Cycling the French Alps, Cicerone

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Cycling in the French Alps Cicerone

Cycling in the French Alps is a guidebook to nine of the most picturesque cycling routes through the Alps of south-east France. The eight circuits, plus the Grand Traverse from Geneva to Nice, include the classic high passes of the French Alps (Galibier, Iseran, Izoard, etc) as well as cycle routes in the pre-Alps and Southern Jura.

Cycling in the French Alps presents a personal selection of the most picturesque cycling routes through the mountains of south-east France.

This second edition covers nine tours – now including the Mt Ventoux route in addition to the original seven circuits plus the ‘Grand Traverse’ from Geneva to Nice. The routes include the ‘classic’ high passes of the French Alps (Galibier, Iseran, Izoard, etc) as well as many lesser known areas of the pre-Alps and Southern Jura.

Although all of the tours are in mountain areas, the scenery – from the rolling hills of the Bugey to the dramatic limestone gorges of the Chartreuse or the snowy peaks of the Ecrins – is extremely varied. Without neglecting the ‘must-see’ places, the tours have been designed to take you through the secret corners and forgotten backwaters of the regions described; even amongst the most awe-inspiring mountains, it is often the more discreet facets of the countryside that reveal an area’s true charm.