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Spectacular Alpine gravel roads of the Tarentaise Valley


Spectacular Alpine gravel roads of the Tarentaise Valley

Bike Touring Collection by cycliste_tricolore



34:15 h

223 mi

40,225 ft

Dive into the heart of the Alps in one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys, with the Tarentaise, a valley that leads you to the highest pass in Europe: the Iseran pass.

Here you'll find seven Alpine gravel Tours of different levels from the lower valley to the narrow and little unknown valleys between the balcony road and high altitude paths surrounded by eternal snow glaciers.

If I had to recommend a single Tour, I would recommend the one to the Col des Chavannes between France and Italy. It is the most challenging but by far the most beautiful gravel route to ride on a gorgeous summer day.

In general, I would advise you to equip yourself with wide and knobbly tyres. The Alpine gravel is highly demanding and requires good traction and comfort, and that's why I always use wide tires greater than 40mm width, the best is 45mm like the Raddler from WTB tires.

As for the rider's equipment, never forget that you are in the mountains, always take a lightweight rain jacket with you as the weather is unpredictable, and don't hesitate to fill up your bottles at water points as it happens to have long sections like on the Chavannes pass without fountains for several kilometers.

Personally, I am keen to be light on the bike with nothing in my jersey pockets to be as comfortable and agile as possible on the bike and during the few hike-a-bike sections. That's why I am a fan of saddlebags: compact and light that don't hinder the movements on the bike.

Finally, be careful and don't take any unconsidered risks, the practice of Alpine gravel must remain a pleasure.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 02:36
    19.3 mi
    7.4 mph
    3,425 ft
    4,850 ft

    Starting from the Restaurant du petit Hibou, this gravel road is easily accessible up to the foot of the Aiguille Rouge and then switches

    by cycliste_tricolore

  • 08:10
    44.1 mi
    5.4 mph
    9,500 ft
    9,325 ft

    By far one of the most beautiful traces of Alpine gravel, between France and Italy, this Tour crosses the Chavannes valley up to the

    by cycliste_tricolore

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  • 02:50
    20.5 mi
    7.2 mph
    3,150 ft
    3,200 ft

    This Tour takes in the gravel road to and from Val d'Isère. The gravel path starts at a high altitude lake, it's quite rolling and is

    by cycliste_tricolore

  • 06:11
    55.1 mi
    8.9 mph
    8,875 ft
    8,800 ft

    This is a classic loop of the Alps with the passage of the Col de Roselend, and what is more interesting is the return via the Cormet

    by cycliste_tricolore

  • 07:28
    45.8 mi
    6.1 mph
    6,175 ft
    6,075 ft

    Explore the lower Tarentaise Valley on little-used roads with a stop at one of the best restaurants in the valley, Le Petit Hibou.



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  • 02:36
    20.0 mi
    7.7 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,400 ft

    Great balcony summer roads and gravel above Bozel, without difficulty and stunning view to the end of the valley, many options available

    by cycliste_tricolore

  • 04:24
    18.2 mi
    4.1 mph
    5,700 ft
    2,500 ft

    Starting from the centre of the village of Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise, this Alpine gravel road will take you high up from the hamlet of Le

    by cycliste_tricolore

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    223 mi
  • Duration
    34:15 h
  • Elevation
    40,225 ft

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