Col d'Iseran

Ideal location for road biking and touring


Tignes is the perfect base for a training holiday which hosts many cyclists from around the world for altitude work and for event preparation as well as for cyclotourisme.

It's there on the doorstep: mile after mile of some of the best road routes in the world. Some of the more famous local rides include:-

The Col d'Iseran.2764 meters altitude. Last passed in the Tour de France in 1992. (Aborted in the 1996 Tour because of snow!)

Bourg St Maurice to Tignes. About 1000 m.of climbing.

Col du Petit St Bernard. 2188 m. altitude. A stunning ride with easy gradients taking you up to the Italian border. (With fantastic Italian hot chocolate!)

Cormet de Roselend. 1968 m. altitude. The route of the 2002 Tour on its Aime to Cluses stage, and of the Etape du Tour that year too. Also the descent route of the 1996 Tour, when Indurain cracked in the rain and Johan Bruyneel went over the precipice.

Les Arcs. 2100 m. or 1850 m. The finish of the 1996 Tour ride over the Cormet when Luc Leblanc pulled away and Indurain effectively lost the Tour..

Many of the Cols are open only to cyclists for one day each summer, which adds to their enjoyment. You can find the programme here.