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French Alps

One of the longest and biggest climbs in France. Val Thorens is the highest resort in the world famous Trois Vallées ski area (Courchevel, Méribel, etc).

French Alps

A lessor known but challenging climb south of Chambery.

Relentless and very steep


Last year Le Cycle magazine called Mont du Chat possibly the toughest climb in France …. for me it’s far too short for that honour, but it’s hard work.

PS – cyclists should check before every ride that their tires are in good condition.


It was riding through the vineyards and quiet countryside west of Geneva that first got me passionate about cycling a few years back (long before it ever occurred to me to cycle up an Alp). 🙂

Swiss Alps

Another great climb up to an Alpine hydro-electric dam/lake.

26.6 kilometres and 1680 metres (5500 feet) of ascent – this is a gigantic and beautiful ride well worth the visit.

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