Cycling in the Alps

Supported Cycling Weekends

Alps Cycling

We’re delighted to launch our new range of dedicated cycling weekends here at the chalet, removing all the hassle of organising the trip and allowing you to enjoy the sensational riding we have in abundance on our doorstep, with the added comfort of full minibus support throughout each day.

Our carefully selected, painstakingly tested routes showcase some of the most beautiful roads in the Savoie Mont-Blanc region, tackling an interesting and challenging choice of climbs, all surrounded by picture-postcard Alpine scenery.

The Tour de France 2016

A selection of routes closely built around the parcours of the final 3 mountain stages of the 2016 Tour, including:
- the mountain time trial on the Côte du Domancy;
- the formidable slopes of the Bisanne and Bettex ascents of Stage 19; and
- the climactic Stage 20 (also route of the Etape du Tour) which runs directly past our front door

Lake Annecy

A variety of rides in the beautiful environs of Lake Annecy, taking in several of our area’s most picturesque roads, including:
- the magnificent Semnoz climb, as featured in the 2013 Tour
- the Col de la Forclaz and its unforgettable views over the lake
- the Plateau des Glières, where double-digit gradients lead to a striking monument to the French Resistance and a spot of gravel riding

Classics of Savoie

A range of challenging routes through the bucolic Savoyard pastureland, including:
- the Col du Pré and Cormet du Roselend, with some of the best views in the whole of the French Alps
- the Col du Joly, in the shadow of Mont Blanc itself
- the Col de l’Arpettaz, a little-known but very beautiful climb

Famous Climbs of the Maurienne

Hop in our minibus for the short journey to the Maurienne valley, site of some of the most famous climbs in cycling, including:
- the Cols de la Madeleine & Grand-Cucheron, a fabulous loop starting from Albertville
- the Lacets de Montvernier and Cols de Glandon & Croix-de-Fer, heavily featured in the 2015 Tour
- the mythical Col du Galibier... no introduction required!

And of course, our favourite local climbs, the Fantastic Four of Aravis, Croix-Fry, Saisies and Colombière, each staples of the Tour and Dauphiné themselves, all feature regularly in our ride itineraries.

La Resistance 2017

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.  We are delighted to be working in partnership with La Resistance to offer a comprehensive package that includes entry to the race and the evening after-party "La Guingette".  The event takes place on Saturday 16th September 2017.

"First-class accommodation... challenging terrain... beautiful views" Guest feedback, July 2013

What’s included

- Half-board accommodation in a twin/double room, with a cycling-specific menu designed to maximise your energy on the bike
- A varied ride itinerary based on local knowledge and tailored to your ability and experience (with downloadable GPS files)
- Full minibus support on all rides
- Return transfers from Geneva Airport* to the chalet
- Use of our sauna and jacuzzi facilities each evening
- optional Strava segment challenge, for the full race experience!
- La Resistance Package includes entry to the event and "La Guingette" after-party

What’s not included

- Travel between your home and Geneva Airport*
- Lunch each day on the bike; stops will be arranged in local bakeries/cafés
- Drinks with your evening meal
- Energy bars, gels or drinks during the ride (we understand that personal preference is important here; our minibus will supply fresh fruit, water, sweets and other goodies)

We can arrange bike hire locally if you do not wish to bring your own bike with you.

* transfers from Lyon Airport or Annecy train station are also available

A sample 3-night weekend itinerary

- Friday AM: pick-up from the airport and transfer straight to the chalet for light lunch and bike assembly
- Friday PM: half-day ride to loosen the legs and get to know your fellow cyclists, followed by dinner at the chalet
- Saturday: breakfast and then the first big day out on the bike, again followed by dinner at the chalet
- Sunday: another awesome day on the bike, topped off with our much-loved Chalet La Giettaz barbecue
- Monday AM: drop-off back at the airport for your return flight home

Weekend prices start from € 525* per person with 3 nights’ accommodation, based on the above itinerary, although we can be flexible with arrivals and departures. 5 and 7 night stays are also available. Non-cycling friends and family are welcome at a discounted rate.

* depending on your ride itinerary, we may add a small surcharge to cover additional fuel costs; La Resistance weekend from € 600 per person

Scheduled weekends in 2017

Friday May 26-Monday May 29
Friday June 30-Monday July 3 SOLD OUT
Friday July 7-Monday July 10
Friday September 1-Monday September 4
Friday September 15-Monday September 18 LA RESISTANCE

Contact us today for more details and a full quote!

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