Mont Revard


Mont Revard has appeared three times in the Tour de France – first in 1965. Two mountain top finishes: 1965: won by Felice Gimondi, and 1972 won by Eddie Merckx

The route was simple: Starting at the train station in the old spa town of Aix-les-Bains – 21 kilometres uphill, and then 21 kilometres back down.

The climb starts immediately, but It takes just a couple of kms to climb through the town.

Details of the south side climb via Col de Plainpalais are here.

I love climbs with cycling kilometre markers. It means one is in cycling country.

Mont Revard

It’s occasionally steep, but generally a very steady climb around the massif. Nearing the top is a small ski station (both Nordic and Alpine) – although almost all the snow is long gone.

from Col de la Clusaz

At the top, there is a fantastic patio/restaurant looking over the cliff down to Aix-les-Bain, Lac du Bourget, and in the distance the redoubtable Mont du Chat.

Views of Lac du Bourget and Mont du Chat

In the other direction, Mont Blanc is usually viewable but not today:

From top of Mont Revard

It’s possible to cross the massif, making a loop by descending the south side down to Chambéry – and then a flattish ride back to Aix-les-Bains. But I didn’t feel motivated enough to navigate through the two cities.


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