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Road Cycling Les Gets

Cycling Around Les Gets - wonderful scenery - rides from relaxing family rides to routes which have been stages of the Tour de France

The region around Les Gets has some of the best road cycling in the world. It is made famous by the many stages of the Tour de France held in the area. The routes have wonderful scenery and you can chose from gentle to hard routes.

If you enjoy something less strenuous, you can cycle slowly, enjoying the scenery and stopping for espressos at the many cafés. Morzine is just 10 minutes' cycle ride downhill. This is the village regularly used at the start or end of many stages of the Tour de France. By staying at Les Gets, there are enough one day routes for two weeks of good cycling.

Some of the famous climbs in the area include:

Col de Joux Plane – Hors Cat - from Samoens to Morzine – a hors category climb – this will take the average cyclist around one hour fifteen minutes – however, it does have may coffee shops on the way! 1997 Tour winner Marco Pantani got up in 33 minutes! It was the final climb on stage 16 of the 2000 Tour de France on the stage from Couchevel to Morzine and also on the 2007 Tour. In 2000 Lance Armstrong cracked on the climb and Jan Ullrich took over a minute out of the American. Armstrong had already done the work to win the Tour de France but described the stage as 'the hardest day of my cycling life'. All the way up you see the name ‘Halgand’ painted on the road every few yards; Patrice Halgand is a French climber for the Jean Delatour team and he won Stage 10 of Le Tour in 2002.

Col de Joux Verte – Cat 1. I particularly like the route from Morzine to Avoriaz – this is a typical alpine climb, with 20 hairpin bends and one where you can maintain a constant speed. The climb to Avoriaz was was used as the final climb in the 1994 Tour de France mountain time-trial when Piotr Ugrumov won the stage. You can descend through Les Linderets – where there are goats wandering over the road. However, I prefer to descend the 20 hairpin bends as the route through Les Linderets is rather steep and the road surface not ideal. This climb will take the average cyclist around 45 minutes.

Other famous local climbs are:

Col de la Colombiere – Hors Cat

Col de L’Encranaz - Cat 2

Col de Ramaz Cat 2?

Col du Grand Taillet Cat 4

Col de Jambaz Cat 3

Plaine Joux Cat 2

Col de Cou Cat 4

Col du fue Cat 3

The following are three suggested routes for a good day's road cycling around the area, suitable for keen road cyclists:-

 

 

Altitude

Cat

 

kms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Les Gets

 

1172

 

0

 

Taninges

 

626

 

12

12

Châtillion -s-Cluses

725

 

3.5

15.5

Cluses

 

500

 

6.5

22

Scionzier

 

505

 

2.5

24.5

Le Reposoir

956

 

9

33.5

Col De La Columbiere

1613

HC

7.5

41

Le Grand Bornand

916

 

10.5

51.5

Entremont

880

 

7.5

59

Le Petit-Bornand

690

 

5.5

64.5

St.Pierre en Faucigny

450

 

7

71.5

Bonneville

 

440

 

5

76.5

Marignier

 

470

 

10

86.5

Châtillon Sur Cluses

725

4

6.5

93

Taninges

 

626

 

3.5

96.5

Rond

 

 

 

5.5

102

Fry

 

 

 

2

104

Les Gets

 

1172

3

5.5

109.5

 

 

 

Altitude

Cat

 

kms

Les Gets

 

1172

 

0

 

Morzine

 

990

 

7

7

Montriond

 

925

 

2

9

Col de Joux Verte

1760

1

13

22

Morzine

 

990

 

12

34

St.Jean D' Aulps

880

 

9.5

43.5

Le Biot

 

825

 

5.5

49

Col de Corbier

1235

2

4

53

Bonnevaux

860

 

5

58

Le Fion

 

763

 

6

64

Col du Grand Taillet

1035

4

2.5

66.5

Le Vernaz

 

780

 

9

75.5

Vailly

 

800

 

3

78.5

Bellevaux

 

900

 

9

87.5

Col de Jambaz

1027

3

2.5

90

Megevette

 

850

 

4.5

94.5

St. Denis

 

820

 

6

100.5

Chez Besson

860

 

2

102.5

Messy

 

810

 

1

103.5

Mieussy

 

635

 

4

107.5

Taninges

 

626

 

6

113.5

Samoens

 

695

 

11

124.5

Col de Joux Plane

1700

HC

12

136.5

Col du Ranfolly

1650

 

2

138.5

Morzine

 

990

 

8

146.5

Les Gets

 

1172

 

7

153.5

 

 

 

 

Altitude

Cat

 

kms

 

         

Les Gets

 

1172

 

0

0

Taninges

 

626

 

12

12

Mieussy

 

635

 

6.5

18.5

St. Jeoire

 

613

 

6.5

25

Onnion

 

785

 

5

30

Plaine Joux

1240

2

8

38

Bogeve

 

960

 

6

44

Villlard

 

795

 

3

47

Habere Poche

900

 

4

51

Col de Cou

1117

4

4

55

Orcier

 

540

 

10

65

Col du Feu

1120

3

4

69

Lullin

 

850

 

2

71

Vailly

 

800

 

2

73

Le Vernaz

 

780

 

4

77

La Baume

 

684

 

5

82

St Jean D'aups

750

 

6

88

Essert Romand

930

 

4

92

La Cote Arbroz

1120

 

2

94

Col De L'Encranaz

1432

2

4

98

Pont Des Gets

948

 

9

107

Les Gets

 

1172

 

5

112