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10 cycling events in the Alps this summer

Located among the peaks of the French Alps lie some of the most breathtaking landscapes and thrilling cycling routes in the world. In summer, the mountains beckon cyclists from around the globe to embark on unforgettable journeys. Whether you’re a pro cyclist seeking new challenges or a leisure rider craving scenic routes, the Alps offer something for everyone.

So, join us as we unveil the top cycling events this summer in the Alps! From adrenaline-pumping races to scenic mountain trails, let’s dive into the world of competitive Alpine cycling…

The top cycling contests in France


The “Vélo Vert” Festival, Samoëns

Location: Samoëns
Date: 1 – 2 June 2024


From 1 – 2 June 2024, Samoëns will host the Vélo Vert Festival, a significant outdoor event celebrating mountain biking for all ages. This festival includes a wide range of activities, such as hiking, enduro, cross-country, and electric mountain bike events. Plus, it’s open to everyone!

Attendees can also explore an exhibition showcasing the latest products from various brands, with the chance to test around 2,000 items on 15 different courses.

Find out more on the official website.

Criterium du Dauphiné

Location: Thônes / Samoens
Date: 2 – 9th June

One of the most exciting cycling competitions in France, the Criterium du Dauphiné traverses the stunning landscapes of the Alps. As a crucial warm-up for the Tour de France, this event attracts top cyclists vying for glory.

Spectators can witness the peloton whizzing past charming villages and challenging mountain passes, offering an electrifying atmosphere that’s not to be missed.

The race passes through both Samoëns and Thônes during stages seven and eight – the final two legs of the tour, before reaching its climax at the Plateau des Glières.

Cyclists navigate a mountain passage
© A.S.O/Billy Ceusters

Mountain of Hell

Location: Les Deux Alpes
Date: 21 – 23 June 2024

This June, the adrenaline-fueled “Mountain of Hell” event returns to Les Deux Alpes, drawing thrill-seekers and mountain biking enthusiasts from around the globe. Renowned for its intense and exhilarating descent, this race starts at the glacier at a staggering 3400m altitude and plunges riders down nearly 2600m over a mix of snow, ice, rocks, and rugged terrain.

Spanning over 25km, participants will navigate through breathtaking alpine scenery and treacherous conditions, testing their skills and endurance to the limit. So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or an adventurous amateur, “Mountain of Hell” promises an unforgettable experience filled with high-speed excitement and unparalleled challenges in the heart of the French Alps.

Alps Epic

Location: Hautes Alpes
Date: 21 – 26 June 2024

A woman smiles as she navigates a mountain bike track
© Alps Epic Events

This event is for seasoned competitors seeking a challenge, offering “La Course,” a Marathon MTB race to be taken on individually or in teams of two, or “La Rando,” a solo, untimed option. The Alps Epic VTT Marathon consists of five stages, each approximately 50 to 70km long, over one week. This “Epic” format demands strong physical and technical skills and includes comprehensive support such as racing services, logistics, and accommodation.

For those unable to commit to the full week, both packages are also available in a 2-day “Weekend” format with identical services.

The 9th edition of the Alps Epic in 2024 will coincide with the French MTB XC Marathon Championships, kicking off on Saturday, June 22, with the first stage!

UCI Mountain Bike World Series – Megève / Combloux

Location: Megève / Combloux
Date: 28 June – 30 June 2024

A man rides a mountain bike through a race track

For those craving off-road adventures, the UCI Mountain Bike World Series promises thrills aplenty. The race makes an appearance in multiple resorts throughout its course, stopping in Megève and Combloux in June. From daredevil descents to technical climbs, this event showcases the prowess of elite mountain bikers against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

Renowned as a premier event in the mountain biking calendar, it attracts top riders from all over the globe. With races across disciplines like downhill, cross-country, and enduro, spectators can expect edge-of-the-seat action!

Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, prepare to be awe-struck by the gravity-defying stunts and breathtaking scenery.

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Le Bélier VTT

Location: La Clusaz
Date: 15 -16 June 2024

Riders prepare for the Belier VTT
Image: Clement Hudry, Aravis Tourism

Embrace the spirit of camaraderie and competition at Le Bélier VTT in La Clusaz. This legendary mountain biking event features a range of courses catering to all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned pros.

Traverse through lush forests, rugged terrain, and alpine meadows as you soak in the beauty of the Aravis Massif. With a festive atmosphere and post-race celebrations, it’s a weekend of pure mountain biking bliss.

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Megavalanche – Alpe d’Huez

Location: Alpe d’Huez
Date: 1 – 7 July 2024

Cycling competition France: Two people take place in a dual slalom bike race

Get ready for the ultimate downhill racing experience at the Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez 2024, an iconic event that promises heart-pounding action and breathtaking scenery.

Held every July, this legendary race kicks off from the snow-covered glacier at Pic Blanc, situated at a dizzying 3330m above sea level. Riders will navigate a thrilling 30km descent through varied terrain, including snowfields, rocky paths, and lush alpine meadows, all the way down to the village of Allemond.

Famous for its exhilarating mass start, where hundreds of riders simultaneously charge down the mountain, the Megavalanche is a thrilling blend of speed, strategy, and endurance, showcasing the ultimate test of mountain biking skills.

Young riders can join the excitement with the “Mega Kid” race, while everyone can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and live music in the Expo Village, making it a truly family-friendly event.

UCI Mountain Bike World Series – Portes du Soleil

Location: Portes du Soleil
Date: 4- 7 July

The VTT World Cup also makes a stop in the Portes du Soleil, promising adrenaline-fuelled action for mountain biking enthusiasts.

Renowned as a premier event in the mountain biking calendar, it attracts top riders from all over the globe. With races across disciplines like downhill, cross-country, and enduro, spectators can expect edge-of-the-seat action!

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Portes du Soleil, this event showcases both athlete prowess and the region’s natural beauty. Whether a seasoned rider or a fan of outdoor excitement, the VTT World Cup offers an unforgettable experience celebrating mountain biking at its finest.

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Transmaurienne Vanoise

Location: Val Cenis Vanoise area
Date: 14 – 20 July

France cycling competition: Transmaurienne Vanoise
© 2024 – Transmaurienne Vanoise

La Transmaurienne Vanoise by Dare2b offers seven days of exhilarating mountain biking in the stunning Haute Maurienne Vanoise, one of the most beautiful cycling regions. In recent years, the event has grown significantly and is now recognised as on of France’s top mountain biking competitions.

With over 30 years of history, the Transmaurienne Vanoise has revitalised itself over the past five years by moving to Haute Maurienne Vanoise. Additionally, routes have improved to be more enjoyable while retaining their technical challenges. This event is a true test of character but remains accessible to all, thanks to various race options.

Riders traverse breathtaking landscapes, including Mont Cenis, Fort de l’Esseillon, and the hamlet of Ecot. La Transmau’ features four modes: Hiking, Competition, Children, and Festival, ensuring everyone can join in the excitement!


Tour de France Femmes

Location: Le Grand-Bornand
Date: August

Riders in the Tour de France Femme
© A.S.O./Charly Lopez

Experience the pinnacle of women’s cycling at the Tour de France Femmes in Le Grand-Bornand. As one of the most iconic events in the cycling calendar, this race brings together top female cyclists for a gruelling test of skill and endurance. From scenic alpine climbs to nail-biting sprint finishes, every stage is a spectacle unto itself.

Stage 7 of the race takes cyclists from Champagnole to Le Grand-Bornand, with stage 8 continuing to Alpe d’Huez. Discover more details about the route by visiting the website.

Join the festivities and witness history in the making as champions emerge amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the French Alps!

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With a plethora of cycling events dotting the summer calendar, the French Alps beckon adventurers and enthusiasts alike to embrace the thrill of the ride. Whether you’re chasing podium finishes or simply seeking scenic escapades, there’s no shortage of excitement awaiting you in the mountains.

So pack your gear, hop on your bike, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the Alpine heights. Your next cycling adventure awaits with OVO Network partner chalets as your base camp for exploration and relaxation amidst the stunning landscapes of the French Alps.

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