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.

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.

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.

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

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.


Happiest while cycling uphill.


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