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*Du siehst hier die Reise des Jahres 2018. The next edition of the Französische Alpen Relaxed will take place on from 3rd to 10th August 2019.

French Alps Relaxed

Fancy something less taxing? – 21/07-28/07/2018

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The Savoy Alps and the Dauphiné with their Tour de France giants like the Galibier, the Alpe d'Huez and the Croix de Fer, as well as the legendary Vercors gorges have long been one of Epic Climbs’ most popular holidays. In 2018 we are putting on a less brutal, more relaxed version of the trip. If you prefer relaxed cycling but nonetheless would like to conquer the legendary Col du Galibier, or experience a summit finish on the Alpe d'Huez this trip is ideal for you. And if it's not enough for you? All the stages can be extended so that, for example, even couples of different capabilities can get their money's worth.

During the day you will drink in enormous alpine panoramas and you will conquer a different pass each day – but at your own pace, as we have time. And in the evenings you’ll enjoy French savoir vivre in friendly company. In the heart of the French Alps, surrounded by famous passes.

Fancy something less taxing?


The Guides

Jörg - The Flatlander

quäldich-Guide Joerg Lenz

Comes from the Münster area and earned his climbing spurs by riding all (!) the passes and summits in the Baumberge hills. But as his Epic Climbs name reveals, doesn't mind the less mountainous rides.

Jens – The Nature Lover

quäldich-Guide  Jens Heuer

Enjoys going to work at 6 in the morning in the winter almost as much as pedalling up and down mountains. Inspired by fellow flatlander Jörg and a massive Epic Climbs fan.

Otto – King of the dolce vita

quäldich-Guide Otto Gehrlein

Leading the relaxed group, he takes the wind with stoic calm. A typically good-humoured Palatinate native with incredible endurance.

Wolfram – The Fly Whisperer

quäldich-Guide Wolfram Lotze

Grew up in Hesse-Siberia, south-east of Kassel. But has lived happily in the Rhineland for 25 years. Motto: ride and let ride. He himself always rides with a little girl's gearing (the big chainring) on the flat stages. Enjoys long climbs, but not flies (which always bother him on the slopes in the summer).

Getting there

Our initial hotel is located in the centre of Chambéry, to the south of Geneva.

Cars can be parked, for a charge, in a car park near our initial hotel.

From Germany and Switzerland via Basel or Zurich - Bern - Geneva - Annecy on France's A41 to Chambéry, and follow the N201 into the centre.

From Austria you might also consider coming via Milan and the Mont Blanc tunnel.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

There are direct flights to Geneva Airport from several German airports. Take the regional train from there to Chambéry (change at Geneva main station).

From Germany it is easy to get to Geneva station by train. There are French regional trains direct to Chambéry from there.

The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 21/07-28/07/2018

  • Saturday, 21st July 2018
    Travel to Chambéry. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 22nd July 2018
    Start of Stage One (Chambéry - Villard-de-Lans) at 9am.
  • Monday, 23rd July 2018
    Stage Two Villard-de-Lans - Die
  • Tuesday, 24th July 2018
    Stage Three Die - La Mure
  • Wednesday, 25th July 2018
    Stage Four La Mure - Alpe d'Huez

  • Thursday, 26th July 2018
    Stage Five Alpe d'Huez - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
  • Friday, 27th July 2018
    Stage Six, loop from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
  • Saturday, 28th 2018
    Stage Seven Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Chambéry. Arrive there between 2pm and 4pm. Then depart (or stay another night)

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