Cycling & cheese, the Savoie and Haute Savoie served on a plate

What better than biking and cheese to represent the diverse heritage and savoir-faire in France? Twenty-one million French citizens bike during their holidays. The country proposes an over 15,000-kilometre network of bike routes and greenways that French departments have partially organized. Under the Vélo & Fromages label (biking and cheese), tours combine with tasting high-quality, local products.

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    Five distinct itineraries

    The Vélo & Fromages label highlights themed biking routes through the local cheese regions. In 2020, three new itineraries were accredited in the Savoie Mont Blanc: the Vallée Verte Circuit, the Tour of the Semnoz, and the Tour of the Glières. They join the two itineraries created in the summer of 2019: the Beaufortain Crossing, and the Tour of the Colombier d'Aillon. 

    This medium-difficulty route begins with a climb through the shaded forest to the Col de Leschaux (897 m), followed by a descent to the Chéran Valley. The end of the ride takes place along the western slope of the Semnoz.

    Some stats:
    Start: Annecy 
    Distance: 55 km 
    Cumulative positive elevation gain: 650 m 

     

    Découvrir le tour du Semnoz

    A medium-difficulty circuit with the ascension of the Col de Cou (1,117 m) rewarded by the full descent of the Vallée Verte.  If you leave from Thonon-les Bains, you'll climb to the Col de Terramont (1,090 m) and the Col de Saxel (943 m). 

    Some stats: 
    Start: Annemasse or Thonon-les-Bains 
    Distance: 69 km or 66 km 
    Cumulative positive elevation gain: 700 m or 840 m

     

    Parcourir le circuit de la Vallée verte

    This beautiful alpine foothill circuit passes through three remarkable cities that each deserve a stop to discover: Thônes, the capital of the Aravis, the medieval city of La Roche-sur-Foron, and Thorens-Glières—dominated by its medieval castle.

    Some stats: 
    Start: Annecy 
    Distance: 90 km 
    Cumulative positive elevation gain: 1,280 m

     

    Le tour des Glières à vélo

    An advanced-level, highly athletic itinerary for a foray through the Beaufortain back roads, following the Tour de France and its legendary passes. 

    Some stats: 
    Start: Bourg-St-Maurice 
    Distance: 60 km 
    Cumulative positive elevation gain: 1,690 m 

     

    La traversée du Beaufortain

    An advanced-level, highly athletic itinerary offering a wonderful excursion through the heart of the Bauges Mountains.

    Some stats: 
    Start: Chambéry 
    Distance: 80 km 
    Cumulative positive elevation gain: 1,350 m

     

    Le tour du Colombier d'Aillon à vélo

    Biking provides the ideal rhythm for taking time to discover, encounter, and share.

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