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Whether it be for the views, for the climbs or for the downhill descents, browse our list of the best mountain passes in France and make your next adventure one to remember. Contributed by the community, for the community, each mountain pass Highlight is a personal recommendation you know you can trust, so simply find your favorite and go.

The top 20 mountain passes in France

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    Mont Ventoux

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Mont Ventoux is of course an absolute "MUST" for every racing cyclist. And apart from the Tour de France hype about this mountain, it is simply beautiful - great …

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    Col du Galibier

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Galibier is a classic that you simply have to put on your To Do list if you're an ambitious racing cyclist. Apart from that, the Alps present themselves from …

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    Col de la Madeleine

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    A dreamlike road in the pine forest with small vines

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    Col des Tempêtes

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The storm pass is one of the last bends of the final ascent. We discover a magnificent view and very close is the memorial dedicated to Tom Simpson who died …

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    Magnificent viewpoint on the Route des Crêtes, located at the crossroads of the east-west and north-south roads, near the Grand Ballon.

    A renowned farm inn is located nearby, ideal for a lunch break between two cycling trips.

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    Col du Télégraphe

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Col du Télégraph is, so to speak, the “pre-pass” of the much more prestigious Galibier, but even if it is in his shadow: Without it, nothing works, you want …

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    Col de la Schlucht

    Hiking Highlight

    The Col de la Schlucht is one of the most famous passes in the Vosges and lies at 1,139 meters above sea level. In winter it is a winter sports …

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    Alpe d'Huez

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Originally, Alpe d'Huez was just a test-tube town for winter sports enthusiasts. But why not earn money in summer too? With the offer to let the entire peloton spend the …

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    Col du Lautaret

    Road Cycling Highlight

    From here you can easily go to the Galibier on a quiet street.

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    10

    Col d’Izoard (2,360 m)

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Mountain arrival on the Tour de France 2017! Grandiose climb from the south side, but not below 8% slope!

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    Col de l'Iseran

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Col de l'Iseran is with 2,764 meters the highest alpine pass ever. And that is exactly what makes it unique: While you are surrounded on many other passes by …

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    12

    Col de Suzette

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A great climb from all directions

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    Col d'Aspin

    Road Cycling Highlight

    If you want to choose the simpler option, you can drive to Col d'Aspin from Ste. Marie-de-Campan. If you prefer the more beautiful landscape, start in Arreau. Both climbs are …

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    Col de la Croix de Fer

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Col de la Croix de Fer is not on the Route des Grandes Alpes. And that's definitely an advantage in this case! The tourist flows on this pass are …

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    Col De Vence

    Road Cycling Highlight

    It is said that Alberto Contador rode this 9.7km stretch, which rises 643m and averages 6.6%, in less 24 minutes. Mere mortals who do it in less than 35 should …

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    Col du Galibier

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Col du Galibier is undoubtedly one of the most famous classic climbs of the Tour de France. Not without reason he is also called the roof of the tour. …

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    Col de Vars

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Col de Vars (2109 m) is an important link between the Guil valley in the north and the Ubaye valley in the south. It connects the famous Col d'Izoard …

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    Col de la Colombière

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The pass connects the Arve valley at Cluses with the Borne valley at Grand Bornand and a fixed point at the French Alpine crossing of the Route des Grandes Alpes. …

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    Cormet de Roselend

    Road Cycling Highlight

    One of the most varied routes in the Alps! The pass connects Albertville in the west with Bourg St. Maurice in the east. Further down at the Col de Méraillet …

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    Col du Soulor

    Road Cycling Highlight

    At the top of the pass there is a nice view of the coming kilometers to the Aubisque and the surrounding mountains. The driveway from the east can be an …

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