The Tour de France has ensured the Alps are embedded in cycling folklore, thanks to the pain, suffering and glory dished out by all the legendary climbs. But there’s so much more to the French Alps than the Galibier or the Alpe d’Huez.

With the Ruta Negra French Alps, we’ve designed a unique loop around the Alps, including many classic climbs and lots of lesser-known gems, focussing on the challenge aspect. We’ve included the Col de la Bonette, the highest paved through-road in Europe, the Col de l’Iseran, the highest paved pass in the Alps, twice up the Mont Ventoux, and the Col d’Izoard, the last mountain-top finish on the 2017 Tour de France.

There’s a daily average of 147km and close to 48,000m of climbing over two weeks, this is not a trip for the uninitiated and is on a par with the Ruta Negra Italia.