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Cycling and Mountain Biking around Briancon

Often the starting or the finishing point of Tour De France, Briancon has been a base for a number of enthusiastic cyclists and bikers. The legendary mountain passes, valleys, trails and woods around Briancon are one of the best backcountry mountain biking terrains in France, drawing enthusiastic bikers from France, Italy and around the world.

Mountain biking in Briancon

Briancon and the regions around it are filled with numerous adventure travel companies that can take you on some of the best mountain biking (MTB) tours in the Brianconnais. For those who want to explore the fantastic Briancon biking stretches on their own, there are rental services that offer high quality gear for mountain biking including bikes, helmets, pads and other equipment at reasonable rates.

If you are an expert biker wanting to explore the beauty of Brianconnais on your own, you won’t have to worry about losing trail or getting lost in the valleys as most of the mountain biking or VTT (as it is know in France) trails are marked and maintained, with pit stops in between to provide route maps, bike washing services and tools for bike repairs.

You can find different levels of biking trails in and around Briancon, suitable for learners, and even experts. One of the most popular biking trails here includes the 14 km downhill from the top of Prorel Cable at Briancon, which can be reached by a cable car. Other trails you can consider are:

  • The Queyras Valley in the Hautes Alpes that is suitable for light riders. This is a single biking trail that is usually sunny and bright with rich natural preserves surrounding it.
  • The VTT trail connecting the higher valleys of Argentiere, the Queyras, and the Fressinieres with magnificent mountain views make the trip memorable. The food joints and rest stops located at convenient distances make the journey easy and comfortable.
  • The Franco-Italian trail from Briancon to Sestriere in Italy, which takes around 3 days for an average biker to cover, is scenic and moderately challenging.

To get the best of mountain biking around Briancon, start by exploring the area on foot while hiking, to assess the level of difficulty you may have to face. As cycles and bikes are the easiest modes of transport in and around Briancon, you can just take your own bike or rent one there to explore the offbeat and undiscovered tracks for a thrilling adventure. Apart from the valleys and mountain trails, you can also enjoy riding on the Alpine meadows in summer and the golden autumns, especially around the Briancon woods that are rich with tall Pine and Larch trees.

Contact Info

  • Marc Breuil, Riant Val
  • Av. du Professeur Forgues,
  • 05100, Briançon, France.
  • Tel: +33 6 07 49 43 11
  • Email

Key information

  • If you are planning your next holiday in the French Alps, you've come to the right place!
  • We have two fantastic apartments available to rent in the heart of Briançon in the Alps and within 10km of Serre Chevalier ski station.