French Alps Cycling Tour Advice, Logistics Planning, Inspiration and Motivation since 2008.
Mike Booth owns and operates BreatheBike.
The Cols of the French Alps - possibly the best road cycling climbs in the world and Mike is lucky to call the region home. He's there to help you discover the region and prepare and advise you for your next trip cycling in the French Alps. Whether your personal goals are the Marmotte Granfondo, the Etape du Tour, Geneva to Nice or a one time challenge to cycle Alpe d'Huez, I can help. If you are planning a charity challenge, or looking to organise road support for your group, or create a unique cycling trip in the French Alps for a cycling club or corporate event - Mike can provide guidance and advice.
There's a reason the Tour de France, Criterium Dauphine and the Tour of Romandie regularly visit the region. Epic cycling climbs, stunning scenery and amazing riding.
I specialise in providing expert guidance to help you to plan your visit to ride the top climbs in the French Alps. Whether you wish to create a bespoke tour for one person, or you have a larger group of similar abilities to take on the Cols of the French Alps or simply need some advice - I'm here to assist with planning of your cycling adventure of a lifetime.
Some of the help they can provide:-
Tour inspiration, guidance and planning
Road support - First Aid Qualified
Feed stations, lunches
Luggage and Bike Box Transfers
Non-riders transfers on point to point tours
Film crew support and logistics
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Tour du Mont Blanc
5 days (Bike: 4 days)
330 km (~83km per day)
Big climbs, On-road
Tour Operator BreatheBike
Achievable in 2 days, or a more leisurely pace up to 5 days
The Tour du Mont Blanc cycling tour by road bike - a 330km ride over 7 major alpine cols climbing a total 8800M around Western Europe's highest peak.
Ability level - Strong riders: 2 days, or if you are not training for the Tour de France, a more leisurely pace over 3 or 4 days.
The cyclists Tour du Mont Blanc has become one of the epic rides through the Alps and a 'must do' as you circuit Western Europes highest peak Mont Blanc (4810M).
A brief outline of the cyclist's Tour du Mont Blanc in 4 riding days
- Cycling from Chamonix and riding over the Col des Montets, Col de la Forclaz and the Montee du Champex-Lac
- Riding from Champex Lac the Tour du Mont Blanc then joins the Grand St Bernard pass and into Italy. Descending into the Aosta Valley for the gentle climb up the lower slopes of the Col de la Petit St Bernard to La Thuile.
- From La Thuile, summit the Col de la Petit St Bernard pass where some of the original 'Italian Job' movie with Michael Caine was filmed. At the summit you cross back into France and the long descent to Bourg St Maurice. Literally 400M on the flat and then the climb of the Cormet de Roselend begins. Over the top and its down to Beaufort, the home of Reblochon cheese.
- The final big Col, the Col des Saisies before dropping down through Megeve and then gently riding back up to Chamonix to complete the circuit of Mont Blanc.
Lots of options to choose from including adding more Cols and more stunning views.
Am I fit enough? What gearing should we use? We have written a series of articles that may help you in planning your cycling trip in the French Alps and these can be accessed by clicking through to our website (the 'Book Direct' button).
Geneva to Nice Cycle Tour
8 days (Bike: 6 days)
Big climbs, On-road
Tour Operator BreatheBike
Route des Grandes Alpes. The ultimate cycle tour challenge from Geneva through the French Alps to Nice and the Mediterranean Sea.
From cycling the mountains surrounding Lake Geneva all the way to Nice and the Mediterranean Sea traversing some of the classic climbs of the French Alps. The Cycle tour from Geneva to Nice features on many bucket lists - broadly following the classic Route des Grandes Alpes with some flexibility depending on your group abilities, goals and number of days riding.
I can provide guidance nd advice to help you plan your own Tour de French Alps with the further option to be available to support you and your group during your cycling adventure in the Alps. The route to the sun from Geneva to Nice takes you through the majestic splendour of the Alps to the point they dip into the Mediterranean sea. I can take care of the detail and logistics so you can concentrate on the riding and the views.
I would always recommend starting the Geneva to Nice Cycling Tour from the banks of Lake Geneva from Thonon les Bains or Evian to avoid the crazy traffic of Central Geneva. I usually recommend finishing adjacent to Nice in Cagnes su Mer where the purists can ride along the bike path to finish on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Experience has taught us that few of you wish to battle with the central Geneva traffic immediately as you arrive in the Alps, possibly jet lagged and exhausted from traveling.