Across the Alps – South

Across the Alps – South

Across the Alps South

Discover the breathtaking Grand Cols
of the Southern French and Italian Alps.

FROM BARCELONNETTE TO BARCELONNETTE

Bonjour and ciao! Across the Alps South is a climbing stage tour through the French and Italian Alps which starts and finishes in Barcelonnette. Your climbing legs will be put to the test in this breathtaking tour over mythical Alpine cols. In a prologue and 6 stages you cycle 750 kilometres, climb 17 cols and conquer 20,000 metres altitude. Would you rather choose the slightly less difficult red routes? Then you´ll cover 700 kilometres and climb ‘only’ 17,500 metres altitude. Along the way we encounter the following Alpine giants: Col du Glandon, Gol du Galibier, Col d’Izoard, Colle di Sampeyre, Colle della Fauniera and Cime de la Bonette. This tour is for trained cyclists who climb easily.

Stages

Prologue + 6

 

Overnight stays

7

best time of year

June
September

Toughness

5 stars

 

Kilometres

Red routes: 700

metres altitude

Red routes: 17,500

across the alps south

DISCOVER AN UNKNOWN PART OF THE FRENCH ALPS

We start in the nice mountain town of Barcelonnette with a simple prologue that we complete as a group. The tour starts through a lesser known, but beautiful part of the French Alps. We cross Lac de Serre Ponçon and cycle around the Parc National des Écrins, towards Le-Bourg-d’Oisans. Along the way we climb Col de la Moissière (1,573 metres) and Col d’Ornon (1,371 metres). We arrive in a well-known cycling area and finish with Col du Glandon (1,924 metres). This is the first col of la Marmotte and the Glandon is also no stranger to the Tour de France. In the 2022 Tour, Tom Pidcock won on Alpe d’Huez after an unprecedented descent of the side of the Glandon that we climb.

‘This tour is for trained cyclists who climb easily.’

ON THE TRAIL OF LA MARMOTTE

We continue our way over the route of la Marmotte with Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier (2,642 metres); these Grand Cols devide more than 35 kilometers and 2,000 metres altitude among themselves! Col du Galibier needs no introduction. It is one of the highest cols in France and has been included in the Tour countless times. With Col d’Izoard (2,361 metres), we have another absolute Tour classic on the program. This Grand Col is known for its mighty rubble slopes and the remarkable monument on the top. Then we ride into Italy via the mystical Col Agnel (2,744 metres). Benvenuto! You immediately notice that the roads are a lot quieter here and life is lived in a lower gear. 

ITALIA AND CIME DE LA BONETTE

In Italy we climb the fantastic Colle di Sampeyre (2,274 metres) and Colle della Fauniera (2,481 metres). In our opinion, these are two of the most beautiful cols in Europe, which are worth every drop of sweat! In this remote part of Italy you will more than once feel like you have reached the end of the world. After we entered France, a last tough challenge awaits us; Cime de la Bonette (2,802 metres), the highest asphalted road in Europe (according to the French)! The climb is long and tough, especially the last loop. While you enjoy the majestic view at the top, you slowly realize that you have achieved a very special achievement!

What's included in the price?

The price includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in nice, cycle-friendly hotels (minimum 3 stars) on the route (double room, 7 nights)
  • Breakfast (7 times) and dinner (7 times)
  • Participation in the stages prepared by Grand Cols Cycling Tours (prologue on the day of arrival + 6 stages)
  • Professional, digital road book with all relevant route information
  • GPX files for uploading routes to navigation devices
  • Picnic lunch, coffee stop with good coffee and sports nutrition (sports drink, water, bars, etc.) during the stages
  • Support during the stages with a support car, for example: handing over clothing and carrying out minor repairs
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • The use of a bicycle pump, lubricant and bicycle tools
  • Grand Cols Cycling Tours cycling jersey (contact us if you would like to design a custom jersey)
  • Participation in the VZR guarantee scheme

The price does not include:

 – The outward journey to the starting location and the return journey from the finish location
 – Personal insurance, such as travel and cancellation insurance
 – Drinks during the dinners
 – Equipment (you participate with your own equipment, such as: bike, helmet and clothing)

Optional extra:

  • Upgrade to a single room € 210, –
  • Additional overnight stay (without dinner) before the start of the cycling tour (double room): € 100, –
  • Commonly used spare parts, such as: tyres, cleats and batteries (at cost price)

Anything else? Let us know! 

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Be enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites and explore the roads you know from the Giro d’Italia.

FROM SÖLDEN TO SÖLDEN

Ciao ragazzi! The Italian Dolomites are among the most beautiful cycling areas in Europe. Perfectly maintained roads run through beautiful, rugged mountain scenery. To save travel time, and because Tirol has some fantastic climbs that should be ticked off your list, we start and finish in Sölden, Austria. We will ride a tour with a prologue and six stages. Along the way, we will climb the following mythical Grand Cols: Timmelsjoch, Passo di Sella, Passo Pordoi, Rifugio Auronzo, Passo di Giau, Passo di Fedaia, Mendelpass, Passo del Rombo and Retten bachferner. This is a tough mountain tour for well-trained cyclists with climbing experience. In this round you will cover 680 kilometres and overcome a total of 19,000 metres altitude or 700 kilometres and 17,500 metres altitude if you choose the red routes.

STAges

Prologue + 6

 

overnight stays

7

best time of year

June
September

Toughness

5 stars

 

KIlometres

Red routes: 700

metres altitude

Red routes: 17,500

across the alps south

THE ÖTZTALER RADMARATHON AND SELLARONDA

We start our Giro delle Dolomiti in the Austrian ski resort of Sölden. After an enjoyable prologue, where you gently shake off your legs, we skip the après-ski and climb the Timmelsjoch (2,474 metres), the more friendly side of the final col of the Ötztaler Radmarathon. This Grand Col forms the border between Austrian Tirol and Italian Süd Tirol. We descend to Sankt Leonard in Passeier (German is the first language in this part of Italy). From here, we ride towards the illustrious Dolomite cols and soon join the route of the famous Sellaronda, including Passo di Gardena (2,121 metres), Passo di Sella (2,244 metres) and Passo Pordoi (2,239 metres).

‘Perfectly maintained roads run through the beautiful, rugged landscape of the Dolomites.’

STEEP, STEEPER, STEEPEST

In the famous area known from the Maratona dles Dolomites there are few flat metres to be found; you climb or you descend. The climbs are irregular with many steep sections. The metres altitude increase quickly as we attack the short, ultra steep climb to Rifugio Auronzo (2,357 metres). Some great champions won here in de Giro d’Italia, such as: Gimondi, Merckx and Nibali. The Passo di Giau (2,236 metres) and Passo di Fedaia (2,057 metres) also have very steep finals. Perhaps that is precisely why Jai Hindly in 2022 waited until the last kilometres of the Fedaia before making his decisive break. He defeated Richard Carapaz and won the Giro d’Italia.  

HIGH, HIGHER, HIGHEST

After a loop over the Passo San Pellegrino (1,918 metres) and Passo di Valles (2,032 metres) we leave the famous Dolomites area. Don’t worry, there are still a few beautiful cols waiting for us. Via the Mendelpass (1,363 metres) we cycle towards the romantic town of Merano, where Empress Sissi used to stay. We ride over the long, grueling final col of the Ötztaler Radmarathon back to Austria. This is indeed again the Timmelsjoch, which is called Passo Rombo in Italian. If you still have energy left, you can enjoy yourself on the very steep Ötztaler Gletscherstraβe towards the highest climb in Austria: the Rettenbachferner (2,795 metres).  

What's included in the price?

The price includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in nice, cycle-friendly hotels (minimum 3 stars) on the route (double room, 7 nights)
  • Breakfast (7 times) and dinner (7 times)
  • Participation in the stages prepared by Grand Cols Cycling Tours (prologue on the day of arrival + 6 stages)
  • Professional, digital road book with all relevant route information
  • GPX files for uploading routes to navigation devices
  • Picnic lunch, coffee stop with good coffee and sports nutrition (sports drink, water, bars, etc.) during the stages
  • Support during the stages with a support car, for example: handing over clothing and carrying out minor repairs
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • The use of a bicycle pump, lubricant and bicycle tools
  • Grand Cols Cycling Tours cycling jersey (contact us if you would like to design a custom jersey)
  • Participation in the VZR guarantee scheme

The price does not include:

 – The outward journey to the starting location and the return journey from the finish location
 – Personal insurance, such as travel and cancellation insurance
 – Drinks during the dinners
 – Equipment (you participate with your own equipment, such as: bike, helmet and clothing)

Optional extra:

  • Upgrade to a single room € 210, –
  • Additional overnight stay (without dinner) before the start of the cycling tour (double room): € 100, –
  • Commonly used spare parts, such as: tyres, cleats and batteries (at cost price)

Anything else? Let us know! 

Want to know more?

Discover the Giro delle Dolomiti

Are you interested in this cycling tour? Request more information without obligation.

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Take up the challenge and discover the most beautiful routes of the Grand Cols with us.

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