TOUR DU MONT BLANC


 

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TOUR DU MONT BLANC

This is a fantastically indulgent  alpine road cycling tour.  Taking in the very best of the Northern Alpine scenery from 3 different countries.  Through France, Switzerland and Italy, travel all the way round the Mont Blanc massif.

5 days, 502 km, 12,276m gain, 14 major cols

(There is a 3 day option for this ride, contact us for information, routes and prices)

 

Monday

Fly into Geneva airport where we will pick you up and take you to your accomodation.  Here you will be provided with a meal, maps and other information for the days ahead.

 

Tuesday- Morzine – Chamonix. 96km, 1676m gain, 3 cols

A gentle (ish) warm up day in preparation for tomorrow.  Todays ride takes us on a picturesque tour through the wooded lower mountains of the Haute Savoie.  The views of Mont Blanc from Combloux will take your breath away and inspire the next few days of riding.  Destination- the mountain mecca of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc for an excellent meal and a good nights rest.

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Wednesday- Chamonix – Col de Grand-Saint-Bernard. 92km, 3325m gain, 1 HC col, 1 cat. 1, 2 cat. 2 cols

The big climb day! Setting off from Chamonix we head straight up to the Col du Montets, the landscape, already more barren makes it feel as though we are heading into the big mountains.  More of the same takes us down and out of France and up into Switzerland and to the Col de la Forclaz (with Mont Blanc behind us today it is well worth getting in front to catch glimpses of it as you look back for the rest of the group!).  We get to descend the steeper side to Martigny situated in the valley by the side of the river Rhone.  From Martigny we have a 15km winding climb up to the beautiful Champex Lac.  Down to the pretty town of Orsieres we begin the 25km climb to the Col de Grand-Saint-Bernard.  This is a real treat.  We will stay in the only and best place available at the top of the oldest pass through the Western Alps.

road cycling chamonix

 

Thursday- Col de Grand-Saint-Bernard – Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise. 128km, 2102m gain, 1 cat. 1 col

Waking up to a hearty breakfast and the stunning surroundings at the top of the pass will inspire todays riding.  After we hop over the border into Italy (the second country of the day) we start a long descent down to the small Italian town of Aosta at the back of Mont Blanc. We head along the Aosta valley alongside the river and start the next climb at Pre-Saint-Didier.  At 23.5km long we climb 1,185m at an average of 5% up to the Col du Petit Saint Bernard which straddles the Italian/French border.  So after entering the third country of the day we descend down to Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise and to the hotel.

road cycling chamonix

 

Friday- Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise – La Clusaz. 100km, 2663m gain, 2 cat. 1, 1 cat. 2 cols

A short downhill takes us to Bourg-St-Maurice where the ascent of the Cormet de Roseland starts, a tough climb with a character all of its own, at 20km we climb 1154m.  We wind our way down the steeper side past the spectacular Lac de Roseland to Beaufort and almost immediately start the climb to the Col des Saisies, a 15km climb with an average of 7.4%, a testing bendy descent and we are straight into the climb up to the Col des Aravis.  Sitting in the middle of high Aravis ridge there is a stunning view of Mont Blanc on our right.  A 10km climb with a really bendy final section makes this a good final climb of the day.  From the top it is all down to La Clusaz and a good meal.

road cycling chamonix

 

 

Saturday- La Clusaz – Morzine. 86km, 2310m gain, 2 cat.1, 1 cat. 2 cols

A gentle downhill to start the final day but it never lasts long!  We head straight into the Col de la Colombiere from La Grand-Bornand, then climb the easier (slightly) side of this infamous col.  Down the descent to La Reposier a short up and a longer winding descent down to Cluses and back into the Chamonix Valley.  We get a good rest now with a fast and fairly flat cruise along the river of the Samoens Valley to the town at the base of the final classic climb- the Col de Joux-Plane.  A brutal 11.8km with an average gradient of 8.4% this climb just keeps getting harder.  With the fleeting views of Mont Blanc visible through the trees on the way up and the lake at the top reflecting the north face in its still water, this is the perfect final climb of a tough 5 days.  The final descent winds its way back down to Morzine to complete the circuit and finish our tour.

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Sunday

Breakfast will be available at the accomodation and if you let us know your flight times we will take you back to the airport to catch your flight home.  Please note, contact us for recommended flight times to ensure you do not have to wait too long at the airport because of others flight times.

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