Starting from Chamonix in the shadow of Mont Blanc, this fantastic loop is almost entirely…
A truly beautiful mountain bike cycling climb to Col de Balme, surrounded by views of snowy peaks and a glacier or two. Map, photos, etc.
A simple there and back route, up the scenic but not too difficult Col des Montets and Col de la Forclaz.
The Chamonix tourist office gave me a map with several signed mountain bike routes on it.
I chose the “difficult” red route to Le Tour with a plan to then climb towards Col de Balme as high as possible.