The Alps are just as famous for their road cycling routes as for their mountain bike trails, and road cycling in the Alps is not just for the super-fit, lycra-clad experts!
The Alps are just as famous for their road cycling routes as for their mountain bike trails, and road cycling in the Alps is not just for the super-fit, lycra-clad experts! Expect a great many scenic routes with gentle inclines looping back to our hotels with family rides taking in stunning scenery and lake stops for lunch along the way.
Armed with our route maps and ride suggestions, you can tour so much of the Alps and even try sections of the famous Tour de France. We can offer you free use of our drop handled racers or hybrid road bikes.
As a keen rider, you may appreciate some of the more challenging cycling in the area, or many of the moderate road cycling routes to push intermediate riders such as the famous Col l'Isèran in Val d'Isère or the Col de Corbier in Morzine.
We have a fleet of Specialized road bikes which are offered as a free upgrade to our free mountain bike hire. Availability of bikes are limited so make sure you reserve yours on booing.
This famous route up to 2,764m will take cyclists up the highest pass in the Alps. It is not too difficult as the gradient eases with altitude, and some “holiday bikers” even do the climb on hybrid mountain bikes. Guests start from our hotel, distance is 17km, to the top, and the gradient eases with altitude. We recommend using our Specialized Road Bikes!
With the altitude and a lack of preparation comes accidents, which is why this circuit is a good ‘first dayer’ or Intermediate route. In parts on the D902 and D332, this route takes in the villages of Le Biot and La Forclaz. The lowest altitude is 767m (where you leave the D902), and the Col itself sits at 1237m.
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With altitude and a lack of preparation comes accidents, which is why this circuit is a good ‘first dayer’ or Intermediate route. In parts on the D902 and D332, this route takes in the villages of Le Biot and La Forclaz. The lowest altitude is 767m (where you leave the D902), and the Col itself sits at 1237m.
Leaving Morzine on the early section of the 1st day’s route, this route heads up to the Col de Jambaz after approx. 15kms. From the Col the route follows a series of rolling descents into Mieussy village. Look out for incoming flyers, Mieussy is acknowledged as the birthplace of Paragliding. The route then heads back to Morzine along the Giffre valley – one of the most beautiful in the Alpes according to the Guides Bleu. Morzine is reached via Les Gets after the climb from Tanninges.
One of the Tour’s best known climbs, its steep and irregular terrain make it hard to get into a consistent rhythm; and famously caused Lance Armstrong some pain on the 2,000 Tour. The local Tourist Office rate the Col de Joux Plane circuit as ‘Very difficult’! Although not as long as the 2nd days circuit, Plane is classed as ‘challenging’ by most riders, with a hard start, most steeps around 10% and just 11m shy of 1km vertical. The restaurant at the top of the Col is a more than welcome respite, especially on cooler days, though the glorious descent into Morzine is reward enough!
The day to explore this superb road cycling area for yourself.
Long Distance Raid Our friend from the first day, Col du Corbier, makes a re-appearance along with Pas de Morgins on this 130kms long route which takes in both French and Swiss roads. In fact, this route from Morzine to Lake Geneva (aka Lac Léman to the Swiss) only has those two climbs, though they are lengthy! Prior to the rolling descents to the lake shore’s 372m, you are offered some mouth-watering panoramas of two mountain ranges: the Dents du Midi and the Dents Blanche. The 25 or so kilometre return to Morzine starts by leaving Lake Geneva at Evian les Bains (of Bottled Water and Thermal Spa fame), and climbs steadily toward home.
Overlooked by the 1800 plus metre Mont Chery this is another of the areas classic Tour circuits. From Morzine through Les Gets it follows the occasionally busy D902. Turning onto the D238 at Pont des Gets D238 things become markedly quieter, but the first few steeps are ones to watch out for. The winter-time ski station of Le Praz de Lys offers a good break on the circuit before heading for the Col de l’Ecrennaz’ 1433 metres. From the top of the Col the route heads down towards the Giffre river, with a number of hairpins as Montriond is approached. The day finishes with a final climb back to Morzine.
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