Elevation of the route
Waytypes of the cycle route
Surface of the cycle route
From Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean by bike through the Alps
Route des Grandes Alpes® signposting
Designed primarily for motorised traffic, the route has two-way tourist road signs (Route des Grandes Alpes) along the 720 km of its main route. The variants are not signposted (remember to download the .GPX tracks).
Difficulty of the route
The route has a significant difference in altitude, about 17,000 m of positive altitude difference on the main route. You will be riding on mountain roads where traffic can be heavy in some places during the summer months. The use of an EV can facilitate your progress, but you must nevertheless be used to travelling by bike.
Weather and opening of passes
Remember to find out about the weather and the opening of the passes before you leave.
Getting to the route by train
The route passes 15 railway stations along the way. At the start, you can reach the station of Thonon-les-Bains by TER from Lyon for example.
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