France Cycling Routes


    A selection of the very best cycling routes in France, from our team based in this amazing & historic cycling country


Cycle routes & cycle tour ideas in France

‘Cycling routes in France’ – it’s a bit like saying ‘Cats eat Tuna!’ France and road cycling go together like the moon and the stars, and this historic cycling country has some of the best road cycling routes in the world.

We’ve increased our team of routes writers to bring you the very best road cycling routes in France, with cycle routes in the French Alps, routes in the French Pyrenees and cycling routes in Normany, the Loire and The Ardeche too. During 2020 and beyond, we’ll be increasing our database of well researched and detailed road cycling routes in France, to help you to choose the very place for a cycling holiday in this amazing country.

Image of Col de petit St Bernard by Andrew from Tagride France

Take a look at the selection of great road cycling routes in France below, click the links and start planning your own cycling holiday in France. If you’d like any further advice, simply email us, and we’ll be glad to help.

Mont Ventoux with Diane Vilarem

Mt Ventoux? The legendary climb. For whatever reason everyone kept talking about it. “Have you ridden Mt Ventoux yet? It’s awesome” If you google famous Col’s in France this one always pops up high up on the list. I had to find out why! Could it be even harder than the holy grail of the French Riviera - Col de la Bonette?
May 13, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

Col de Turini from Nice

The Col de Turini is a classic route in the hills close to Nice. It's featured on the Tour de France and is a favourite formany locals riders. Read Diane's account,as she chooses this as her first ever mountain col cycle route.
February 17, 2021/by Pedalnorth Website

Cormet de Roselend France

Sitting at an altitude of 1968m the Cormet de Roselend connects Beaufort(744m) in the Beaufortain valley in the west and Bourg-Saint-Maurice(840m) in the Tarentaise Valley to the east. The climb has a rich TDF history. It was first featured in the 1979 Tour de France and ten times since. In 2019 the climb was cut from the tour as a mudslide rendered the climb impassable. It returns in 2020 for stage 18 and just happens to follow our preferred route over the Cormet!
July 21, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website

Col de Petit St Bernard Cycling Route

One of the classics of the alps and steeped in history, it is believed the Carthaginian general Hannibal used this very route. The road connects Bourg st Maurice on the edge of the Isere in France with the Aosta Valley in Italy via the french resorts of La rosiere and La thuile on the Italian side.
June 26, 2020/by Pedalnorth Website
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Heart of France

If you’re looking for a spectacular cycling tour in northern France, then this is for you. A route from Mont St Michel to the heart of France and back.

L’Ardechoise 2019

The Ardéche is well known amongst those seeking to explore it's spectacular gorges and relax by or explore its meandering rivers. Many are unaware that the region consists of high mountains too, further south, reaching over 1750m
November 2, 2019/by Pedalnorth Website

Cevennes Gorges France

We have Phil Deeker of Rapha Cent Cols fame to thank for this, after we spotted some amazing photos on social media a couple of years ago, and also having watched Ray Meares' " Wild France" programme on TV. The region was described as being tranquil with a spectacular landscape; mountains, gorges and limestone plateaus.
February 20, 2019/by Pedalnorth Website

Mont Ventoux and Gorge de la Nesque

Cycle one the legendary and best road cycling routes in France. Mont Ventoux is a classic road cycling route and one of the very best in the world.
February 20, 2019/by Pedalnorth Website

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