Summer in the Alps

Cycling Holidays in La Giettaz

Cycling in the Alps

As any cycling fan will confirm, the French Alps are the Nou Camp, the Old Course, Yankee Stadium and Centre Court rolled into one: mythical terrain where the sport's champions show off their incredible talents.  La Giettaz is right at the heart of it, located only 4km from the famous Col des Aravis, which has featured on the route of Le Tour de France no less than 39 times, most recently in 2016.  Chalet La Giettaz is an ideal base for cyclists of all levels who wish to experience these iconic mountain roads for themselves.

"An amazing set-up in a lovely village... a wonderful spot in the Alps... go there" Richard Moore, The Cycling Podcast, July 2016

The area is hugely popular with amateur cyclists, and we are delighted to help you plan routes of varying levels of difficulty, according to your requirements. In addition to the Col des Aravis, the Chalet is also within striking distance of the Col de la Croix-Fry, the Col des Saisies, the Cormet de Roseland and the Col de la Colombière.  Legendary Tour de France climbs, such as the Col de la Madeleine, Col de Plaine Joux, Alpe d'Huez and the Col du Galibier are all within a couple of hours' drive.

"Perfect for cyclists" Tripadvisor review of Chalet La Giettaz, July 2015

Less arduous routes can be found around the shores of Lake Annecy, which has a superb cycle path running the entire length of one side of the lake and on to Ugine (35km in total) and plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way.

You can find a selection of the most interesting routes from the chalet, with downloadable GPS files to follow, on Ride With GPS.

"The cycling is world-class" Tripadvisor review of Chalet La Giettaz, October 2016

Each apartment has its own secure walk-in storage cupboard, so you can bring your own kit with you.  We also have a selection of tools available for tuning up between rides.  Group bookings are always welcome at the chalet.

Cycle hire is available in La Giettaz (including electric bikes) or in many of the villages in the area.

The Chalet La Giettaz Strava Club is open to all guests.

And don’t forget, our hot tub and sauna will be waiting for you to relax those aching muscles at the end of each day!

A number of cycling events take place in the area throughout the summer:

Le Tour de France

The 2016 Tour de France spent 3 days in the Savoie-Mont Blanc region, culminating in the exciting final mountain stage between Megève and Morzine, which passed our front door.  We were delighed to host The Cycling Podcast throughout the period.  The Megève-Morzine stage was also chosen for the Etape du Tour, and we hosted almost 30 competitors in that event at the chalet.

Criterium du Dauphiné

This week-long stage race in June is the traditional main warm-up event for the Tour, and attracts a stellar field of competitors looking to sharpen their final fitness for the start of the Grand Boucle.  The 2015 edition passed the chalet on the penultimate stage.

Time Megève Mont Blanc

The Time Megève Mont Blanc cyclosportive event has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious events in the French sportive calendar. Typically the event takes place on the first Sunday in June.

La Resistance

La Resistance is a unique one-day mountain road and gravel cycle challenge, starting on the shores of Lake Annecy and passing very close to La Giettaz along the beautiful Route du Soif, between the Col de l'Arpettaz and the Col des Aravis.  The inaugural event took place on Saturday 24th September.

Aravis Bike Tour

The Aravis Bike Tour is a week of cycling-themed activities taking place in and around La Giettaz.  The 2017 event runs from Saturday 10th to 17th June, with a selection of events catering both for serious cyclists and casual fans alike.


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