Start in Betws-y-Coed, which has an abundance of cheap hotels and bunkhouses if you want to spend a few days touring the area. Take the A5 north out of the village towards Capel Curig, the road climbs slightly is wide with a good surface and some nice sweeping bends. At Capel Curig take the left turn A4086 towards Mount Snowdon, after a couple of miles you will reach the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel, this is where Edmund Hillarys team based themselves while training on Snowdon prior to his ascent of Everest.At the Pen-y-Gwryd take the left fork, the A498 this will take you past Lake Gwynant, there is a pull in here with terrific views of Snowdon and the surrounding mountains. Continue on this road, quite tight corners, some forest sections and another lake, Llyn Dinas. When you reach Beddgelert there are a couple of nice pubs. So why not stop, Have a beer, turn around and do it all again. This is a lovely scenic route rather than a fast knee down type blast, but pretty dramatic.
A great run up the sie of Loch Lomond, Ranoch Moor, & through Glen Coe, on a sunny day it`s one of the good ones.
Rode this in June 2008 - wow. Simply a fantastic road with two significant passes to negotiate, firstly the Col de Telegraphe through woods with dozens of hairpins and excellent road surface. Good stop point at the Col with large restuarant and photo opportunities. Then on to the big one, the Col de Galibier. This pass is above the tree line so has a surreal other world-like quality. Lots and lots of cyclists pounding away up the hairpins, but the views are very open so they are not a problem, just watch out for them coming down on your side of the road! An absolute must and part of the Route de Grande Alpes.
Leaving Le Bourg-D'Oisans look for the D44 which becomes the D526 which becomes the D926 and takes you to the magnificent Col de la Croix de Fer.Cameras at the ready, it is simply stunning.
Additionally, also follow the D926 to the N6 and take the D902 up to the Col du Telegraphe. You will see loads of fit cyclists panting and wheezing on your way up to the top. Ride down the other side of the Col and you come to the pleasant ski village of Valloire. Plenty of hotels and restaurants to choose from. Dramatic scenery. Absolute biking heaven. We rode it in July 2008. A must ride route!
Start your journey in Briancon, in the upper town, the walled part. Take the N91 towards the ski route of Serre-Chevalier. It has some long wide stretches and you can really open the throttle. Mountains on both sides, breathtaking. Ride over the Col du lauteret and at the jct with the D902, have a coffee break at one of the cafes to calm your nerves. Head for Bourg dOisans on the N91. Dramatic scenery. Absolute biking heaven. We rode it in July 2008. A must ride route!