Lac Léman at Thonon-les-Bains
Lac Léman at Thonon-les-Bains

The Route des Grandes Alpes is a tourist itinerary through the French Alps between Thonon-les-Bains on Lake Geneva and Menton on the French Riviera. I cycled along this route in June 2016.

Along the D902 climbing towards Morzine
Along the D902 climbing towards Morzine
Along the D902 near La Baume
Along the D902 near La Baume
New construction in Morzine
New construction in Morzine
Taninges
Taninges

Stage 20 of the 2016 Tour de France passes through Taninges on the penultimate day of the tour.

Cluses
Cluses
3k from the summit of Col de la Colombière
3k from the summit of Col de la Colombière

This Category 1 climb was first included in the Tour de France in 1960 and has since featured 20 times.

Col des Aravis
Col des Aravis

In 1911, on its first incursion in the Alps, riders in the Tour de France tackled their first alpine pass, Les Aravis.

Climbing D902 above Val d'Isère
Climbing D902 above Val d'Isère
Near the summit of Col de l'iseran
Near the summit of Col de l'iseran

Col de l'Iseran (el. 2,764 metres) is the highest paved pass in the Alps. It is situated in the department of Savoie, near the border with Italy.

Descending the Col de l'iseran
Descending the Col de l'iseran
A bus stop along the D1006
A bus stop along the D1006
In the village of Valloire
In the village of Valloire
Ascending Galibier
Ascending Galibier
Savoie cheeses
Savoie cheeses

Served before dessert and consumed in order from mild to sharp.

Along the N94 south of Briancon
Along the N94 south of Briancon
South view from the summit of Col de la Cayolle
South view from the summit of Col de la Cayolle

Col de la Cayolle (el. 2,326 m) sits at the border between the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

Dining companion in Entraunes
Dining companion in Entraunes
Along the D29 climbing towards Péone
Along the D29 climbing towards Péone
Climbing Col de la Couillole from Beuil les Launes
Climbing Col de la Couillole from Beuil les Launes
A game of football in Saint-Sauveur-de-Tinée
A game of football in Saint-Sauveur-de-Tinée
Good samaritans who gave me a lift up Col de Turini
Good samaritans who gave me a lift up Col de Turini

Intense suffering on the second climb of the day caused me to abandon into a VW camper van.

Along D2566 heading toward Sospel
Along D2566 heading toward Sospel
Pizza dinner in Sospel as the clouds lift
Pizza dinner in Sospel as the clouds lift
The summit of Col de Castillon
The summit of Col de Castillon

15k to the Mediterranean - all downhill.

Menton
Menton

Menton is located on the French Riviera at the Franco-Italian border.

Lac Léman at Thonon-les-Bains
Along the D902 climbing towards Morzine
Along the D902 near La Baume
New construction in Morzine
Taninges
Cluses
3k from the summit of Col de la Colombière
Col des Aravis
Climbing D902 above Val d'Isère
Near the summit of Col de l'iseran
Descending the Col de l'iseran
A bus stop along the D1006
In the village of Valloire
Ascending Galibier
Savoie cheeses
Along the N94 south of Briancon
South view from the summit of Col de la Cayolle
Dining companion in Entraunes
Along the D29 climbing towards Péone
Climbing Col de la Couillole from Beuil les Launes
A game of football in Saint-Sauveur-de-Tinée
Good samaritans who gave me a lift up Col de Turini
Along D2566 heading toward Sospel
Pizza dinner in Sospel as the clouds lift
The summit of Col de Castillon
Menton
Lac Léman at Thonon-les-Bains

The Route des Grandes Alpes is a tourist itinerary through the French Alps between Thonon-les-Bains on Lake Geneva and Menton on the French Riviera. I cycled along this route in June 2016.

Along the D902 climbing towards Morzine
Along the D902 near La Baume
New construction in Morzine
Taninges

Stage 20 of the 2016 Tour de France passes through Taninges on the penultimate day of the tour.

Cluses
3k from the summit of Col de la Colombière

This Category 1 climb was first included in the Tour de France in 1960 and has since featured 20 times.

Col des Aravis

In 1911, on its first incursion in the Alps, riders in the Tour de France tackled their first alpine pass, Les Aravis.

Climbing D902 above Val d'Isère
Near the summit of Col de l'iseran

Col de l'Iseran (el. 2,764 metres) is the highest paved pass in the Alps. It is situated in the department of Savoie, near the border with Italy.

Descending the Col de l'iseran
A bus stop along the D1006
In the village of Valloire
Ascending Galibier
Savoie cheeses

Served before dessert and consumed in order from mild to sharp.

Along the N94 south of Briancon
South view from the summit of Col de la Cayolle

Col de la Cayolle (el. 2,326 m) sits at the border between the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

Dining companion in Entraunes
Along the D29 climbing towards Péone
Climbing Col de la Couillole from Beuil les Launes
A game of football in Saint-Sauveur-de-Tinée
Good samaritans who gave me a lift up Col de Turini

Intense suffering on the second climb of the day caused me to abandon into a VW camper van.

Along D2566 heading toward Sospel
Pizza dinner in Sospel as the clouds lift
The summit of Col de Castillon

15k to the Mediterranean - all downhill.

Menton

Menton is located on the French Riviera at the Franco-Italian border.

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