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Geneva to Geneva - 3 days of supported rides from the comfort of a base in Les Carroz-d'Arâches

 

‘Haute Savoie Weekends’

 

We pack some great climbs in to these weekends, including some Tour de France classics.  With ascents to challenge experienced grimpeurs looking to prepare for a big cyclosportive, and spectacularly scenic rides to get first-timers hooked for life, Haute Savoie has it all.  Push yourself to the limit on the steep-finishing Col de la Columbière; experience Col des Aravis, the reputed favourite climb of legendary Scottish rider, Robert Millar, and prove you're as 'hard as nails' on the Col du Joux-Plane.

Currently available for bookings of 4+ riders only - Priced from £800 per person

 

Contact us for details on suitable dates

Red Lantern Cycling Col de Joux Plane - Haute Savoie Weekends and 3 Countries 1 Bike

Sample itinerary at a glance:

 

Day 1 - Arrive at Geneva Airport late afternoon/evening, where you’ll be met and driven the 60-minute journey to your comfortable accommodation in the Haute Savoie region.  If you haven’t taken advantage of our Bike Transfer service you’ll have time to unpack your bike before we get together for an informal briefing on the days ahead.

 

Day 2 - More than just a gentle loosener, today’s route tackles the hardest climb of the day early on.  Col de la Ramaz (1559m) was the first Alpine stage of the 2010 Tour and offers some spectacular views.  After enjoying the descent there is the choice of going over the Col de l‘Encrenaz (1433m) if you’re after more of a challenge, or the slightly less strenuous road to Les Gets (1172m).  The ride continues down the well maintained road towards Thonon-les-Bains, before looping back along the pretty roads of the Vallée Verte.

 

Route distance: 100KM approx. Landmark climb: Col de la Ramaz.

 

Day 3 - First up is a regular feature of the Tour de France since 1960.  The Col de la Columbière (1618m), with its steep finish, will force you to dig deep, before a fast descent down the other side.  Then listen for the Alpine cowbells as you start a gentle ascent of the Col des Aravis (1498m).  The pace will soon pick up though as you climb towards the four hairpins that lead you to the summit. Once at the top you can see the giant Mont Blanc, which only gets bigger as you head towards Megève, and a well-earned opportunity for some freewheeling.

 

Route distance: 100KM approx. Landmark climbs: Col de la Columbière and Col des Aravis.

 

Day 4 - Hopefully you’ve saved something in your legs as there’s just time for one last challenge before you head home. Col de Joux-Plane (1700m) is a notoriously tough climb, with an average gradient of 8.4% over 11.8km, and includes a stretch at a testing 13%. After a run at this you'll know for sure if you're a climber! A steep descent awaits at the top. Time-permitting, there may also be the opportunity to climb the Col de la Joux Vert (1760m) or on to Morzine-Avoriaz (1800m) before your transfer back to Geneva to catch your flight.  

 

Route distance: 50KM approx. Landmark climb: Col de Joux-Plane.

 

Currently available for bookings of 4+ riders only - Priced from £800 per person

 

Contact us for details on suitable dates 

What’s included:

 

3 nights in 3-star (minimum) accommodation on a shared occupancy basis

Breakfast, packed lunches and three evening meals (1st night dependant on arrival time)

Vehicle support during your rides

Transfers to and from Geneva Airport (at recommended flight times)

 

What’s not:

 

Travel to and from UK airport

Flights

Travel Insurance

Drinks with meals

Meals other than those specified

Subsidiary or sundry expenses

 

NB. All routes are subject to favourable weather and road conditions