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You can ride the following climbs as part of your cycling holiday with More Than 21 Bends

Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d'Huez

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 d'Agnel

Col d'Agnel

The Col d'Agnel is the highest border crossing in Europe at over 2700 m. The huge climb at over 50KM joins Italy to France. Quite possibly the hardest climb in the Alpes and certainly one that our guests comment on the most.

Col de Castillon

Col de Castillon

The last climb before or the first climb out of Menton the Col de Castillon is a fitting end to the Route des Grandes Alpes or a gentle warm up to the Nice to Alpe d'Huez tour.

Col de Gets

Col de Gets

The Col de Gets is climbed via the D902 out of Thonon-les-Bains on the shores of Lake Geneva. The col sits in the popualar mountain bike and ski resort of Les Gets

Col de la Cayolle

Col de la Cayolle

The Col de la Cayolle sits above Barcelonnette and on the border of the Haute Alpes and the Maritime Alpes. This is a magnificient climb with the road cut into a narrow gorge before opening up into fantastic views over the alpes.

Col de la Colombière

Col de la Colombière

The Col de la Colombiere is the first proper high mountain test on our Route de Grandes Alpes tour after the morning climbs of the Col du Grand Taillet and the Col de Gets.

Col de la Croix de Fer

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

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

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 l'Iseran

Col de l'Iseran

The Col de l'Iseran is situated in Rhone-Alpes. Starting from Bourg Saint Maurice, the Col de l'Iseran ascent is 48 km long, climbing 1955 height meters. The average percentage for the climb is 4.1 percent

Col de Malissol

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 Montgenévre

Col de Montgenévre

Climbing out of Briançon the Col de Montgenèvre crosses the border into Italy. The 11KM swicthback climb is never steep and has fantastic views back over towards Briançon. Once over the border crossing you sweep down through some tunnels to the Italian town of Cesana and the base of the Col di Setstriere.

Col de Parquetout

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

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.

Col d'Izoard

Col d'Izoard

Classic Giro d'Italia and Tour de France climb made famous by the exploits of Francis Coppi amongst others. The western side of the climb starts in Briançon while the more famous eastern side starts at the base of the Col d'Agnel and features the Caisse Deserte landmarks

Col d'Ornon

Col d'Ornon

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

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

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

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

Col du Mollard

The Col du Mollard sits below the Col de la Croix de Fer

Col du Télégraphe

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

Colle di Sestriere

Colle di Sestriere

Th Colle di Sestriere is the first col you climb after crossing the French Italian border from the Col de Montgenévre. The smooth road takes you out of the valley from Cesena up to the town of Sestiere where the 2006 Winter Olympics alpine events were held. The 11 km climb starts off fairly gently and then ramps up towards the end. The descent down the other side to Pinerolo is an epic 50km.

Cormet de Roselend

Cormet de Roselend

The Cormet de Roselend climbs up to 1967 metres fromm Beaufort ovet the Col de Meraillet

Gorges de la Nesque

Gorges de la Nesque

The Nesque Gorge is a stunning road that takes us from Sault and eventually onto Bedoin. As you ride the road above the gorge you will glimpse Mont Ventoux in the distance. The Nesque Gorge road is very popular with cyclist and is fairly traffic free thanks to the numerous low tunnels that you have to pass through.

Guejar Sierra

Guejar Sierra

Guejar Sierra is not so much a climb but a village nestled in the Sierra Nevada national park.

La Bérarde

La Bérarde

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

Lacets de Montvernier

The Lacets appeared in the Tour de France for the first time in 2015

Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux

This classic Tour de France Climb in the Provence can be approached from 3 side and dominates the surrounding countryside. The classic ascent from Bedion is probably the hardest but the two other ascents from Maulecene and Sault are equally challenging. A must for any serious cyclist.

Pico de Veleta

Pico de Veleta

The Pico de Veleta in the Sierre Nevada National Park in Andalucia services the most southernly ski resort in Europe. During the summer you can actually climb up to over 3300 metres but during the spring you can reach the base of the ski resort at 2500 metres. This climb has been used many times in the Vuelta d'Espana and is used by 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans as an early season training base.

Puerto de Los Blancares

Puerto de Los Blancares

This col is situated between Granada ans the small town of Le Peza on the edge of the Sierra Nevada National Park

Sierras de Tejeda

Sierras de Tejeda

The national park of Sierras de Tejeda sits between the major city of Granada and the seaside resort of Almunacar

Traverse d'Oisans

Traverse d'Oisans

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.