Cols of the Alps Classic Cycle Climb


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Cycling from the shores of Lac du Bourget in Aix-Les-Bains to the Mediterranean in Nice. Three days of epic riding amongst some of the most famous Cols of the Alps.

3 days guided cycling


9,100m of elevation

Fully supported event

All inclusive so all you have to do is ride

Best cycling mid June to mid September


Day 1

Cyclists fly out to France and make their way to Aix-Les-Bains. Register with the pie team on arrival, followed by dinner and the Event briefing.

Day 2 Aix-Les-Bains to Le Monetier-Les-Bains150km distance 3225m of ascent

We start the day with a short spin next to the lake out of Aix-Les-Bains, before heading into the hills. The main focus of the day is the Col du Galibier – we approach from the north with a 35km climb, gaining 2120m in height at an average gradient of 6.1% (maximum gradient is around 10%). Mercifully, the route then takes us downhill all the way to the hotel. Dinner will be taken at the hotel, or in a local restaurant.

Day 3 Le Monetier-Les-Bains to Pra-Loup 125km distance 3353m of ascent

Today is “double col day”, with the route being divided into two sections with almost identical climbs. It’s uphill straight out of the hotel door as we begin our ascent of the first col of the day – the famous Col D’Izoard. The climb from Briancon is 19km long, with an 1100m gain in height at an average gradient of 5.8% and a maximum gradient of 9%. The top of the climb is marked with a monument, and on this occasion the all-important pie support crew will also be on hand to offer refreshments and encouragement!

We then descend for 30km, before beginning our ascent of the Col de Vars. Again, the ascent is 19km long, with an average gradient of 5.7% (overall ascent of 1,111m). The final section of the day is another 30km downhill ride, with a short, sharp sting in the tail around the hairpin bends up to the ski resort of Pra-Loup and the welcome sight of the hotel!

Day 4 Pra-Loup to Nice 158km distance  2522m of ascent

The final day! There is a short descent back down into the valley, before the final major ascent of the tour as we take on the Col de la Bonette. Tantalisingly, there is a loop at the top of the Col which ascends slightly into the “highest paved through route” in the Alps – a must for any serious cyclist! The climb itself is 24km long, ascending 1589m at an average gradient of 6.6%. Fittingly, the Col de la Bonette is the highest point of the trip and so it’s a 115km descent from here all the way to Nice for celebratory beers on the promenade!

Later in the evening, we enjoy a well-deserved celebratory meal, and friends and family are more than welcome to join (subject to availability).

Day 5

Travel home at your leisure.

More Information

Interested? Please contact us for more details. Call 01932 460090 or email and download the event summary sheet.


pie delivers fully supported bespoke guided rides throughout the UK and Europe for the discerning cyclist.

Every ride is designed completely to your needs so your cyclists, no matter what standard they are, will have a fabulous time.

We’re known for our efficiency, integrity, and our passion to get it right. From your 1st contact with us, to the last cyclist’s arrival, we will make your event as effortless and awesome as possible.

Your cyclists will be led in small groups of similar standards by our team of amazing guides on bikes who are in turn supported by our experienced crew of tour leaders and medics.

The end result is stunning scenery, challenging ascents, incredible descents, perfect hotels, great food, like minded company.

In short, an amazing ride.

Download the Summary Sheet for more details