Cycle Geneva to Nice - 12 Alpine passes




15th-22nd June 2024

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Level : Intermediate to Advanced

Cycle Geneva to Nice

12 Alpine passes

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Ride from the Mont Blanc Region

to the Mediterranean Sea

550 kms in 6 days


Your Tour de France Adventure

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Ride from Geneva to Nice over "La Route des Grandes Alpes"

You will ride twelve alpine passes including col du Galibier, col du Télégraphe, and col d'Izoard. These mountains are regularly used in the Tour de France and will test your limits. Along the way you will ride hors category cols and gems such as the 'Shoelaces' of Montvernier..

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Test your Limits in the French Alps

Starting in the Mont Blanc region you will ride south for six days, until you reach Nice, on the Mediterranean Sea. Six days, 550kms riding the alpine passes the pros face every year offers a challenge like no other. Riding in the French Alps will test your abilities as a rider.

Supported Tour de France Style

We use support cars carrying spare parts, drinking water, and food. Martin will also be riding with you passing on coaching advice and knowledge. Martin is a professional cycle coach with years of experience. He ensures you will reach each stage of Geneva to Nice under your own steam. He and his team are on hand should a repair be needed. We want to keep you on the road as much as possible.

Logistics - From airport transfers to moving your luggage from hotel to hotel, we have you covered on Geneva to Nice

We've got you covered. We have good relationships with the hotels and some provide washing facilities for your kit. Every hotel provides secure bike storage. Our logistic mastery stretches to providing you with porridge in the morning.

Experience the Spectacular and the Beautiful

Riding the "Route des Grandes Alpes" is an experience which immerses you in the spectacular awe inspiring beauty of the French Alps. It is hard to describe the feeling as you ride higher and higher into the mountains. It is simply something you have to do.

We ride together, we eat together, and camaraderie forms

Our guests tell us they make new long lasting friendships on our tours. If you are wondering if you can enjoy riding Geneva to Nice if you're travelling alone, the answer is yes.





Itinerary, Cycling Location, and Profile

We'll ride 12 Alpine Passes:

  • Col de la Colombière (1128m) 1st category. Distance 19.8 km, average gradient 5.6%. Maximum gradient 10%. Height gain 1066m
  • Col des Aravis (1486 m) 1st category.  
    Average gradient: 5.7% ; maximum gradient : 8.6%. Distance 21.3 km ; height gain 756 m.
  • Col de la Madeleine (1993 m) hors catégorie
    Distance 25,3 km average gradient 6,2 % ; height gain. : 1585 m
  • Les lacets de Montvernier: Les lacets de Montvernier isn't a col but is noteworthy thanks to its tightly packed string of 17 hairpin bends. The bends are no more than a 100 metres apart and it has gradients of between 8-9%. If you have ridden Sa Colobra in Mallorca, you know how amazing this can be. Put on your climbing legs!
    3.4 km, average gradient 7.3%, elevation gain: 505 m
  • Col du Télégraphe, 1st category  (1566 m), 12 km, average gradient  7%, height gain 851 metres
  • Col du Galibier (2646 m) hors catégorie
    18.1 km, average gradient 6.9%, elevation gain: 1245 m
  • Col du Lautaret (2058 m)
    We descend towards it from col du Galibier and then further down towards Briançon
  • Col d'Izoard (2360 m)
    Average gradient: 5.7%, maximum gradient : 9.4%. Distance 20 km ; height gain 1141 m.
  • Col de Vars (2108 m)
    Average gradient: 5.7%, maximum gradient : 8.7%. Distance 19.4 km ; height gain 1111 m
  • Col de la Bonette (2802 m) hors catégorie
    Average gradient: 6.6%, maximum gradient: 9%. Distance 24,1 km ; height gain 1589 m ; the highest asphalted road in France and the highest through road in Europe
  • Col St Martin (1500 m) : 1st category
    16.5 km, average gradient 6.2%, elevation gain 1018 m
  • Col de Turini (1607 m) 1st category
    Average gradient: 5.2%, maximum gradient : 9.3%. Distance 15.3 km ; height gain 1107 m
  • Col de Castillon (707 m) 3rd category
    Average gradient: 5.1%, maximum gradient : 6.8%. Distance 7 km ; height gain 349 m



Cycle Geneva to NIce with SportActive



Prices and dates

Geneva to Nice : arrival at the Mediterranean Sea


2024 Geneva to Nice Edition: from Sat 15th to Sat 22nd June 2024

Prices shown per person sharing (pps) are based on 7 nights, double occupancy, half board, support, food & drinks during the rides, airport transfers in Geneva and Nice
EB* = Early Bird for deposit received before 20.9.2023;   R** = regular price from 21.9.2023

7 nights, sharing en-suite room
Only 15 places available on this epic week (to guarantee the quality of the service!)

EB* 2 354 €/pps

R** : 2 554 €/pps

Single supplement: 66€/night

Please read the Geneva to Nice Terms and Conditions prior to booking.




What's included / not included

What's Included

  • Group transfers airport-hotel-airport for you and your bike, in Geneva and Nice on Saturdays of arrival and departure within a predefined time window (check recommended flight details)
  • Transfer bike boxes from Geneva to Nice and daily luggage transport
  • 7 nights HB
  • Foods during the rides: lunch, water, energy bars & gels, other snacks & drinks
  • Transport for you and your bike should you wish to have a shorter day or experience difficulty
  • Mechanical assistance for your bike
  • Secure overnight bike storage
  • Martin and Thierry on the bike with you for pacing and coaching
  • Flora's organisational and logistical talents and stretching if time allows

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Single Supplement
  • Drinks during the meals and other private expenses
  • Sports massage available in certain hotels. Fees apply
  • Private medical & Travel insurance
  • Bike hire is not totally unavailable for this trip, but not easy.



Services & Information

Accommodation details

Hotel La Ferme du Lac


We'll stay in 7 different hotels on our ride through the Alps, most of them are very good 3 star houses. The rooms are en-suite.

All hotels have been selected and visited by SportActive and  have been used in our previous Geneva to Nice tours.

The dinner menus are pre-planned for the whole week in order to enjoy diversified dishes. Breakfasts are suited to cyclists' needs with cereals, eggs, ham, cheese, fresh fruit etc. We even organize your porridge, should we make it ourselves in the kitchen! (it happens!)

Sports massage is available on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. Sunday & Monday the masseurs comes to the hotel; Tuesday the hotel has a Spa with masseurs on site. We need to pre-book the massages, of course. 

 Your hotels of the week are the following:


Flights & Airport Transfers

Geneva Airport - Departure from the Geneva to Nice Tour with SportActive


2024 Flight info TBC!

The flights to use for this holiday, if flying from Ireland, are the following:

  • Outbound - Sat 15/6/2024 Dublin to Geneva Cointrin airport with Aer Lingus: flight EI684, 13:15 - 16:35 
  • Homebound - Sat 22/6/2024 Nice to Dublin with Aer Lingus: flight EI545, 15:20 - 17:05

Group airport transfers will be organised for the above indicated flights.
If flying to Geneva from other airports, landing around 12:00 would be convenient; we'll arrange an additional transfer to the hotel.

When departing from Nice on Saturday (the homebound date), we'll organize group airport transfers for flights departing latest at 15:00.
Should your flight be at a later time or date or very early morning, we'll help you organise your airport transfer.

It is best and easiest for you to book the flights yourself.


Weather & seasonality

View from the top of col de la Bonnette

Due to high altitude temperature and weather can change quickly. It can be 30 °C in the valley to lower than 10 °C on top of the climbs.

We advise taking a range of warm clothing including:

  • Leggings,
  • Arm warmers
  • Gilet
  • Long sleeve wind/rain jacket
  • Light long finger gloves
  • Overshoes

Thunderstorms are likely to happen in this season. Be prepared!

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Download the Brochure

You can download the Geneva to Nice PDF brochure :


Download the 2024 brochure


  1. Guylaine Letendre
  2. Seamus Shortall


Dear Sportactive team,

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I could take up such a challenge that is Geneva Nice. I would like thank you all, Flora, Martin and Thierry for your incredible support and professionalism.

I doubted myself as to whether or not I had the legs for this. I figured that if you had faith in me I should also.

Thank you for a wonderful week that I will never forget.

Guylaine Letendre - Quebec - Canada - Wonderful and challenging Geneva Nice


This was my sixth trip with Sportactive, the support they give is, as always, superb.

Advice, technical assistance, pacing (very important on long climbs), food, hotels are provided in a personalised and thoughtful, ’sympa' way.

Everyone gets to ride at their best and at the pace they prefer. I was very lucky again this year to be in the presence of other experienced, well-prepared cyclists.

We had fun on the road and over the nourishing French cuisine in the evenings.

Seamus Shortall - Dublin – Ireland - Geneva to Nice 2016


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