Our favourite Road Cycling Routes

There’s not many places in the World that offer such a huge choice of cycling routes, mountain climbs and breath taking scenery.  We have listed some of our favourite cycling routes and tried to categories them as either Easy, Moderate or Hard.  Easy cycling routes will normally have a distance under 50 km (30 miles) and a total ascent of less than 1000 metres (3000ft).  Moderate cycling routes offer a distance between 50 to 100 km (30 miles to 60 miles) with between 1000 to 2500 metres (3000ft to 8000ft) of ascent.  Hard cycling routes usually incorporate several climbs during a day ride, with distances over 100 km (60 miles) and total ascents over 2500 metres (8000ft).  How difficult you find a route will also hugely depend on your level of fitness and experience.  The key to cycling in the Alps is to get as fit as you can before you come out, take your time cycling up the mountain Cols and pace yourself.  There’s plenty of Strava segments if you feel the need to get a King of the Mountain (KOM), but remember to look up and take in the stunning scenery all around you.

You are welcome to use the following information even if you are not staying with us, but for those who do decide to stay in one of our Chalets, we offer lots more local knowledge and information which we are happy to share with you.  We also offer extras likes guided rides, vehicle support, information about where to stop for coffees and cakes etc.  Plus we will have a delicious meal waiting for you when you return to your catered Chalet.  Remember to respect the rules of the road and keep your eyes up to avoid local wildlife.  Enjoy your experience.

Col de l’Encrenaz – Category Easy

Distance 26km – Elevation 850m+

Starting from Les Gets there’s a refreshing descent down to Pont des Gets before turning off heading towards Praz de Lys.  From here you immediately start a steep climb up, but just as it starts to get steep, you turn off to the right towards Col de l’Encrenaz and the road flattens out in front of you… discover more

Col de l'Encrenaz

Col de la Ramaz – Category Moderate

Distance 45km – Elevation 1350m+

The Col de la Ramaz has been featured in several Tour de France routes over the years.  If you cycle the classic way from the valley floor you quickly start climbing up the mountains with fields and grazing cattle all around you.  You can’t beat the views of Mont Blanc which offer a great distraction as the road steepens and you find yourself out of the saddle battling the climb up through the tunnel… discover more

Col de la Ramaz

Col de la Colombiere Loop – Category Hard

Distance 160km – Elevation 4500m+

This is a brilliant day route offering some very challenging climbs with many alternative routes available.  Along the way you’ll go up and over the Col de la Colombiere, Col la Croix Fry, Col des Aravis and the Col d’Araches.  Keeping hydrated and fueled up is essential on this trip, but watch out for the… discover more

Col de la Colombiere

Tour du Mole – Category Moderate

Distance 85km – Elevation 1950m+

We often use this route for training at the beginning of Spring.  The route starts with a long descent down to Taninges, then continues down the valley to Saint Jeoire.  Continuing over rolling hills and through open countryside you’ll eventually enter the town of Bonneville.  After a quick refreshment we continue across the valley floor and start the climb up the Col de Solaison… discover more

Tour du Mole

Col de Joux-Plane – Category Moderate

Distance 80km – Elevation 2250m+

This is probably one of the hardest climbs in the area.  If you take your time and stop to admire the views and take photos on the way up, you will find it quite an enjoyable ride.  If however you decide to take on the local challenge to ride from the cafe at the bottom in Samoens to the restaurant by the lake at the top of the Joux-Plane in under 1 hour, you will experience the pain and suffering felt by so many…. discover more

Col de Joux-Plane

Col des Montets – Chamonix – Category Hard

Distance 190km – Elevation 5250m+

This ride isn’t for the faint hearted or beginner road cyclist.  The distance is long, the climbs are all hard, but the views are unforgettable.  You’ll go past glaciers, coloured lakes, through charming French and Swiss towns and villages.  This is a ride that everyone should do at least once, but it will take training, mental control, physical discipline and lots of food and water!…. discover more

Col des Montets

2016 Tour de France Stage 20
Megeve to Morzine – Category Hard

Distance 145km – Elevation 3500m+

Starting early in the morning, we drive you over to Megeve from the Chalet.  This was also the 2016 l’Etape du Tour route, so you can either image yourself as a Tour de France athlete or as one of the 15000 amateur cyclists that took up the challenge on the 10th July 2016.  You’ll climb up famous Cols including the Col des Aravis, Col de la Colombiere, Col de la Ramaz and the Col de Joux-Plane… discover more

2016 Tour de France Stage 20

Samoens 1600 – Category Moderate

Distance 70km – Elevation 2500m+

This is a great loop if you want to test your climbing skills to the max.  Both the climbs are hard and relentless.  Samoens 1600 is an up and  back ride, but by crossing the vallee floor and continuing up the Col de Joux-Plane it makes for a nice circular ride dropping into Morzine and finally climbing back up the Col des Gets… discover more

Samoens 1600

Tour du Mont Blanc – Category Extreme

Distance 415km – Elevation 10000m+

Let’s be clear, this isn’t a day ride like the others, but if you are staying for 7 or more days and want to do something completely mind blowing, we can put together a package for you including vehicle support and accommodation.  You will ride from the Chalet over many famous Cols crossing the border between France and Italy, then into Switzerland, before finally getting back into France and finishing back at our Chalet… discover more

Tour du Mont Blanc

Col de Joux Verte – Category Easy

Distance 45km – Elevation 1400m+

Starting with a nice descent down to Morzine to get your legs warmed up, you then start the gradualy climb up to Lac Montriond.  The road flattens out around the lake giving you the chance to recover before starting the second and steepest stage of the climb up to Les Linderets. We continue up the road through the trees before finally summiting at Avoriaz.  The descent back down to Morzine is pretty amazing with some fantastic hairpin bends… discover more

Col de Joux Verte

Cirque du Fer a Cheval – Category Easy

Distance 70km – Elevation 1500m+

This is a great start of your holiday warm up ride with nothing too challenging.  The ride takes you down to Taninges and up the Samoens valley.  At the top of the valley where the road ends you will find a cafe and a huge circle of rock.  The views are amazing and it’s like a scene out of Lord of the Rings… discover more

Cirque du Fer a Cheval