Road Cycling Holidays
If you are looking for stunning scenery which takes in some of the best cycling in France and around Lake Geneva, Chatel is a great location for a cycling holiday. Many of the routes in this area of the Alps have been made famous by events such as the Tour de France, Criterium de Dauphine and Tour de Romandie. However you don’t have to be a pro cyclist or the strongest climber to enjoy the riding here; in addition to the famous climbs there are many rides of varying length to suit all abilities around the Abondance Valley and Lake Geneva.
You will find more details below of our tailor made cycling holidays and details of just some of our favorite routes.
Tailor Made Cycling Holidays
Chalet des Arbres would be your base for your cycling holiday, with 5 bedrooms the chalet caters for individuals, couples and groups and can be booked exclusively for your cycling club. We will tailor make a holiday package to suit you and put together an itinerary to match the type of riding you want to experience ensuring you see the best this area has to offer and with all the necessary support.
Our fully catered cycling holidays are available from June - October and offer you all the facilities, service and level of support you will need for a great cycling holiday. Prices start from £350 pp for 7 nights (short breaks also available) and we offer the following services;
- Airport transfers to and from Geneva for you and your bike
- Hearty breakfast & 3 course evening meal
- Local guides that have a great knowledge of cycling and the area
- On road support
- Sports masseur & Hot Tub
- Secure Bike Storage and maintenance area
- Energy bars, gels and recovery drinks
- Road bike rental also available
You will find more details on our summer pricing page, but please contact us for more information and so we can discuss your individual requirements.
Great climbs around Chatel and the Abondance Valley
|Col de Bassachaux - 10.4km
1113m - 1778m Ave 6.5%
|Col de Corbier - 5.5km
830m - 1230m - Ave 7%
Col de Trechauffe - 10.5km
Col de La Ramaz - 14km
Some Of Our Favorite Routes
Click on the maps to see the full details on Strava and download the routes to your Garmin.
Famous Local Climbs
Col de Joux Plane: A short distance from Chatel, climbs don’t come much harder than this one. It first appeared in the Tour de France in 1978. In 1997 Marco Pantani dropped everyone on his way up the climb to win in Morzine and in 2000 Lance Armstrong had a rare moment of weakness on his way up this tough climb.
|Length 11.8km||Highest point 1691m (988m ascent)||Average Gradient 8.4%|
Col de Mosses: Totally in Switzerland and used twice in the Tour, the climb starts from Aigle, a short distance from Chatel. Aigle is also where the UCI have their World Cycling centre which includes a velodrome where they run courses for people wanting to try out track cycling. There are also hundreds of kilometres of flat cycling routes a short distance from Chatel in this area of the Rhone Valley.
|Length 18.8km||Highest point 1445m (1028m ascent)||Average Gradient 5.5%|
Pas de Morgins: This is another climb that the Tour has used to pass from Switzerland back into France. This climb has been used 3 times, the first in 1977. Not that difficult from the French side but tougher coming from Switzerland.
|Length 14km||Highest point 1368m (459 ascent)||Average Gradient 3.3%|
Col de La Joux Vert: This climb was first used in 1981 and follows a narrow road passing a very picturesque lake (Lac Montriond), the end of the climb is in Avoriaz. The more famous route finishing at the same point starts in Morzine (see below).
|Length 15.2km||Highest point 1760m (876m ascent)||Average Gradient 5.8%|
Col de la Joux Vert: (Morzine/Avoriaz) First climbed in the Tour by Lucian Van Impe who won this stage in 1977 and 1983. It was also part of the tour in 1979, 1985 and used twice since 2000.
|Length 14km||Highest point 1800m (840m ascent)||Average Gradient 6%|
Col de la Forclaz: The Col de la Forclaz is a tough climb that crosses the Swiss / French border and is steeped in Tour history. The more difficult side is from Martigny, this climb has been used regularly in the Tour de France from 1948.
|Length 13.3km||Highest point 1526m (1050m ascent)||Average Gradient 7.9%|
Col de la Ramaz: In the same valley as the Col de Joux Plan, a new climb but a classic first used in 2003. That stage was won by Richard Virenque who was the first person since Eddy Merckx to hold the yellow jersey and king of the mountains at the same time.
|Length 14km||Highest point 1610 meters (960m ascent)||Average Gradient 6.9%|
Key Cycling Events For 2017
- Cyclotour du Leman - 21st May
A great annual event around Lake Geneva open to amateurs with the choice of 3 courses of 180km, 110km and 60km
- Criterium de Dauphine - TBC
Chatel has been a big part of this event over the last few years
- Tour Des Pays De Savoie - TBC
Chatel hosts 2 stages of this regional road race
- Tour de France - TBC
- 54th Val d'Aosta - TBC
Once again Chatel plays host to this famous race..
- 12th Montee de Bassachaux - TBC
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