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Top location for a cycling trip and family holiday

Brides-les-Bains is a cozy, traditional mountain village in Savoy, located at the foot of Europe's largest ski area, Les 3 Vallées. It's a comfortable, extremely affordable base for cyclists. The village is easily accessible, compact but still has all the amenities for a great vacation. Brides-les-Bains is also very centrally located, and therefore perfect for all kinds of excursions.


Tour 2023

In 2023, the Tour returns to this region on Wednesday, July 19! The 17th stage of the Tour de France departs from  St. Gervais Mt Blanc and finishes at the mountain airfield above Courchevel. To get there, riders must cross the brutal Col de la Loze.

Visit the Tour stage and discover the region's many cycling opportunities. Bike during the day and enjoy a fine meal in one of the many top restaurants in the evening.

Gran Fondo Col de la Loze

Gran fondo
28 Jul 2024

Distances: 117km/4377m, 53km/2424m, 46km/2141m, 30km/741m.
City: Brides-les-Bains (France)
Bike type and category: Road bike / Gran fondo

Very challenging gran fondo with the Col de la Loze from both sides. Start in Brides-les-Bains, finish on the col.

Spa in the middle of the mountains

Brides-les-Bains is a spa town. Relax at the Grand Spa Thermal after a long day in the saddle, or get a massage. Relax in one of the many hotel spas.  Or take in a swim in the outdoor pool.

The perfect destination to combine sport and relaxation.


Well-being also means good food

Spoil yourself in one of the many restaurants after a day of riding and then head to a bar for the rest of the evening. Traditional restaurants, gourmet menus, local specialties - there is something for everyone. Brides-les-Bains has nearly 30 restaurant, in all price ranges.

Who likes to gamble can visit the casino! How unique is that, in the middle of the mountains?


Cycling hotspot

Col de la Loze

The hardest climb in France

The traffic-free Col de la Loze was completed in 2019 and connects Méribel with Courchevel. In the Tour of 2020, Roglic defeated his rival Pogacar here in a legendary sprint.

From Brides-les-Bains, both sides are perfectly accessible. A tour is 50 kilometres. You first ride to Méribel or Courchevel, where the traffic-free road starts. The Méribel side is the toughest climb in France, but via Courchevel it is hardly easier.

Les 3 Vallées, unique in the world

In Les 3 Vallées, existing unpaved paths are paved which creates a network of high-altitude cycling roads; completely traffic-free! You won't find it elsewhere. The Col de la Loze was the first step. In 2021, the La Tougnète (2405m) from Les Menuires was completed, only accessible for cyclists. In 2023, other side of La Tougnète (from Méribel) will be finished, creating a through road. A new cycle path from Les Menuires to Val Thorens has also been completed in 2022.

Brides-les-Bains is the perfect base for cycling in Les 3 Vallées.

© Agence Zoom

SD Worx

Basecamp for training camp and altitude training

Team SD Worx, the number one in women's cycling, has also discovered Brides-les-Bains as a location for training camps and altitude trials. "Brides-les-Bains is also called the cycling basecamp in Les 3 Vallées, as many climbs start from here. So you start here the climbs to Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens and you can climb the Col de la Loze from two sides. The foot of the Col de la Madeleine and the climb to Valmorel are also just around the corner."


Too many cols

Brides-les-Bains is the best place for a training camp or to check off the most mythical cols of France. No matter how long you stay, you will always be short of days.



You don't know where to start

The number of routes around Brides-les-Bains is immense. We selected the best and created a collection on Komoot.


Gran Fondo Col de la Loze

Gran fondo
28 Jul 2024

Distances: 117km/4377m, 53km/2424m, 46km/2141m, 30km/741m.
City: Brides-les-Bains (France)
Bike type and category: Road bike / Gran fondo

Very challenging gran fondo with the Col de la Loze from both sides. Start in Brides-les-Bains, finish on the col.

Book your stay en ride the GF Col de la Loze for free

The fantastic Gran Fondo & TDF Experience

  • 3,5 or 7 nights: just 100 meters from the start!
  • Gran fondo only or including the Tour de France

With the 7-night package you will be present for the gran fondo, the Tour finish in Courchevel (19-7) and the start of the next stage in Moûtiers (20-7).

Enter code LozeHBA2023 when booking the apartment and you will receive an email with free entry for the gran fondo.


World class MTB in Méribel

Surrounding Méribel is a paradise for mountain bikers. There are 11 downhill trails, 9 enduro trails, 3 XC trails and of course a bike park.

For those who are less fanatical, there are several places where you can rent e-MTBs. Méribel even has 3 special trails that are only accessible to electric MTBs.

© Gilles Reboisson

More MTB options

The whole Les 3 Vallées area is full of challenging and less challenging trails. Around Courchevel and Les Menuires there is also a lot to do.

Even a ride through the three valleys is possible, if you are well trained. Take a look at the map and discover the many possibilities.


Cycling events



Things to do around Brides-les-Bains

There is so much to do besides cycling. Brides-les-Bains is the perfect base for a wide range of activities. Some examples:

And much more. Visit the website of Brides-les-Bains for more tips!

Location for your active holiday

Being bored is impossible

Brides-les-Bains is very suitable for active people. All possible mountain sports are within reach. Hiking, cycling, e-biking, climbing, rafting, paragliding, via ferrata and much more. Both in summer and winter, you will not be bored for a second.



Mountain hikers run out of days

Many walks start from the ski resorts. Ask the local tourist office for information and hiking maps.

Tips (see photos):

  • Meribel: brisk walk to the Refuge du Saut.
  • Pralognan-la-Vanoise: brisk walk to the Lac des Vaches where you can 'walk on it'
  • Courchevel: Sommet de la Saulire (lift) to Courchevel.
  • Val Thorens: Le sentier des 2 lacs (easy).
  • Brides-les-Bains: walk along the Doron river.
© S. Aymoz

Les 3 Vallées

The largest ski resort in the world

Brides-les-Bains is connected by a gondola lift directly to the Les 3 Vallées ski area, the largest ski area in the world. More than 600 km of slopes are at your feet! Ski from Val Thorens to Courchevel and back. Snow guaranteed from November to April.

The big advantage of Brides-les-Bains is the accessibility, there is no long climb by car necessary. In addition, you will find in the village also particularly affordable accommodation.

Getting there is easy

By car or plane

Of all the villages in Les 3 Vallées, Brides-les-Bains is by far the easiest to get to. The perfect French highways will breng you there in no time. No need for a long mountain pass, from Moûtiers you can reach your destination in a few kilometers!

Geneva airport is about 2 hours away. There are non-stop flights to Chambéry (1 hr by car) from the UK, Portugal, Spain and Italy.


Résidences Alticimes


Résidences Alticimes, in the heart of Brides-les-Bains, offers you a secure environment for your stay, both for you and your bikes. Take advantage of our private, secure bike room ( with video surveillance), accessible only to our guests by code. For optimal concentration, we can take care of everything from grocery deliveries,  advice on cycling routes in the 3 Valleys.

Need a day off? We'll be happy to advise you on all your activities. 


Hôtel Mercure


Hôtel Mercure is a cycling friendly 4-star hotel in the center of Brides-les-Bains. Includes a bike store, car access, wellness, swimming pool and lounge bar. Directly at the foot of the Col de la Loze.

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