The following climbs can be reached from the Oisans region of the French Alps
Alpe d'Huez is a true legend amongst road cyclist and has witnessed many famous battles at the end of a Tour de France stage. Our base in Bourg d'Oisans sits just 1 minutes cycle ride from the twenty one bends. Its a classic climb and every cyclist should climb it.
Col de la Croix de Fer
Sitting close to its neighbour the Col du Glandon the Col de la Croix de Fer has a rich history in the Tour de France. The climbs summit is approximately 40 KM from our base in Bourg d'Oisans. The road up to the Col passes the largest dam in Europe 'Grand Maison' as it snakes its way up through the mountains.
Col de la Madeleine
Sitting to the south of the Col du Glandon the Col de la Madeleine features in the Tour de France frequently.
Col de la Morte
The Col de la Morte has been likened to a mini Alpe d'Huez with numerous switchbacks up to the ski resort of Alpe de Grande Serre. One of the smaller cols in the area its accessible year round and is used in the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon and the Marco Pantani Sportive.
Col de Malissol
The Col de Mallissol is the smallest col in the area and is open all year round. The climb from the valley is approximately 4KM from Lake Laffrey. Once over the top there is a fast sweeping descent back down into the valley and back onto the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon route.
Col de Parquetout
The steepest climb in the area hitting 17% at times the Col de Parquetout sits at the base of the Col d'Ornon and is used in the Marco Pantani Cycling Sportive in August.
Col de Sarenne
The Col de Sarenne sits above the mighty Alpe d'Huez climb and is an alternative route back to Bourg d'Oisans. The road is not for the faint hearted with steep drops and a few sections of unpaved road to challenge even the most experienced cyclist.
The Col d'Ornon is the second closest climb to our base in Bourg d'Oisans and last featured in the Tour de France in 2002. Its a great warm up climb to get you used to the distance and altitude gains in the area. Can be approached from the north or the south after the Col de Parquetout
Col du Galibier
Needs little introduction and is up there with the like of Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux as a must do climb. You can either approach it from the south after riding the Col du Lautaret or the north after riding the Col du Télégraphe. The Galibier has been used numerous times in the Tour de France and features every year in the La Marmotte Sportive.
Col du Glandon
Sitting just below the Col de la Croix de Fer the Col du Glandon is another Tour de France climb and La Marmotte Sportive climb. You can approach it from Bourg d'Oisans or attempt the harder ascent from the north from La Chambre
Col du Lautaret
Often ignored because of its location below the Col du Galibier the Col du Lautaret is still a huge climb. The western descent in used in the La Marmotte Sportive as it runs back to the base of Alpe d'Huez. You can also climb it from Briançon after riding the Col d'Izoard
Col du Mollard
The Col du Mollard sits below the Col de la Croix de Fer
Col du Télégraphe
Sitting at the base of the Col du Galibier and used every year in the La Marmotte Sportive the Col du Télégraphe climbs up through a shaded wooded area from its base at 300 metres above sea level. Never steep and with a super smooth road service this is one of the nicest climbs in the area
La Bérarde and the small village of St Christophe en Oisans sits in the valley at the same height as the town of Alpe d'Huez and is surrounded by massive mountains such as the Meije. The road from St Christophe en Oisans to La Bérarde is cut into the side of the mountain and is a stunning ride.
Lacets de Montvernier
The Lacets appeared in the Tour de France for the first time in 2015
Not so much a climb but a series of climbs on a stunning road cut into the side of the mountain. The climbs take in Villard Reculas, Garde en Oisans, Auris en Oisans and Bons before returning to Bourg d'Oisans. The route can be made as short or as long as you wish depending on how your legs feel.