Cycling in Briancon
A local's guide to cycling in Briancon
There are many reasons why Briancon and Serre Chevalier are considered hotspots for cycling: the mountainous roads offer spectacular routes that snake throughout the French Alps’ most dramatic landscapes; the terrain includes some of the world’s most famous ascents and descents, which put elite cyclists to the test; and the region is incredibly diverse – meaning both advanced and beginner cyclists can take to their bikes and ride their preferred paths. Road cycling, mountain biking, and BMXing are all popular in Briancon, Serre Chevalier, among other sporting activities.
Cycling in Briancon, Serre Chevalier, is best enjoyed throughout the peak summer months, when the weather is fine and the environment is in peak condition. Briancon enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine per year, meaning the conditions are optimal for enjoying all cycling types and for all levels of ability for much of the year. For road cyclists, the Serre Chevalier Cycling Club, or Velo Club Serre Chevalier Vallée, which dates back to 1976, offers a welcoming community in which athletes and amateurs can enjoy the incredible beauty of the region.
Serre Chevalier has before had the honour of welcoming the Tour de France, and the illustrious cycling competition will once again visit the region in 2019. In the past, many famous cyclists – such as Lance Armstrong, Fausto Coppi, and Bernard Hinault – have climber the mountainous terrain that surrounds Briancon, Serre Chevalier: the Col du Galibier stands at 2,645m tall, with a maximum incline of 12.1%; the Col du d’Izoard, which offers an unimpeded view over Briancon from its peak at 2,361m; (The Climb: 16.5 kms (10.3 miles); Ascent: 1,120 metres (3,675 feet);and the Col du Granon, which stretches 16.7km and has a height of 2,413m.