Despite its great name, I had never cycled to La Vue des Alpes – in…
Mont Revard is the big Massif just north-east of Chambéry, overlooking the south-east side of Lac du Bourget. Its imposing cliff face dominates the views east and the roads up need to cycle around behind these cliffs from either the north (Aix-les-Bains) or the south (Chambéry).
Lac du Bourget and Surrounding Cycling Climbs
The Twenty Highest Paved Cycling Climbs in France. Maps, photos, route descriptions, etc.
Cycling up to Pila: the ski station high above the city of Aosta. Map, photos, profile.
The Plateau de Chambaran is just to the south of the much higher, more savage Vercors Massif. This cycling loop managed 6 cols for the most part on super quiet roads.
Deserted 13 km cycling climb on snow-lined route. The road to La Barillette was surprisingly cleared of snow. And closed to cars!
One of my regular and favourite winter climbs. Col de Pierre Carrée (1844 metres) is the highest paved road open 12 months a year in Haute Savoie
Near the entrance to the “cycling-mecca” Maurienne valley is a great little road winding up through the woods to Col de Champlaurent. Ten fairly steep kilometres, lots of hairpins and virtually no traffic.
Near Geneva many of the best Nordic Ski locations are at the top of interesting cycling climbs.