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Mountain Bikers at Chalet Moccand

Road Biking Around Samoens

Roadies love this area, not only for its spectacular scenery, but also for its accessibility and quality of rides.  Samoens, is the start point and base for 6 fantastic rides, all very different and if they aren't enough, just 20 minutes away, a further 8 rides beginning for even the most experienced roadie.  Every few years sees the Tour De France passing through - fancy the challenge?

We can provide you with maps, directions and even pack you a lunch to keep you going.  We also offer secure bike storage, and short or long breaks depending on how long you want to stay in this area, and can arrange bike hire. The maps and guides also demonstrate the climbs and descents in detail.

The rides beginning at Samoens are:

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'.

Circuit De Joux-Plane - 74km with a vertical climb of 1620m overall.  This ride offers stunning views, beautiful mountain lakes just waiting for you to cool off, tough climbs and long descents.  Only open in the summer, this route is usually covered in snow from December to April. 2016 sees the Tour de France take this route in July.

Circuit De La Ramaz - 67km with a vertical climb of 1300m.  Ride through the beautiful French villages, and climb to the top of Praz-de-Lys, overlooking Geneva and its lake.

Tour De Mole - Fantastic 55km ride with the ideal break point at the Lac du Mole.  Ideal medium ride.

Fer A Cheval - 68km with a 580m climb.  Superb riding through the Giffre Valley, along the river and returning at Fer A Cheval with it's dozen enormous waterfalls, and breathtaking cliffs.  Again a medium ride.

Boucle Du Giffre - 42km and a climb of 430m.  Pleasant 'easy' ride circling the wide valley with the option of the hairpins in the middle.

To hire road bikes try Anthonioz Sport (0033 (0)4 50 34 93 67) who have some excellent bikes - an example would be the Scott carbon CR1 Team, rented by the day at approximately 30.50 Euros.  Alps Accommodation guests receive a discount so mention us when hiring your bike!

Le Tour de France recently passed through Samoens and over the Col de Joux Plane, read about it here.