For the best-trained cyclists
Three of the eleven largest crossings in France, as certified by the French Cycling Federation, cross the southern Alps. Firstly, there is the inescapable Grande Traversée des Hautes-Alpes à VTT, which covers 350 kilometres and 17,600 metres of elevation between Grave-Villar d’Arène and Laragne-Montéglin. The Alpes-Provence crossing winds its way through the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence area, from the Col de Larche to Manosque. The more seasoned cyclists attempt the Transverdon, connecting the Col d’Allos to Gréoux-les-Bains.