By Chris Smith

Friday 6th July 2018

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Chamonix Routes

 


Chamonix is a great place to have a road biking holiday. There are plenty of trips that you can do starting in or near Chamonix. The Col de Aravais Col de Joux Plaine and Col de Grand Saint Bernard are all just a few hours riding from Chamonix.  Below we concentrate on two of the longer and harder rides that are possible from Chamonix. 

 

Col de Colombiere and Col de Aravis  - A classic Chamonix route. This route is rideable in either direction. The direction we have plotted leaves you riding the Col fe Colombiere from the 16km longer and harder side.  Follow the valley floor (paying particulat attention to the route to make sure you never find yourself on the motorway) for a nice 40km warm up . Grab a coffee or a can of coke in Cluses before you tackle the Col de Colombiere a 16km climb at an average of 7%, but with ramps of 10%. The climb has featured 21 times in the Tour De France and is most famous for Floyd Landis's amazing recovery ride just before he tested positive for PED's. Over the top of the Colombiere take care on the technical descent and then climb up the Aravis. Technically the lowest pass in the Aravis range at 1486m, the climb has been used 40 times in the Tour de France. A small collection of cafe's and restaurants make this a good place to stop for Lunch. A fast descent to Flumet follows, followed by an annoying drag up the valley through Megeve, a final descent to the Chamonix valley and then 20km of steady climbing back to Megeve. 

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Megeve - Monte de Bisanne -Col de Pre -Col de Roselend - Megeve . This route is based heavily upon the 2018 Stage 11 Tour de France route. Get a transfer from Chamonix to Megeve. Either ask the hotel to arrange it (they're used to arranging bike taxi's) or use your hire car, and park up in Megeve. There are lots of parking places and back streets to safely leave the vehicle. A 10 km warm up ride sees you ride down the valley to Flument. Here climb up a few hundread meters and take the undulating and contouring balcony road to Queige, where you join the route of the TDF. Here you can opt to ride all three or just one of the climbs that the pro's will take on. If you do the full route you will climb the Montee de Bisanne, (12km at 8.2%), the Col du Pre (12.6km at 7.7%) and the Cormet de Roseland (5.7km at 6.5%). At the summit, you return directly down the D925 to Queige and retrace your steps back to Megeve. The total climbing for the 100 mile day is 5000m, so make sure you pack your climbing legs to emulate the pros! 

 

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