A fantastic mountain biking loop.
The route starts in Megève – and goes up from the very start. After 5 kms to Leutaz, the road is no longer paved. It’s a fairly good gravel path all the up way to Col de Basse-Combe (1890 metres). While averaging around 7%, this is misleading. It’s very uneven with several super steep ramps. But scenic and enjoyable.
The road is deserted, first winding through the woods and then eventually above the tree line to the Col.
At Basse Combe, the road continues along and up the mountain ridge. A little hike across a field joins another farm road to Col de Véry. The views of Mont Blanc are pretty amazing – unfortunately it was a fairly hazy day. I will definitely try this again on a clear sunny day.
At Véry – the road ends. It is just a short trail to Col de la Croix de Pierre. From here, my plan was to try and ride, carry, hike, etc. to Col du Joly – directly towards Mont Blanc – on a signed alpine hiking trail. It’s relatively technical but mainly ride-able.
Unfortunately I got a little confused and ended up descending a rocky farm road, somehow leaving the hiking trail – finding myself well below Col du Joly.
I probably should have still climbed Joly, but I was in the wrong valley, and still had to cycle up Col des Saisies to get back to Megève. So I wimped out and just headed to Saisies.
Still, a great loop in a beautiful environment.