His riseon two wheels
The Col de l’Iseran is also a mecca of the Tour de France cycling race. It marks the border between the Maurienne and Tarentaise regions, dominates the Grandes Alpes road, a famous tourist route that offers you the chance to ride the entire French Alps. Electrically assisted bicycles are even available in some hotels or for rent: cyclists and bikers of all kinds, welcome to the road to the pass!
This pass is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the Alps. The slopes are not too steep (max 7%) but the majority of the ascent will be above 2000 meters in a real high mountain atmosphere. On the last part of the pass, you will evolve on a road sometimes bordered by snowdrifts several meters high (in late spring) before arriving at 2770 meters of altitude and enjoying a magnificent panoramic view.
The Col de l’Iseran, a mythical and much feared stage for cyclists, is one of the undisputed legends of the Tour de France. It is THE highest mountain pass in the Alps. Simply unmissable.
The Great Alps RoadVal d'Isère is a must-see
From the Alpine passes to the lower valleys, from the eternal snows to the beaches of the Mediterranean, the Route des Grandes Alpes is a testament to Alpine heritage. Inaugurated in 1937, it is the most beautiful of mountain itineraries.
From Thonon-les-Bains to Menton, from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean, 722 km and 16 passes among the highest in the French Alpine massif – six of them culminating at more than 2,000 meters – guide motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists, bicycle tourists (and sometimes even… intrepid hikers) through a territory of exceptional natural and cultural heritage. It’s up to you to hit the road!
Val d’Isère is a must-see stop on the Route des Grandes Alpes since the passage of the Col de l’Iseran is one of its myths: it is the highest pass on the route of this road. Take a break in Val d’Isère or continue your route by crossing the Iseran pass which culminates at 2770 meters of altitude. This transitional stage between Bourg-Saint-Maurice and Val d’Isère takes you towards the Vanoise National Park.
You will climb the Col de l’Iseran before descending to the authentic village of Bonneval-sur-Arc, listed as a historical monument. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the Col de l’Iseran sign and share it with #coldeliseran #valdisere to have a chance to be shared in our social networks posts.
Qualified hosts"Cycling reception
Val d’Isère, a stopover to be made on the Route de Grandes Alpes, welcomes you and offers you numerous accommodations, some of which are specially equipped to welcome 2-wheelers. Secure garages for cyclists and bikers, bed&breakfast formulas…
If you are doing the Grandes Alpes Route, if you want to climb the Iseran pass by bike or motorcycle or if you are staying for your vacations in Val d’Isère, the shopkeepers are committed to offering you the best services and to adapt to your needs.
In a constant effort to improve the welcome, accommodation providers qualified as “accueil cyclo” are committed to offering specific services to cycling customers (closed room, laundry, adapted meals, small equipment…). A charter of accommodation providers accueil cyclo has been set up in the Haute-Tarentaise.
After a day on the roads or on the trails, go to hotels, chalets or apartments that have a secure bike room. This will allow you to have a good relaxing time while knowing that your equipment is safe. This way you can get ready to climb the Iseran pass or enjoy the Val d’Isere-Tignes bike park, in downhill or e-bike mode.
Happy stay in Val d’Isere and see you soon.
The Great Alps Roadby electric bike
If you need courage and training to be able to reach the summits of the passes at each stage, the itinerary becomes accessible to the greatest number thanks to the appearance of the electrically assisted bicycle. You should know that the entire route is marked out with VAE (Vélo à Assistance Électrique) recharging points, spread out every 30 to 40 kilometers. Once again, Val d’Isère is ready to welcome you as a forward-thinking electric vehicle resort. Take advantage of this opportunity to come to the electric vehicle show to discover the new products of all the manufacturers who are present in large numbers on this occasion.
Val d'Isère tells its story
Val d’Isère is keen to keep its authentic and pioneering spirit and to give you the real mountain experience.