From Thonon-les-Bains to Nice, as soon as the snow melts, this unique route is opened to travelers only for a few months, from early June to mid-October, depending on the snow cover, and invite you to enjoy for a few days, a week or more what the french side of the Alps has best to offer. The great passes such as Iseran, Galibier, Izoard or Cayolle, Colombière, Bonette, or Cormet de Roselend are all milestones along this incredible journey and promise both panoramic views and great victories!
Even if the Tour de France has crafted the legend of this route, everybody is welcome to discover it at its own pace and to take the time to enjoy the heart of the typical villages of the alpine valleys, to walk to one of its magnificent viewpoints at the top of the passes, to visit a dairy cooperative or a museum of traditions and to meet those who live on the Route des Grandes Alpes.
The Route des Grandes Alpes by electric bike
If you will need courage at every stage to overcome the positive elevation, today the route becomes more accessible to the greatest number. Indeed, the entire course is punctuated with e-bike charging points, distributed every 30 to 40 kilometers. Thus, going in groups of different levels becomes possible. If some cyclists will prefer to ride a "classic" bike, others will be able to accompany them on e-bikes and catch the dream of the route and its high passes!
So, ready for an incredible trip?
Safety informationWHEN TO GO?
The two best periods to travel the Route des Grandes Alpes are from June 1st to mid-July and from late August to mid-October (depending on the snow cover). Traffic is less important than in mid-summer and moderate temperatures are better for cycling several days in a row. In any case, it will be necessary to inform you about the weather conditions and to make sure that the roads are completely accessible and cleared of snow.
Tips, hints and linksPRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR E-BIKES
Accessible to everyone, whatever your physical abilities, adapted to all types of courses and fun, e-bike allow to perform longer courses with ease. Climbing passes become real moments of contemplation and are no longer discouraging or synonymous with suffering for the less athletic. Kilometers accumulate and bring their quota of landscapes, meetings and slices of life quite simply. The different stages will be as many opportunities to discover the terroirs, the wealth of the heritage and will allow you to recharge your batteries (yours and your e-bike's) before going on the road again. To get the most out of the engine assistance, make a stop at the recommended addresses to recharge your battery and leave safely. A consumption index has been calculated for each stage to control its autonomy and anticipate any breaks needed to recharge its battery.You will also find all along the route e-bikes charging stations Bosch with battery racks. These will allow you to charge your battery and to deposit some of your gears there for a visit.
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