Cycling with LVF ALPS
Our area is becoming increasingly well known for road cycling. Since 2006 the Tour de France has either passed through Samoens or very close to Samoens 6 times!
LVF ALPS can provide / organise:
• Excellent ensuite accommodation for up-to 20 people
• Professional Chef - endurance athlete himself, will prepared food tailored to your dietary needs
• Bike storage, bike trailer if required
• Transport to the furthest climbs if required
• Post cycle recovery facilities (hot tub & massage)
• Use of cinema room for pre / post cycle get togethers
• Outdoor swimming pool
We also can provide route maps if required and on call support in case of emergencies.
Popular rides for enthusiasts, amateur and pro, starting near LvF Alps - Samoens are:
Six Fer A Cheval - 22km with a 370m climb. Superb riding through the Giffre Valley, along the river through Sixt Fer a Cheval climbing up to the famous national park Fer a Cheval with it's dozen enormous waterfalls, and breathtaking cliffs.
Marignier Circuit - 50km with a climb of 520m. From LvF head into Samoens then to 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,withaclimbof700m. AsabovebutatMieussyturnright up the quiet mountain roads. Great cafe in Megevette! Return via St. Jeoire.
Circuit De Joux-Plane - 74km with a vertical climb of 1620m overall. This ride offers stunning views, tough climbs and long descents. Only open in the summer, this route is usually covered in snow from December to April. Stop in Morizine then either return via Les Gets & Taninges or continue to Avoriaz past the beautiful lake Montriond before returning via Les Gets & Taninges. 81km and 2300m vertical climb!
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’.
Other Road Bike Circuits in the Samoëns area.
Tour du Lac Léman
A long but relatively flat route is the circuit of the Lake Léman (Lake Geneva) Starting Point: Port de Rive a Thonon Route Details: The total loop is 170km but is not particularly demanding so takes between 6 and 9 hours. The route passes through the famous towns of Evian les Bain, Montreux, Lausanne and Geneva as well as the beautiful villages of Nyon and Yvoire (10km detour required for Yvoire).
Tour du Lac Annecy (Annecy is 70km from Samoens)
A scenic and relative gentle route of around 40km skirting the edge of Lac Annecy.
Route Details: Starting on the lake shore in Annecy, head towards Old Annecy and then, heading in a clockwise direction around the lake, take the D909 towards the stunningly beautiful resorts of Menthon St. Bernard and Talloires – both well worth a stop-off for a swim!
From Talloires, continue on the D909 until Doussard, at the southern-most post of the lake, before taking the bike path that follows the D1508 back to Annecy.
For those who like a REAL challenge, a Tour de France challenge:
Col de Joux Verte (1760m) (Montriond is 32km from Samoens)
Montriond (Lat: 46.196742 Long 6.694283) to Morzine (Lat: 46.179192 Long: 6.708877)
Climb Details: The climb is 12.5km with a gain in altitude of 800m with an average gradient of 6.4% and a maximum gradient of 11.1% between 5km and 6km
Col de la Ramaz (1610m) (Taninges is 12km from Samoens)
Taninges (Lat 46.107428 Long: 6.591526) to Taninges (Lat 46.107428 Long: 6.591526) Climb Details: Category 1. The climb is 14km with a gain in altitude of 960m with an average gradient of 6.9% but with a gradient of 10.2% between 9km and 10km.
Col de la Colombière (1613m) (Scionzier is 22km from Samoens)
Scionzier (Lat: 46.056651 Long: 6.550297) to Le Grand-Bornand (Lat: 45.942058 Long: 6.427557) Climb Details: The climb is 16.3 km long with a gain in altitude of 1108m with an average gradient of 6.8% but a with section over 10% near the summit.
Grimpée d’Avoriaz (1800m) (Morzine is 30km from Samoens)
Morzine (Lat: 46.179192 Long: 6.708877) to Avoriaz (Lat: 46.191901 Long: 6.775778) Climb Details: The climb is 14.6km long with a gain in altitude of 860m with an average gradient of 6% but with a section of 11.1% at the 5 km mark.
Col de Pierre Carrée (1844m) (Balme is 32km from Samoens)
Balme (Lat: 46.040240 Long: 6.613287) to Golf Course above Flaine ski station (Lat: 46.011441 Long: 6.678586)
Climb Details: The climb is 21.1km long with a gain in altitude of 1,343m with an average gradient of 6.4% and a maximum gradient of 8.4% making it a less aggressive, but longer climb than many of the col routes.
LVF Alps to Golf Course above Flaine ski station (Lat: 46.011441 Long: 6.678586)
Climb details: Flat valley bottom then uphill to Chatillon, through Saint Sigismond, Arraches la Frasse to Flaine. 80km round trip
Col de Romme (1297m)
Cluses (Lat: 46.060257 Long: 6.580424) to Romme (Lat: 46.029724 Long: 6.573408)
Climb Details: The climb is 9.3km long with a gain in altitude of 815m with an average gradient of 8.8% with a maximum gradient of 12.5% at around the 4km mark.
Col de Joux Plane / Col du Ranfolly (1700m)
Samoëns (Lat: 46.083413 Long: 6.727066) Morzine (Lat: 46.179192 Long: 6.708877) Climb Details: The climb is 11.1km long with a gain in altitude of 989m with an average gradient of 8.9% but with 2 sections over 11% the first at 1km and the second at 6km.
The Aravis Route
The route is a 140km circuit starting and ending at LvF Alps - From Samoëns take the valley road to Cluses before heading out of Cluses in the direction of Nancy-sur-Cluses the first climb is the Col de Romme, before heading toward Grand Bornand and the infamous Col de la Colombière. From Grand Bornand the route heads in the direction of Flumet but not before climbing the third col of the circuit, the Col des Aravis. From Flumet the return route is just less than 50km passing through Megéve, Sallanches, Cluses before returning back to Samoëns.
The route takes an estimated 6 – 8 hours.
Col de la Savolière (1415m) (Taninges is 12km from Samoens)
Taninges (Lat 46.107428 Long: 6.591526) to Taninges (Lat 46.107428 Long: 6.591526)
The ride can also be combined with the Col de la Ramaz to form a circuit.
Climb Details: The climb is 12.2 km long with a gain in altitude of 775m with an average gradient of 6.4%.
Samoëns – Avoriaz – Samoëns
Leaving the village of Samoëns the circuit starts with the climb up the renowned Col de Joux Plane, the top of which rewards cyclists with spectacular view across the Grand Massif to Mont Blanc. After passing over the Col de Ranfolly the route drops into the town of Morzine before heading up to the highest point of the circuit at Avoriaz at 1814m.
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