French Alps

The Alps: Embark on an adventure with GravelUp!

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Best destination for cycling holidays

Set off on a bike adventure in the heart of the Alps, and be charmed by wild nature and majestic landscapes. Legendary cols, lunar landscapes, lush valleys and pure alpine air, riding gravel in the Alps is a real treat.

The Alps - an intoxicating place to ride gravel

Have you dreamt of riding through law dropping landscapes?

Then the Alps is for you! You’ll find snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes, wildflower meadows and authentic villages from a time gone by - in short everything you need for a satisfying and challenging bike adventure.

Explore the trails of the Vanoise National Park, be awestruck by the coloured rock of the Mercantour Natural Park, and savour the crystal clear waters of the Ecrins National Park. The Alps has it all for an all encompassing gravel adventure.

Why choose GravelUp for you next alpine adventure ?

Here at GravelUp we do our utmost to ensure that everyone enjoys an exceptional adventure. Our custom routes and itineraries, authentic accommodations, high end bike fleet and passionate local guides add up to an unforgettable gravel bike trip.

  • Custom routes

Our routes are carefully crafted by our expert team of local guides, so that you can explore the best that your destination has to offer. They are tried and tested (it’s a tough job!) and can be adapted depending on the level of the group and the weather etc.

  • Authentic accommodation

A comfy bed for the night its super important after a day in the saddle, and we take extra care in choosing where we lay our heads each night. All our accommodation is quiet, comfortable and genuine, with carefully chosen meals that include local specialities to refuel after a day of riding. Here at GravelUp we take refuelling very seriously!

  • Quality kit

We have a fleet of high end gravel bikes from French manufacturer Origine available to rent in all our locations. Both the traditional Graax and electric Help models we offer combine performance and versatility so you can enjoy the best ride possible. Spoiler alert - once you’ve tried one, you might not want to go back!

  • Local passionate guides

All our trips are led by a qualified and experienced guide who love nothing more than sharing their fave trails with others. They all hold the appropriate guiding and first aid qualifications, and are on hand throughout your trip to ensure your safety, give you some riding tips if you’d like and ensure the smooth running of the trip. In a nutshell you don’t need to worry - they will take care of everything!

Who is riding gravel in the Alps for ?

  • How we ride?

Whether you are just starting on your gravel journey, have dabbled a little or or a seasoned graveller, here at GravelUp we have a trip that’s right for you! We have 3 different level and duration of trip so that there’s something for everyone. Riding gravel with us isn’t about racing around and being King or Queen of the Mountains, we start and finish together and make the most of all that’s in-between. So you can relax with zero pressure.

  • Where we ride

We have both point to point and fixed base trips available, with daily distances ranging from 40-100kms. All our routes have been developed alongside the local tourist offices, Park authorities and sometimes the landowners themselves. Lastly our guides tweak the routes day by day as needed, depending on the weather, energy levels and the wants of the group.

  • What we ride

Almost everything is the short answer! Thanks to the versatility of gravel bikes, we take trails that are smooth, rough, flat, undulating, sometimes steep, wide, narrow - whatever best takes us into nature and whatever a gravel bike and us riders can handle. Seeing as our aim is to get right into nature, we take the trail less travelled far from main roads and traffic as much as possible. Feeling like you’re the only ones enjoying riding the trails is our goal!

Ready for an alpine adventure ?

If you fancy a bike packing trip in the Alps, get in touch with us to find out how we can help you with your adventure.

We’re working on putting together group adventures in the Alps - if you’re interested in joining one then leave your email address here and you’ll be one of the first to find out when they’re up and running!

If you can’t wait that long you can join a group trip in another top notch destination - check out our Trip Directory for 2024.

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