A SELF-SUPPORTED BIKEPACKING ADVENTURE
Alps Divide is a self-supported bikepacking challenge, weaving along the Western Alps, from the Mediterranean Sea to Lake Geneva. Crossing back and forth along the national borders of France, Italy and Switzerland.
A 1000km journey filled with high mountain passes, alpine pastures, turquoise lakes, and historic military gravel roads. Accumulating 34,000m of climbing along the way.
ULTRA OR TOUR?
The ULTRA will put your physical and mental limits to the test, with the goal to stay ahead of the virtual snail. In contrast, for the TOUR, take your time. Choose any start date you like. We simply provide you with the route files to tour at your leisure.
This is a route for the summit baggers, as 50 mountain passes await, with a mix of gravel tracks, quiet paved lanes and a little single-track.
Starting in the picturesque town of Menton on the Côte d’Azure, the route rises sharply straight from the off into the Alps Maritime. You will ride on some of the highest gavel roads in Europe, peaking with the Colle del Sommeiller at just under 3000m. The French / Italian border, steeped in history, will impress with its once mighty forts and ancient military roads, including the incredible centuries-old tunnel du Parpaillon. In the Haute Savoie, Mont Blanc will offer you breathtaking views, as you pass by mighty glaciers. Then into Switzerland, circumnavigating the majestic Dents du Midi mountains, where ‘picture-postcard’ views of rolling alpine peaks are abundant, riding to a soundtrack of cowbells. Then it’s back into France for the final push (literally) and down to the shores of Lake Geneva.