Tackling the legendary passes

The Great Mountain Passes Tour

July 3 to 8

A whole week of “Cols réservés”, dedicated passes just for you! This summer, take on the most beautiful passes in the Hautes-Alpes by bike, in complete freedom and safety! Better still, treat yourself to “La Tournée des Grands cols”!

The program

programme tournée des grands cols

Echelle pass


Izoard Pass


Agnel pass


Galibier pass


Granon Pass



Departure from Guillestre

An itinerary between the Guillestrois and Queyras, linking Guillestre to Ceillac! Find the GPX track or a PDF of the itinerary in the link! Start at 9:30 am in Guillestre (free coffee), then at 12:30 pm in Ceillac for local refreshments. Trace GPXitinerary PDF

From July 3 to 8, why not take advantage of an entire week dedicated to the the Guillestrois/Hautes-Vallées/Briançonnais  mountain passes? To each day its own pass and its own surprises: Agnel Pass, Izoard Pass, Granon, Galibier and Echelle Passes. And for gravel enthusiasts, there’s a session in the Guillestrois on Saturday July 8 to end the week in an original way! On the menu for each dedicated pass : – Mythical mountain passes and roads closed to motorized traffic and reserved for cyclists from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Free access, open to all, without registration or ranking – Refreshments “made in Hautes-Alpes” – And lots of other surprises (music, gifts & co)!

To sum up, dates to remember:
  • July 3: Col de l’Echelle – Vallée de la Clarée
  • July 4: Col de l’Izoard
  • July 5: Col Agnel – Queyras
  • July 6: Col du Galibier
  • July 7: Col du Granon – Serre-Chevalier
  • July 8: Gravel from Guillestre

The Hautes Vallées, Guillestrois and Queyras, and Serre Chevalier Vallée Briançon Tourist Offices joined forces to offer cycling enthusiasts a “Cols Réservés” week from July 3 to 8, 2024. For six days, cyclists will be able to climb the most beautiful passes in the Queyras and Briançon regions in complete freedom and safety. Passes and mountain roads will be closed to motorized traffic and reserved for cyclists from 9am to 12pm. Access is free and open to all, with no registration or ranking required.

Cycling enthusiasts can follow the footsteps of the Tour de France riders as they climb the legendary Agnel, Izoard, Granon and Galibierpasses. Alongside these cycling monuments is the ascent of the Echelle pass, linking the Clarée valley (Névache) to the Etroite valley (Bardonecchia). At an altitude of 1,762m, the Col de l’Echelle (pass) links France and Italy. On Saturday, July 8, a Gravel session in the Queyras will bring this week dedicated to bikes to an original ending! Fans of the discipline will be able to put their calves to a test on a mountain itinerary linking the Guillestrois and Queyras regions. At the top of each pass, there will be a “Made in Hautes-Alpes” refreshment station, surprises and a musical atmosphere…


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