For global tourists, French Alps is amongst the must-see destinations when it comes to bike tours. The duration from the mid of April through the mid of October is the best season for areas below 1500 m, whereas for the ones with high altitudes it is the best to go through the mid of May through the end of September. The winter months that run from November to March are too cold to opt for French Alps cycling tours to enjoy the beauty of these picturesque mountains.
Most mountain passes measuring lower than 2000 m are closed during the winter season – from November to April (sometimes exceeded to May). The mountain passes measuring between 2000 m to 2500 m altitude are closed from late October to late May or early June. However, the mountain passes that are altitudes above 2500 m are usually blocked from the mid of October till early or mid of June.
The most prominent routes taken by bike tourists include:
Les Petis Balcons
This medium route runs 20 km with the constant up and down hills, starting from the Richard Bozon Sports Center through the tiny village of Le Lavancher. Paddling through Mont Blanc, you will experience the most breathtaking views of snow covered peaks.
Semnoz and Forclaz
This is a hard route that runs almost 80 km with two major climbs. Recommended for serious cyclists, this track runs from Quai de la Tournett through the bends weaving thick pine forests breaking out into alpine meadows at the summit of Semnoz.