Elevation of the route
Waytypes of the cycle route
Surface of the cycle route
Explore the Pre-Alps by bike from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean
Signposting of the P'tites Routes du Soleil® route
The P'tites Routes du Soleil® itinerary can be done from north to south or from south to north. The marking is not assured on a large part of the itinerary, please consider downloading the .GPX track.
Difficulty of the route
This is a demanding route, suitable for those who are used to travelling by bike.
The altitude difference is significant, about 17,000 positive meters, without however crossing "big passes": many climbs on the program, but without exceeding 1400 meters of altitude.
Most of the route will be on medium mountain roads with a reasonable amount of traffic.
Weather and opening of the passes
The usual precautions should always be taken in terms of weather when traveling in the mountains. On the route you have little risk of being surprised by snow or extreme conditions if you travel between May and October.
Getting to the itinerary by train
The itinerary crosses more than ten railway stations, several of which are connected to numerous lines (Thonon-les-Bains, Grenoble, Die, Sisteron, etc...).
Traveling by electrically assisted bicycle (VAE)
In order to make the route more accessible, you can opt for an electrically assisted bicycle (VAE): the route is equipped with numerous recharging points spread out every 30 to 40 km along the route.