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Looking for road bike routes around Morzine?
Road ride routes from Les Gets?
Road riding from St Jean d’Aulps?
All the road bike routes in and around Morzine and Les Gets I am going to describe work equally well from these 3 towns. There are probably 20 main rides to choose from, all of which can be reversed plus an infinite number of variations, so there is no excuse to repeat the same rides over and over!
If you are new to road riding or new to the area and a bit nervous I suggest you don’t head straight for the big name cols. You’ll enjoy them more if you work up to them.
I have my own personal ranking system. I start with no cols and in a good year work through the ranking until I reach the Sportives at the end of June. Then usually I have had enough by mid-July and spend the rest of the summer in the pool! 2016 is turning out no different!
The main roads in the area are quite busy. Not as bad as in Chamonix or Megeve but still pretty unpleasant, especially in July and August. Most of the rides will avoid them if possible.
As far as map reading goes I suggest getting a modern bike GPS (I have a Garmin 520) and downloading the routes from Strava onto that. If you’d prefer not to use this technology then print out the maps and prepare to stop a lot! Though saying that the “Full Cols” rides have very easy navigation. The timings are the estimates from Strava. You might be faster or slower!
27/JULY…This is a work in progress, I’ve done 5 and will keep on adding….
Corbier and Grand Taillet 43km, 1100m
Grand Taillet, Plateau de Gavot and Evian
Encrenaz and back via Les Gets
Col de Feu/Moises/Cou
Encrenaz + Ramaz
Vallee Verte Col + Ramaz
Megevette + Joux Plane
Tour of the lac
Ramaz + Joux Plane
Ramaz or Joux Plane + Avoriaz
Morzine-Montriond short Sportive (1.5 cols)
Morzine-Montiond long Sportive (2.5 cols)
Avoriaz + Corbier + Megevette + Joux Plane
Rides with Kids
Lac Mine d’Or
Ramaz and back!
Rhone Valley cycle route
Round Lac Annecy
Road riding in Morzine with No Cols
These are perfect leg stretchers or early season rides. They enable you to get in some time in the saddle without having to slog over the cols. I do a few variations of these to kick off my season.
Tour of the Villages 36km, 820m, 1hr46m
Strava Route https://www.strava.com/routes/5761871
Includes Morzine, Montriond, Essert La Pierre, St Jean d’Aulps, Le Biot, Seytroux, St Jean d’Aulps and Essert Romand. Remember to take the back roads through St Jean d’Aulps in both directions, it keeps you off the main road and means you get to ride past the Abbaye too. You can cut the ride short any time you want and ride home on the valley road.
Coffee – Morzine, and 50% of the time Le Biot and Seytroux
Water – Le Biot, Essert la Pierre, St Jean d’Aulps and Morzine!
Bioge and back via La Vernaz 46km, 780m, 2h15m
Strava route https://www.strava.com/routes/5761999
You can add or subtract as much of the main road as you like, the more villages you add the harder it gets! The route described here has is a happy medium. The climb from Bioge had to La Vernaz is lovely and quiet. If the road between Jotty and Bioge is closed for rock clearing (normally in June) then forget it.
Coffee – Morzine, Jotty (best place on this ride) and 50% of the time Le Biot and Seytroux
Water – St Jean d’Aulps, Le Biot, Essert la Pierre but the best spot will be Jotty.
Terramont and Jambaz, 37km, 710m, 1h50m
Strava route https://www.strava.com/routes/5762204
This route can be ridden from St Jean d’Aulps (add 20km) or Morzine (add 36km) but to keep off the main road many people drive down to Jotty and leave from there. This gives access to the Vallee Verte and many many variations. It’s quiet and the hills aren’t too long, quite possibly some of the best riding in the whole area.
Coffee – Jotty, Vailly, Lullin (best option) and Bellevaux,
Water – Lullin, Vailly
Lac Mines d’Or and Lac Montriond, 26km, 700m, 1h15m
Strava route https://www.strava.com/routes/5762361
This route visits two of the most picturesque spots in the area. Both rides are “up and back” which aesthetically many will have an issue with. They do however offer the advantage that if the going gets too tough, you can just turn around and free wheel home. The last bit of the climb to Lac Mines d’Or is steep, much steeper than the climbs on the famous cols nearby. So if you manage it OK, you’ll not have to deal with anything worse!
Water – available at both the lakes.
Coffee – available at both the lakes, according to the season.
Road riding in Morzine with half Cols
Before heading out on a full col why not try a half one first? There is no point in getting upset and tired…
Corbier and Grand Taillet, 43km, 1100m, 2h15m