THE CORMET DE ROSELEND
We adore this pass located in the middle of alpine pastures. It's the centre of Beaufort cheese, and you can hear the cowbells ringing in the distance. With all of your senses activated, you might not feel the difficulty of the route. Climbing to the Cormet de Roselend on the Beaufortain slope is the moment to discover French heritage from another point of view and to tackle a legendary pass in the Tour de France.
RELAIS DU MONT DU CHAT
This quirky climb has a bit of mystique within the biking scene in the Savoie Mont Blanc. The Relais du Chat offers one of two average slopes in the Alps with 10 consecutive kilometres at 9.96%. Our tip: take a well-deserved pause at the restaurant terrace at the top to enjoy the superb panorama of Lake Bourget below and the mountainous backdrop.
COL DU GLANDON
This pass is a mix of all of the great alpine passes in one and a must for any biking enthusiast. After Saint-Etienne-de-Cuines, a series of zigzags cross the valley. After Saint-Colomban-des-Villards, a slight uphill stretch gives your legs a break.
A 13% gradient awaits you before arriving in Léchet. You'll then bike through a beautiful alpine area before the final push and its succession of intimidating hairpin bends.
COL DES GLIÈRES
The ascent from the village of Thorens to the Col des Glières offers a fresh ride on a great road. Several hairpin bends will give your legs a good workout. A stunning view suddenly reveals itself up once you arrive at the pass.
You'll descend a few hundred metres to a slight climb once again to reach the Plateau des Glières and then the end of the paved roadway. By continuing on the stone path, you'll cross the area of the plateau where the French Resistance once held its ground.
CLIMBING THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SEMNOZ
Ascending the Semnoz is listed as one of the top 10 challenges for mountain cyclists. With the proper training, you'll love this long and difficult slope.
Get ready for an extraordinary panoramic view of the Mont Blanc peaks and the Aravis, Bauges, and Jura ranges.