Off-Road Cycling Routes
Les Grande Traversées du Vercors MTB Cycle Route
Les Grande Traversées du Vercors (GTV) is a 230km mountain biking itinerary through the stunning Vercors Natural Park, just outside Grenoble. It is one of my favourite parts of France, a playground for outdoor adventure sports, yet relatively unknown to tourists, which means you don’t have to share the roads or trails with many, if any, other people. This route is nothing short of AMAZING, so varied, so quiet and utterly beautiful. Don’t underestimate it, it’s tough in a few places! Read more here.
Tour du Mont Blanc by Mountain Bike Route
The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most famous hiking routes in the world. A circular route filled with spectacular glaciers, breathtaking alpine meadows, grand mountain passes and charming valleys. To do this route by bike I altered the route a little. I kept a lot of the original hiking route, including all the major mountain passes, but added a few more gravel sections, particularly on the ascents to allow for as much peddling as possible. Be warned there is still a fair amount of difficult hike-a-bike! I would highly recommend you don’t do it in July or August, as the trail is very busy. In June (when I did it) there is still a lot of snow up high, so September might be the best option. Read more here.
Grande Alpine Traverse by Mountain Bike Route
This spectacular alpine bikepacking route traverses the French and Italian Alps. Starting in Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), the route offers such diverse landscapes, over a real mix of terrain, all the way to the Mediterranean sea. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking, with ‘wow’ moments around nearly every corner. A journey packed with high mountain passes, alpine pastures abundant with wild flowers and bell ringing cows, turquoise lakes, historic military gravel roads, derelict but once mighty forts, and switchbacks galore! Click the link below to find not only the full route with POI’s but also the route split into sections, including some alternatives. A full writeup here.