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France’s breathtaking Alpine world — road bike routes around Maurienne

France’s breathtaking Alpine world — road bike routes around Maurienne

Road Cycling Collection by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourisme

13

Tours

33:56 h

257 mi

59,150 ft

By road bike, e-bike or mountain bike; there are many ways to discover the Maurienne Valley. Whichever bike you take, you’ll discover mythical passes, secret roads and extraordinary sites and in this Collection, you’ll find all the information to make your stay in this Alpine wonderland unforgettable.

Today, there are more than 60 road routes to explore in Maurienne Valley. More than 100 establishments with the ‘welcome cyclist’ label (‘Accueil Vélo’) are ready to welcome you and offer you the best service and, if you opt for electric assistance on your day trips or more demanding tours, around 300 rental e-bikes are yours to choose from.

Every summer, the valley attracts professionals and amateurs alike during its 30+ cycling events: The Tour de France, Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, La Marmotte, the Trans-Maurienne MTB race and La Trilogie de Maurienne, to name but a few. Riding here means you’re in excellent company.

The Maurienne Valley is an exceptional playground for all cyclists in search of challenges. Equally, it remains a destination appreciated for its authentic character and breathtaking panoramas. Take the time to admire and enjoy this dreamlike mountain scenery because the valley is more than its mythical cols - it is a legendary place.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Col de la Madeleine – Itinéraires pour vélo de route en Maurienne

    Difficult
    02:26
    12.3 mi
    5.1 mph
    5,000 ft
    25 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    A single ascent that is "only" 20 kilometers long, is it worth it? The answer to this question can only be: absolutely! On this tour there is actually only this one ascent in front of you, but the 1,520 meters in altitude to the pass are really quite a chunk. So it's no wonder that countless testimonials

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  • Difficult
    04:49
    44.0 mi
    9.1 mph
    7,850 ft
    7,850 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Galibier was once the first alpine pass to be crossed as part of the Tour de France. That is why there is a memorial stone in honor of its founder Henri Desgrange on the south side, just below the top of the pass. There is no shortage of real Tour De France flair on this ascent, which, by the way

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  • Difficult
    02:21
    12.5 mi
    5.3 mph
    4,775 ft
    225 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The Col du Glandon is undoubtedly one of the most demanding passes in the Maurienne. You screw your way up a 20-kilometer driveway from Saint-Marie-de-Cuines, taking gradients of over 10 percent under your wheels. You follow in the footsteps of the Tour de France, which has already crossed this pass

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  • Difficult
    02:59
    18.3 mi
    6.1 mph
    5,875 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Under "normal" circumstances you would probably not even know the Col de la Croix de Fer, because it is off the usual tourist routes. But what is normal when you climb 1,790 meters up the mountain on a racing bike? This pass has already been part of the Tour de France 19 times, making it a real classic

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    39.0 mi
    9.2 mph
    6,725 ft
    6,725 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The tour has it all: At 63 kilometers and with just over 2,000 meters of altitude you combine the Col de Glandon and the Col de la Croix de Fer. This results in a round tour through the magnificent mountain world of the Maurienne, which is second to none.

    Start is in Saint-Jean de Maurienne, which is

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  • Difficult
    01:36
    8.41 mi
    5.3 mph
    3,275 ft
    150 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Col de l’Iseran is one of the highest alpine passes ever: Your tour starts at 1,800 meters above sea level and climbs up to 2,764 meters. The starting point Bonneval-sur-Arc is a typical Savoyard, authentic mountain village and is one of the most beautiful villages in France.

    Are you ready for the

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  • Difficult
    03:11
    31.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    4,500 ft
    4,500 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The circuit begins in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and leads over the spectacular hairpin bends of Montvernier and on to the Col de Chaussy. In just four kilometers you screw your way up 350 meters in altitude in no less than 18 curves, which already appear dizzying on the map, up to Montvernier.

    

    From there

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  • Intermediate
    01:38
    11.3 mi
    6.9 mph
    2,900 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The prestigious Col du Mont Cenis marked the border between France and Italy until 1947. The tour takes you to the 2,000 meter high pass, where the picturesque view of the Lac du Mont Cenis reservoir awaits.

    It starts in Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis, here you can stock up on your provisions and fill up with

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  • Difficult
    02:56
    27.1 mi
    9.2 mph
    4,675 ft
    4,675 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This tour is similar to the tour of the Albiez, but you pack a few more meters on top and climb the Col du Mollard. Then it goes back down via an alternative downhill route.

    You start in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and climb the countless hairpins through the wonderfully quiet forest. After Albiez-les-Jeunes

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  • Difficult
    02:24
    23.5 mi
    9.8 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This extraordinary round trip begins with the ascent to Albiez-le-Jeune, which includes over 40 hairpin bends! It continues below the Aiguilles d'Arves and ends with a steep descent through the Combe des Moulins, where the famous Opinel knife was born. If you want to extend the tour, take a look at the

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  • Difficult
    01:35
    9.10 mi
    5.8 mph
    3,100 ft
    75 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    You start in Modane, which has excellent connections with Intercité and TGV. In total, you climb 940 meters in altitude to the Lac de Plan d’Aval mountain lake.

    

    Shortly after you set off, you will pass the Rochet des Amoureux, a popular spot for climbing enthusiasts, just before Villarodin-Bourget. Maybe

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  • Difficult
    02:08
    9.73 mi
    4.6 mph
    3,875 ft
    350 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    The scent of alpine flowers is in the air and a marmot peeks out from behind the rock: on this tour you can expect pure mountain atmosphere! From Termignon you drive through the Vanoise National Park and have the opportunity to let your gaze wander over the Vanoise glaciers.

    Your starting point Termignon

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  • Difficult
    01:39
    10.2 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,150 ft
    375 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Your tour starts in Aiguebelle, where you can travel comfortably by train. Now it goes with a largely moderate incline to the small village of Saint-Georges-d’Hurtières, where you can recharge your batteries and gain momentum for the upcoming ascent.

    From now on it's about ten kilometers uphill to the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    257 mi
  • Duration
    33:56 h
  • Elevation
    59,150 ft

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