Trivia: Name a climb south of Annecy with virtually the same stats as Alpe d’Huez…
Le Semnoz is the huge massif on the west side of Lake Annecy. It is the highest paved cycling climb in the region. I prefer the quieter south side. Map, photos, profile, etc.
Not the longest or toughest loop, but very scenic, bike friendly, and occasionally crazy steep. Plus the best view of Lake Annecy from a road bike:
A few days ago, I snuck in a final big climb before the snow arrived…
Col de Chérel is another little known, deserted, tough, climb, from Lake Annecy. This is a relatively tough, truly quiet, loop in the Bauges Alps. Note: The top several kilometres of both cols are unpaved roads – I had my 29er mountain bike.
Col de l’Aulp and Col de la Forclaz – great secret climb above Lake Annecy.
A bike/hike to Col des Contrebandiers and above to Mont Veyrier. Photos, map, etc.
A winter bike ride up Le Semnoz, Annecy’ biggest cycling climb. Then Cross Country Skiing at the summit. Photos, map, etc.
The Venice of the Alps. Here are my top 10 Cycling Climbs from beautiful Lake Annecy.