In order to ensure you get the most from your holiday, the schedule is flexible and will take into consideration your preferences, along with those of the rest of the group.
You might choose to miss a section, cycle half a day or even take a couple of days off - Remember, its a HOLIDAY!
Some of the options are as follows:-
Ride #1 - “Local Discovery”
52km (32miles) - 940m elevation gain.
Discover the local area with a tour of the Giffre Valley. Starting from the Chalet, the route winds its way towards the market town of Samoëns. This is followed by a gentle climb to Sixt and the dramatic “Cirque Fer à Cheval. On the return, we will climb to view the spectacular waterfall - Cascade de Rouget, the “Queen of the Alps” before the final climb of the day back up to the chalet for tea and cake!
Ride #2 - “Hidden Gems”
92km (57 miles) - 2300m elevation gain
Our “Hidden Gems” ride encompasses three little known climbs on quiet roads. After descending from the chalet, you climb gradually to the towns of St Sigismond and Arâches before descending the hairpin bends towards Cluses. You then begin the spectacular climb up to Romme, with a short rest before the final, and hardest climb of the day up to the Montee de Solaison and its spectacular cliff hugging road. The final descent of the day brings you down the ancient and beautiful “Gorge du Bronze”. A ride not to be missed!
Ride #3 - “Tour de France Classics”
60 km (37 miles) - 2060m elevation gain (with option to extend)
A challenging ride taking in two of the famous Tour de France climbs – the Col de Joux Plane, and the climb to Avoriaz from Morzine. The Col de Joux Plane is known as one of the steepest climbs used in the tour with an average gradient of 8.6% over its 12 km length. Following this climb, the route descends to the popular ski town of Morzine, before climbing the 20 hairpin bends to Avoriaz! The beautiful descent via the Col de Joux-Verte leads to the minibus pick-up in Montriond. Those with energy in reserve can opt to cycle back to the chalet via the Côte des Gets (8km, 280m, ave 3.5%), for a total cycle of 92km (57 miles) with 2760m climb – definitely deserving of a beer!
Ride #4 - “Tour de Ramaz”
80 km (50 miles), 2300m elevation gain
A tough, but rewarding day in the saddle! Beginning with an undulating cycle to the village of Mieussy to warm the legs up, the first climb of the day takes us up to the Col de la Ramaz – most recently visited by the Tour de France in 2010, and offering spectacular 360° views including Mont Blanc! From here, an exhilarating descent leads to Le Praz de Lys, and the climb up the Col de L’Encrenaz. Those who still feel strong can attempt the climb up the beautiful Col de Joux-Verte, followed by a pick-up in Morzine.
Ride #5 – “St Jeoire Valley”
75 km (47 miles), 950m elevation gain.
A beautiful ride taking in the Marignier, St.Jeoire, and Giffre Valleys. Following a gentle rolling start to the day, the ride takes in the only climb of the day, up the lesser well known, but very picturesque Col de L’Avernaz, before descending toward Mieussy, the birthplace of paragliding! A final gentle ride along the Giffre Valley brings us to Lac Bleu, with its crystal clear blue waters offering a great place to finish the day with a dip and an ice cream!
Sample ride #6 – “Annecy”
46 km (28miles), 1400m elevation gain
The beautiful city of Annecy and its lake is not to be missed. This ride takes the steady climb up to Montée de Semnoz via the Col des Leschaux, rewarding you with spectacular distant views to the Mont Blanc massif. An option to continue around the lake and
take in the Col de la Forclaz offers a picture postcard view of Lake Annecy. Alternatively, take a dip in the lake, or wander around and relax in one of the many canal side café’s in the old town of Annecy.
Sample ride #7 – “Col de la Colombière and Col des Aravis”
64 km (40miles), 2000m elevation gain
A popular route used on the Tour de France, though often in reverse. A gradual climb through the village of Le Reposoir leads to the Col de la Colombière, descending through Le Grand Bornand to La Clusaz. For those who want to challenge themselves further, climb up to the beautiful Col des Aravis, with wide reaching mountain and meadow views, - visited by the Tour de France over 30 times!