Thursday 6th June - Day 1 -
After arriving at Geneva Airport, you will be met by one of our
guides in the arrivals hall. Annecy is a short 45 minute transfer
away. Here you will be reunited with your bike that will have been
driven down for you.
A couple of hours for a nice lunch, time to settle in and fettle
your bike, and then we will test the legs with a ride to the famous
the Col de Forclaz, an ever-steepening climb to a parapont launch
site, with a great panoramic view of the lake (and importantly a
Friday 7th June - Day 2 - Queen
- Distance: 115km
- Elevation: 2575m
Col de Aravis Loop - This is a big day in the saddle based upon
the 2013 Tour de France stage from Annecy. You start by taking in
the Col de Forclaz, with over 2500m of elevation gain. A fast
descent follows, and then jump on the cycle path all the way down
the valley to Ugine. Here you swing left and begin climbing. Just
when you think that the top must be in site, you plateau and then
there is a final 8km climb to the top of the Col de Aravis. Grab a
coke with the cows, before descending down a few kms, taking a
sharp left and climbing to the top of the Col de Fry, before a
monster descent to the valley and the valley road back to
Saturday 8th June - Day 3
- Distance: 110km or 158km
- Elevation: 2251m/3980m
Today with take on the Montee de Semnoz. We start with a gentle
roll around the lake on the cycle path, before swinging up to climb
to the col de Leschaux. From here we take a series of tiny roads
into the next valley and climb to Ailon -le-Jeune. Here we have two
options, to head back down the opposite side of the valley and
start the climb of Semnoz, or take in a further climb, the Col de
le Revard and climb Semnoz from the harder side.
The first option means your climb of Semnoz is a fairly stable
7% gradient to the climb for 9km, before the climb ramps up for the
last 3km once you exit the woods and enter the ski-station area. A
fast descent, down the spine of the mountain, back down to Annecy
is your reward.
Sunday 9th June - Day 4 - Warm down and
Time for one last local ride and a coffee in Annecy, before your
transfer to the airport.
Depending on how the legs feel we will either attempt to climb
the Col de Fry or do an easier ride to the Col de Leschaux.
nb: itinerary subject to change depending on weather and
other safety factors.