Reader Q&A: Hotels for cycling the Galibier and Iseran

Published by Lyn on 2 September 2013

Martin emailed to ask about accommodation for cyclists in the Maurienne Valley.

The beautful Maurienne Valley is a popular cycling destination in France. Photo: Andy Hodges

The beautful Maurienne Valley is a popular cycling destination in France.
Photo: Andy Hodges


Dear Lyn

I was thinking of getting a trip organised to the Maurienne Valley area with the focus on Iseran and the Galibier. Do you have any thoughts on hotels that cater for cyclists in the middle of these 2 areas

Kind regards,


Hi Martin
Cheers for the query.
You might want to check out our article on the Maurienne here. It's by Andy Hodges, who knows the area exceptionally well (he is the author of Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne.
I emailed Andy about these two cols last night to double check, and he recommends Hotel de l'Europe in St Jean de Maurienne.
"It's on the road to Col de la Croix de Fer," says Andy. "The owner is a serious cyclist with a bike room and he can help with on going repairs. If Martin is doing these two cols, note that there is a long ride between the two, passing a few other great rides en route."
Our bike-friendly accommodation section lists lots of other options in the Alps, or zoom in and browse the map below.

Check Andy's article about for more info.

I hope that helps.

Martin's reply:

Hi Lyn

Thanks for the info. 

A group of friends and I do some mountains each August. I have just come back from the Stelvio, Gavia, Mortirolo, so this sounds like a good trip.

We have previously done the Alpe d'Huez area, Ventoux and Tourmalet area, so this should be a nice challenge.

It looks like we would be able to access the following:
Col du Iseran, Col du Galibier, Col du Telegraph, Col du Glandon, Croix de Fer, Mollard, Chaussey, Madeleine, Mont Cenus, Du Lac.

I'll check out Andy's book and look into the Hotel de l'Europe in St Jean de Maurienne. The only other one with the same kid of offer is the Hotel Saint George's, although one in Modane in the centre would be ace.

All the best.

Alps Bike Hire

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