Grande Traversée des Alpes

June 8 - 14 French Alps 6 days of cycling through the famous French alpine passes: Madeleine, Izoard, la Bonnette, Turini...

Crossing French Alps from North to South

Mapped at the beginning of motor tourism, the Route des Grandes Alpes links the highest Alpine passes over a majestic route transitioning from Alpine to Mediterranean vistas. DuckStore’s 2019 twist on this classic route takes in 17 storied Tour de France cols. Ride them all in a spectacular 7-day ride over the Alpine backbone that’s forged a century of cycling exploits.

Starting in Menthon Saint Bernard along Lake Annecy, this week of cycling is for those who love the mountains and dream of riding mythical Tour de France passes.  DuckStore offers on the road support with frequent feed stops, delicious picnic lunches, daily upkeep and maintenance of your bike plus bi-lingual guides who have ridden these roads for years.

The van is also nearby if you cannot shut-up your legs or simply want to ride in the van a bit. 

A ride across the French Alps has become a classic bucket list ride and we’ve spiced it up a bit.

Trip Facts


June 8-15, 2019 (8 days / 7 nights)


Lake Annecy, Lac Roseland, the never-ending descent off the Bonette, taking a dip in the Mediterranean at the end

Start - End

Menthon Saint Bernard Menton


Menthon Saint Bernard, Beaufort, Val d'Isère Valloire,Guillestre Saint-Etienne de Tinée, Menton


6 days riding



Group Size

Limited to 10 riders


7 nights in small quality, bike friendly hotels


Hearty breakfast, picnic lunch, balanced 3 course dinner

Cols Climbed

- Col de l’Arpettaz - Col des Saisies* - Col du Lautaret* - Col de Méraillet* - Cormet de Roseland* - Col de Turini - Col de Télégraphe* - Col du Galibier* - Col de l’Iseran* - Col de l’Izoard* - Col de la Bonette * - Col de Saint Martin - Col de Castillon - Col de Vars - Col de Saint Martin


Support Daily: bike cleaning and bike maintenance, Guided rides, GPS tracks


- 1 750€ double occupancy - 2 100€ single occupancy 500€ deposit to sign up - First 50% of balance due 8 March 2019 - Final 50% of balance due 8 May 2019 Payment in Euros € via PayPal, Popmoney or wire transfer Included Cultural document, Daily route guide, snacks during ride. Not included - Train or air transportation to start and finish city airports - Bike for each participant (rental options upon request) - Travel or personal insurance - Wine, beer and soft drinks (excluding bottled water) during meals - Hotel charges: minibar, phone, drinks at bar - Medical supplies beyond what’s supplied by event organizer - Sports nutrition (we know each rider has their own ‘juice’).

Start your next cycling exploit here!