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Gravel Bike Cycling Tour

Ride all the epic climbs in the Oisans such as Alpe d'Huez Col de la Croix de Fer and the Galibier but with a twist - on as much gravel as we can find. The ultimate cycling holiday for your Gravel or Cyclo Cross bike. Tours are available anytime during the summer and for any length of time. Please contact us for more information.

5 days of self supported gravel bike riding in the Oisans area on a Bed and Breakfast basis in shared rooms.

  • Saturday - Arrive in Bourg d'Oisans from 4PM
  • Sunday - The first day in the area will see us riding the valley gravel roads in the shadow of the mighty Alpe d'Huez - 60 KM of riding mostly on gravel roads
  • Monday - The Col de Cloy sits between Alpe d'Huez and the Col de Sarenne. The first part is a big climb up to Auris via the road before tackling the gravel roads of the Cloy. For the faster guys there is a chance to summit the Col de Sarenne before dropping into Alpe d'Huez for lunch. After lunch we will be tackling the balcon route before heading back to Bourg d'Oisans 70KM
  • Tuesday - Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col de Glandon - 80KM version of the classic road ride with a twist of gravel roads.
  • Wednesday - Free day / Day off
  • Thursday - Tackle the old route up to the Col du Galibier first used in the Tour de France in 1911. A real challenge at over 2600 metres above sea level.
  • Friday - The classic Alpe d'Huez road climb up followed by a ride over gravel roads to Lac Besson before dropping down a ski run to the Ski resort of Vaujany and a ride back to Bourg d'Oisans.
  • Saturday - Depart Bourg d'Oisans by 10AM

Each days ride will consist of a mixture of road and gravel riding. Some of the gravel riding is of a technical nature over rocks and routes so you will need to have good bike handling skills.

What kind of bike do I need ?

You will need a gravel bike or cyclo cross bike with easy gearing as some of it is very steep. We recommend a compact chainset with a 32 tooth rear cassette or similar. We would also suggest that you ride 32mm semi slick tyres as there is also a lot of road sections on each ride.

Mountain bikes are welcome on the holiday but to keep within the spirit of the riding no suspension is allowed (front or rear suspension)

How about me ?

You must be able to climb for a sustained period sometimes for more than an hour and you must be confident both on and off road. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it and you must be able to ride for 6 hours. There will be stops for lunch and coffee !


Fitness level

Tour format

Back to base self guided tour. Vehicle support back at base and is used when required for mechanicals. Full GPS routing and advice is also provided

Tour dates and itinerary

We do not currently have any dates for this tour please contact us for more information


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Who are the holidays aimed at ?

The holidays are aimed at all keen cyclists. We are happy to take individual, couple or group bookings. Do not worry if you are coming on your own. We get lots of individuals on our holidays and by the end of the first day you will have experienced the same climbs as everyone else.

Tour Level Guide

Each Tour has a set of chainsets under the main title. This is our grading system to show you the difficulty of the riding and the typical length of any ride that will take place on that tour. Most of our rides take place in the high mountains and this can seriously decrease the length of ride that you are able to do. If you are concerned about your abilty please contact us before making a booking.

Very Hard Tour - between 75 and 200KM per day. The day will typically include more than two high mountain passes, a sportive such as the La Marmotte or a longer multi day tour such as the Route des Grandes Alpes
Hard Tour - between 75 and 150 KM per day. The day will typically include more than one high mountain pass. For example Alpe d'Huez and the Col du Galibier
Medium Tour - between 75KM and 100KM per day in high mountains. The day will include at least 1 high mountain pass such as Alpe d'Huez
Easy Tour - maximum of 100KM per day on mostly flat or medium sized mountains
Very Easy Tour - Maximum of 50KM per day on mostly flat terrain.


Additional Equipment

  • Warm and cold weather cycling gear and a helmet.
  • Any spares specific to your bike such as carbon spokes etc.
  • Lights for your bike. In the Oisans there are some long tunnels and you must have lights on your bike.

What's not included

  • Travel to the holiday destination
  • Drinks and all meals outside of those described
  • Travel Insurance
  • Repairs / renewals to your bike