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Cycling Holidays La Tarentaise

France


Col de l'Iseran

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Nearest Airport:

Chambery 110km, Geneva 190km, Lyon 190km


Airport Transfer:

Chambery 1h15, Geneva 2h, Lyon 2h


Nearest Train:

Bourg St. Maurice, Monetier, St.Foy Tarentaise


Train Transfer:

Stations found in all these towns


Bourg Saint Maurice from Saint Foy Tarentaise by Genevieveromier
Lac Tignes - Image from Genevieveromier
Col du Petir Saint Bernard - Image by Genevieveromier

Town:

Found at the heart of the French Alpes, La Tarentaise region of the Savoie, follows the upper end of the Isère river valley. The region is dotted with big name ski and mountain bike resorts such as Les Arcs and La Plagne (Paradiski), Meribel, Courcahvel, & Val Thorens (Three valley) Val d’Isère Tgnes (Espace Killy), La Rosière and Saint-Foy-Tarentaise. Bourg-Saint -Maurice and Moûtiers are both popular local valley towns.

During the winter direct Eurostar service is available between London and the region. In the summer a change must be made in Paris or Lille. For those arriving by car, a duel carriageway/motorway or AutoRoute stretches all the way to Moutier, which also provide short transfer times to a number of airport options such as Chambery (winter ony), Lyon, Geneva and Grenoble.

La Rosiere - Image by Genevieveromier

La Rosiere - Image by Genevieveromier


Les Arcs 1800- Image from Sebastien Monsart

Les Arcs 1800- Image from Sebastien Monsart


Val d'Isere from climb to Col de l'Iseran - Image by Genevieveromier

Val d'Isere from climb to Col de l'Iseran - Image by Genevieveromier


Biking:

Mountain Bike - With a large concentration of high altitude resorts, with modern lift systems most are embracing the explosion in popularity of all forms of mountain biking. Most resorts have now adapted their lift system to encourage mountain bikers with bike parks and mountain bike only trail crisscross the region.

Vast networks of interlinking resorts such as the Trois Vallee and the Paradiski offer massive amounts of terrain and trails to explore. Links from the valley such as the Arc en Ciel from Bourg Saint Maurice and the Moutier Meribel gondola extend the riding possibilities below the skiable level through the single track forests on the lowers slops leading to the valley.

Saint Foy Tarentaise is for those who love natural, flowy, breaks off single track. Similar to the winter, this resort, with just a handful of chairlifts is ideal for those who love to head back country with a full backpack and a map.

Tignes/Vald’Isere has focused much of its attention on developing a huge selection of manmade downhill tracks with loads of interesting, jumps northshore and huge berm sections. As with most places in the Alpes single track is everywhere, but often shared with walkers, so attention must be taken during busy periods. The area is service by 5 chairlift and gondola as well as uplift services from satellite villages, all of which are FREE during the summer.


Road Cycling - The region is also a hugely popular destination for road cyclists, with classic routes such as the Col de l'Iseran (2764m), the highest paved road in the Alps, Col du Petit Saint Bernard (2188) and the Cormet de Roseland (1968m). In addition, spread along the valley are a number of well maintained resort access climbs to explore. The valley floor and balcony roads provide the perfect recovery day rides, to explore a number of beautiful villages and hamlets throughout the area.

Ideal for families wanting to get their first taste of cycling in the Alps, located on the 12km stretch between Bourg St. Maurice and Aime is a flat paved piece of road dedicated to cyclists, rollerblades and pushchairs.

As well as bike related sports, the region offers hundreds of other activities to keep families, children happy for the duration of your holiday. Open air swimming pools, rafting, paragliding, summer luge, summer skiing (Tignes), hiking, swimming lakes and of course skiing throughout the winter.


Guide to road cycling in the Tarentaise - Thanks to www.Saintefoy-Tarentains.com

Download Tignes/Val d'Isere MTB trail map - http://public.tignes.net

Download Saint-Foy-Tarentaise MTB trail map - Thanks to www.saintefoy-tarentaise.com

Download Les Arcs Mountain Bike Trail map - Thanks to www.lesarc.com

Download La Plagne Mountain Bike Trail map - Thanks to www.la-plagne.com

Download Meribel/Les 3 Vallees Mountain Bike Trail map - Thanks to www.mountain-summer.meribel.net

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