Road Biking Around Samoens and the Grand Massif
Roadies love this area, not only for its spectacular scenery, but also for its accessibility and quality of rides. Samoens, is the start point and base for several fantastic rides, all very different and if they aren't enough, just 20 minutes away, a further 8 rides beginning for even the most experienced roadie. Every few years sees the Tour De France passing through - check out our article, The Tour de France comes to Samoens.
The rides beginning at Samoens are:
Fer A Cheval - 24km with a 380m climb. Superb riding through the Giffre Valley, along the river through Sixt Fer a Cheval climbing up to the famous nataional park Fer a Cheval with it's dozen enormous waterfalls, and breathtaking cliffs. A good beginner / intermediate ride as only a gentle climb and plenty of cafes for a coffee stop on the way! Check out the cool air as you cross one of several mountain streams reaching the valley floor.
Marignier Circuit - 50km with a climb of 520m. Start heading towards Taninges, then Mieussy. At the roundabout before St Jeoire, turn left to Marignier. From here take the D6 towards Chatillon-sur-Cluses, then head back to Samoens. Good intermediate ride with one long climb back up to Chatillon.
Megevette - 62km, with a climb of 700m. At Mieussy turn right and wide up the quiet mountain roads. Great cafe for a pause in Megevette! Then head back via Saint-Jeoire.
Circuit De Joux-Plane - 74km with a vertical climb of 1620m overall. This ride offers stunning views, beautiful mountain lakes just waiting for you to cool off, tough climbs and long descents. Only open in the summer, this route is usually covered in snow from December to April. Stop in Morizine for a snack and continue up the Col de Plain-Joux to Avoriaz past the beautiful lake Montriond to make a real day of it - 81km and 2300m vertical climb!
Circuit De La Ramaz - 67km with a vertical climb of 1300m. Ride through the beautiful French villages, and climb to the top of Praz-de-Lys, overlooking Geneva and its lake.
Tour De Mole - Fantastic 70km ride with the ideal break point at the Lac du Mole. Pass through some beautiful countryside and stop in Bonneville for coffee!
Tour De Bargy - 70km long with an overall climb of 1160m. A challenging ride, and has been a point of passage for the 'Tour De France'.
To hire road bikes try Anthonioz Sport (0033 (0)4 50 34 93 67) who have some excellent bikes. Alps Accommodation guests receive a discount so mention us when hiring your bike!
If you need a bike fitting or to browse a fantastic selection of all types of new bikes, visit Culture Velo in Sallanche (30 mins drive from Samoens). Professional advice, friendly team and great value. Busy shop during the season so best to call in advance https://www.culturevelo.com/Sallanches