 3 days of Alpine road cycling out of a 7 day stay in self-catering residences in Samoens and Morzine.

More information shortly




"Challenging" Grade 2 road cycling tour

Available Tour: Portes du Soleil & Aravis (Geneva/Gaillard to Geneva) |4 nights/5 days

Supported tour departure on request for groups 6 persons minimum from April to October.

You'll be riding through unforgettable scenery on one of our most popular tours! Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc provide the perfect backdrop as each ride works its way round the mountains and skims the southern part of Lake Geneva. En route, you'll conquer some of this area's most famous climbs.

More information on the Portes du Soleil & Aravis cycling tour


"Elite" Grade 3 road cycling tour

Available Tour: Grands Cols (Geneva to Alpe d'Huez) |5 nights/6 days

Supported tour departing on 25th June 2016. Available from just 1 person.

Supported tour departure dates on request for groups 6 persons minimum from June to September.

This tour covers some of the most famous and popular routes from Geneva to Alpe d'Huez. Take on some of the French Alps' most memorable Cols, including Colombiere, Aravis, Saisies and Madeleine. The early part of the tour takes place on the classic Route des Grandes Alpes, a mountain route that links Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. Enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of nearby mountains then zip downhill on the twisty 20-km to the Maurienne Valley. The finish at Alpe d'Huez includes a legendary mammoth climb with graffiti from past Tours reminding you of the race's history since 1911.

More information on the Grand Cols cycling tour.

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