Road Biking - Samoens, Grand Massif and the Haute Savoie
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 many 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 - check out our article, The Tour de France comes to Samoens.
Road Biking Routes from Samoens
Samoens - Sixt Fer a Cheval
Distance: 24km, Vertical: 300m, Max gradient: 6%
Superb riding through the Giffre Valley, along the river through Sixt Fer a Cheval climbing up to the famous nataional park Fer a Cheval with it's dozen enormous waterfalls and breathtaking cliffs. A good beginner / intermediate ride as only a gentle climb and plenty of cafes for a coffee stop on the way! Check out the cool air as you cross one of several mountain streams reaching the valley floor.
Download the GPX for this ride Samoens to Sixt Fer a Cheval and back to Samoens.
Samoens - Morillon 1100 Les Esserts - Taninges
Distance: 33km, Vertical: 537m, Max gradient: 8%
Some great views of the valley, with a solid climb.
Download the GPX of Samoens - Taninges - Morillon - Morillon 1100 Les Esserts - Samoens.
Samoens - Marignier Circuit
Distance: 50km, Vertical: 531m
Start heading towards Taninges, then Mieussy. At the roundabout before St Jeoire, straight over then left at the second roundabout. From there go through Cormand then follow Chatillon-sur-Cluses, then head back to Samoens. Good intermediate ride with one short and one long (20mins) climb back up to Chatillon
Download the GPX of Samoens - Mieussy - Marignier - Samoens.
Samoens - Megevette
Distance: 62km, Vertical: 700m, Max gradient: 9%
At Mieussy turn right and wind up the quiet mountain roads. Great cafe for a pause in Megevette! Then head back via Saint-Jeoire.
Download the GPX of Samoens - Mieussy - Megevette - St Jeoire - Samoens.
Samoens - Col de la Ramaz - Col de l'Encrenaz
Distance: 74km, Vertical: 1744m, Max gradient: 13%
Ride through the beautiful French villages, and climb to the top of Praz-de-Lys, overlooking Geneva and its lake. One for the climbers!
Download the GPX of Morillon - Col de la Ramaz - Col de l'Encrenaz - Samoens.
Tour de Bargy
Distance: 70km, Vertical: 1160m
A challenging ride, and has been a point of passage for the 'Tour De France'.
Tour de Mole
Distance: 72km, Vertical: 885m, Max gradient: 9.4%
Fantastic ride with an the ideal break point at the Lac du Mole. Pass through some beautiful countryside and stop in Bonneville for coffee!
Download the GPX for Samoens - Bonneville - Saint-Jeoire - Samoens.
Samoens - Col de Joux-Plane
Distance: 74km, Vertical: 1620m
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. Stop in Morizine for a snack and continue up the Col de Plain-Joux to Avoriaz past the beautiful lake Montriond to make a real day of it - 81km and 2300m vertical climb!
Tour de Roc d'Enfer - Col de Jambaz
Distance: 94km, Vertical: 1402m, Max gradient: 11% (briefly!)
Undulating ride with some great climbs and views. Pass through Morzine and Les Gets, ideal for a break! Cracking descent after you reach the peak of the Col de Jambaz.
Download the GPX Samoens - Megevette - Col de Jambaz - Morzine - Samoens.
Samoens - Col de la Colombière - Col des Aravis
Distance: 132 km, Vertical: 2504m, Max gradient: 11%
One of the most beautiful climbs in the area often included in the Tour de France.
Download the GPX Samoens - Col de la Colombière - Col des Aravis - Morillon.
Col du Corbiere - Martigny - Col des Montets - Chamonix
Distance: 211km, Vertical: 3891m, Max gradient: 17%
Téléchargez le GPX Morillon - Col du Corbier - Abondance - Martigny - Col des Montets - Chamonix - Morillon.
To hire road bikes try Anthonioz Sport (0033 (0)4 50 34 93 67) who have some excellent bikes. Alps Accommodation guests receive a discount so mention us when hiring your bike!
If you need a bike fitting or to browse a fantastic selection of all types of new bikes, visit Culture Velo in Sallanche (30 mins drive from Samoens). Professional advice, friendly team and great value. Busy shop during the season so best to call in advance.