Road Cycling in Les Gets - Information on climbs
From relaxing family rides to routes which have been stages of the Tour de France, discover the wonderful scenery around Les Gets. 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! 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. - 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
- Col de la Colombiere – Hors Cat
- Col de L’Encranaz - Cat 2
- Col de Ramaz
- Col du Grand Taillet Cat 4
- Col de Jambaz Cat 3
- Plaine Joux Cat 2