Raid Alps

Climb mythical cols of the Tour de France such as the Izoard, Glandon, and the most eminent, Alpe d’Huez

Cycle the “Raid Alps” and enter into cycling legend and tradition as you climb mythical cols of the Tour de France such as the Izoard, Glandon, and the most eminent, Alpe d’Huez.

The Raid Alps cycling challenge will take you from Thonons-les-Bains to Nice.

Get ready for the stunning roads and demanding climbs of the Alps as you pedal for 7 days, covering 780 kilometers. If you choose to come with us from 30th August to the 7th September, the trip will be over 7 riding days..

Bike Basque will take care of all the organization and logistics so that you may focus on precisely what matters most, enjoying your cycling holiday.


Difficulty: 5/5


Upcoming Tours:



30th August – 7th September 2022

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Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Arrival in Thonon les bains, customized pick up at your arrival location can be arranged. Introduction to the Bike Basque staff, go over the schedule, route, safety as you complete the Raid Alps, and respond to any questions left unanswered. Gift bags that include a Bike Basque cycling jersey, water bottles and road book will be distributed to each guest, and for those who have chosen to rent a bike from Bike Basque, we will assist in setting it up to your specs.

Hotel: Hotel The Originals***

Day 2

Thonon les bains – Praz sur Arly – 100 km – 2 500m D+

After yesterday’s verbal introduction to your Raid Alps cycling challenge, today, you will enter straight into cycling folklore as you confront the first mythical climb of this trip, the Col de la Colombiere, steep in its second part. Then the rolling ascension of the Col des Avaris will bring your first day in the Alps to a close.


-Col de la Jambaz (5.5 km at 3.7 %)

-Col de la Colombiere (15 km at 7.2%)

-Col des Aravis (7 km at 6.2 %)


Hotel: La Griyotire***

Day 3

Praz sur Arly – Brides-les-Bains – 121 km – 2 600m D+

The Col des Saisies is a great first climb to warm you up for the day’s challenges. It has a good road surface and is long enough to prepare you for the Cormet de Roselend, one of the longer climbs in the Alps. As you pedal along near the top, you will have the chance to admire the fantastic Lake de Roselend, located at approximately 1,600 m of altitude.


-Col des Saisies (13.4 km at 5.1 %)

-Cormet de Roselend (20 km at 6 %)


Hotel: Le Verseau***

Day 4

Brides-les-Bains – Bourg d’Oisans – 118 km – 3 400m D+

The longest, and most likely, the hardest day of riding of this Raid Alps cycling adventure, you will be pedaling a minimum of 118 km, with 45 kilometers of that total distance dedicated to climbing


-Col de la Madeleine (25 km at 6 %)

-Col du Glandon (19.5 km at 7.3 %)


Hotel: Hotel des Alpes**

Day 5

Bourg d’Oisans – Briançon – 120 km – 3 100m D+

Today’s ride is positively the most legendary of your entire Raid Alps cycling challenge. You will be climbing the 21 famous switchbacks of Alpe d’Huez and you will tackle the Lautaret taking you to the Glandon. Tonight, you will definitely deserve a hearty dinner and good night’s rest!


-Alpe d’Huez (13.8 km at 7.9 %)

-Col du Lautaret (19.2 km at 4.7 %)

-Col du Galibier (8,6km at 6,7%)

Hotel: Hotel des Alpes**

Day 6

Briançon – Barcelonnette – 113 km – 2 700m D+

The day begins the Izoard and its “Casse Déserte”, a daunting and barren landscape that takes over in the final kilometers of this demanding climb, the day then concludes with the sporadic percent grades of the Col de Vars, so get ready for a few steep sections as you make your way to the top.


-Col d’Izoard (14 km at 7.3 %)

-Col de Vars (19.1 km at 5.5 %)


Hotel: Azteca***

Day 7

Barcelonnette – Annot – 100 km – 1800m D+

Today you will confront more of the highest-paved roads in Europe as part of your Raid Alps cycling adventure. Your legs will first face the long and somewhat rough roads of the Col d’Allos before ascending the steep Col des Champs. Both of these mountain passes rise above 2,000 m in altitude and are generally very light on traffic.


-Col d’Allos (17.3 km at 6.3 %)

-Col des Champs (10.7 km at 7.5 %)


Hotel : L’avenue***

Day 8

Annot – Nice – 120 km – 2000M D+

Welcome to the last day of your Raid Alps adventure. The Mediterranean climate of the Var region means more arid terrain as we pedal along today’s smaller secondary roads. There are no significant or extremely long difficulties, but the day will be spending navigating up and down some tricky climbs as we make our way to Nice on the beautiful French Riviera, otherwise known as the “Côte d’Azur”.


-Col de Féline (7 km at 6.2 %)

-Col de Buis (3.7 km at 11 %)

-Col de Bleine (4.6 km at 6.4 %)

-Montée de Saint Pons (6.5 km at 4.7 %)

Hotel: Lafayette***

What is included?

-9 days/8 nights accommodation in quality 2, 3 and 4 star hotels.

-Full-board (7 breakfasts, “en route” lunches and dinners) in quality restaurants

-Professional guides that know the routes (ratio of 1 guide for 5 guests)

-Support vehicles

-Transportation of your personal belongings throughout the eight days

-Snacks and drinks during your cycling holiday

-A Bike Basque gift bag with jersey, bottles, road-book etc.

-17 climbs in the Alps

-17 600m of climbing

-780 km of cycling

What is not?


-Bicycle rental (+300 €/bike) contact us for size and availability

-Personal insurance (proof of travel insurance is required)



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