A WIDE CHOICE OF ROUTES
STARTING FROM MORZINE
Varied routes to suit all levels
• 15 mapped routes starting from Morzine & tour the Lac Leman nearby
• Itineraries ranging from 30km to 150km long, with graded difficulty
Practical and detailed information
• For each route: description, detailed itinerary, distance, vertical ascent information, average time required, water supply points
• Downloadable tools (maps, profiles, GPS tracks)
The starting point of each route is located in front of the Morzine Tourist Office.
Distances and vertical ascent information are taken from GPS trackers and mapping data (IGN & Michelin).
Circuits can be done both ways. The recommended way has been decided as the most suitable in terms of effort distribution and landscapes.
1. Avoriaz climb | 14,6 km | 800 m. D+ | Max. altitude : 1800 m (Avoriaz) | 35' to 1h20
An iconic route time-climbed officially for the first time during the 1975 Tour de France. The best time - 33 minutes – still belongs to Bernard Hinault.
Every summer two Morzine-Avoriaz races are hosted by the Morzine-Avoriaz Vélo Club on the second Sunday in August.
Alternative routes: Take the Joux Verte road (from Montriond lake and then Les Lindarets) - picturesque, shaded and running through the forest over 13km with an average climb of 6,7%, maximum 9%. It's well worth stopping off at Les Lindarets, known as the 'goat village'.
2. Joux Plane pass | 52 km | 1250 m. D+ | Max. alt. : 1691 m (col de Joux Plane) | 2h15 (23 km/h) to 3h15 (16 km/h)
The Joux Plane pass, tackled manytimes by Tour de France competitors, is one of the most difficult Alpine climbsin spite of its moderate distance. The start is very hard, then the climb is always difficult with a maximum average of 13%, at “la Combe Emeru” hamlet.
Magnificent panoramas on Mont Blanc should reward you with this hard climb!
Get your legs in shape on surrounding routes before tackling this fearsome climb!
3. Ramaz pass | 58 km | 1400 m. D+ | Max. alt. : 1619 m. (col de la Ramaz) | 2h30 (23 km/h) to 3h20 (16 km/h)
The La Ramaz col is one of the Haute-Savoie’s prettiest! You can see mont Blanc from the start of the climb and at the top the view is even better. The col was made famous by the famous breakaway sprint by Richard Virenque in the 2003 Tour de France (which secured him the yellow jersey and won him the Morzine stage too!). It remains a classic that every enthusiast should add to their must-do list.
4. Encrenaz pass | 32 km | 760 m. D+ | Max. altitude : 1432 m. (col de l'Encrenaz) | 1h20 (24 km/h) to 2h (16 km/h)
This is a short route to do at the end of the day. The Encrenaz climb and the Foron leg will be a joy for nature-lovers and riders who like quiet roads. Nonetheless, take care on the first few steep climbs just after crossing Les Gets bridge.
Alternative routes: Do the Encrenaz climb from Taninges. At Les Gets bridge, continue on the main road down to Taninges, climb back up via Rond hamlet. This adds 14km to the route (7km of which are uphill) and a 320m altitude differential.
5. Mont Orchez Tour | 68 km | 1350 m. D+ | Max. altitude : 1172 m. (les Gets) | 2h45 (25 km/h) to 3h45 (18,5 km/h)
This is a relatively straightforward route that'll prepare you for more serious challenges ahead...Those not in a rush can raise their heads here and there for a view of Mont-Blanc…
Alternative routes: From Taninges take the Encrenaz climb to make it a bit more interesting – especially if you've got a bit left in the tank!
6. Abondance Valley | 58 km | 1150 m. D+ | Max. altitude : 1237 (col du Corbier) | 2h15 (23 km/h) to 3h20 (16 km/h)
This route is especially worthwhile for its climb of 2 little-known – but seriously steep. The race distance is just right for the sportiest riders to add other climbs (the Joux Verte, for instance) at the end of the course.
Alternative routes: Head down to Bioge and climb through the Vallée d'Abondance to Vacheresse.
Once there, cyclists can either return via the Grand Taillet col (la Forclaz), or the Corbier col (Le Biot).
7. ROC D'ENFER TOUR | 68 km | 1350 m. D+ | Max. altitude : 1172 m. (les Gets) | 2h45 (25 km/h) to 3h45 (18,5 km/22h)
8. GIFFRE VALLEY | 24 to 48 km | 200 m. D+ max | 955 m. (chalets de la Réserve) | 1h10 to 2h45
3 pretty and easy rides along the Giffre (from Taninges to Samoens, Sixt or the “Fer à Cheval”) taking in the valley's villages. Sixt village (one of the France’s most beautiful village) and especially the Fer à Cheval detours (French “Grand Site” awarded) are well worth the effort.
Alternative routes: Leaving from Morzine it is sensible on this long route (+34km) to save some nergy while riding through Giffre valley to have something left in the tank for the long climb to Les Gets (10km, 530m uphill, 5% average gradient).
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9. ARVE VALLEY| 70 km | 1350 m. D+ | Max. altitude : 1172 m. (les Gets) | 3h (24 km/h) to 4h (18 km/h)
The roads, which are wide and well surfaced, are far from difficult but by no means uninteresting. This is an ideal circuit to get into shape before tackling harder climbs nearby.
Alternative routes: At Arâches, take the Pierre Carrée climb to Flaine (20km, 900m uphill), return to Arâches by the same route and continue on the circuit as it is marked.
10. Chablais’s roads | 85 km | 1150 m. D+ | Max. alt. : 1000 m. (Morzine)| 3h30 (24km/h) to 4h30 (18km/h) km2/h)
The “low Chablais” offers many pretty routes with magnificent panoramas including Lake Geneva and numerous surrounding peaks. Mont-Blanc also pops up here and there around certain bends...
Of note: the return leg from Thonon which has a series of tiring uphill sections and long false flats!
11. Green Valley roads | 85 km | 1400 m. D+ | Max. alt. : 1172 m. (les Gets) | 3h30 (24 km/h) to 4h30 (18km/h)
The climbs suggested here are well maintained and straightforward. Cyclists taking this route will enjoy a lengthy outing along the Vallée Verte pretty roads.
Alternative routes: For a bit of a challenge at the end of your ride why not attempt the Corbier or Joux Verte climbs.
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12. Green Valley passes| 90 km | 1250 m. D+ | Max. altitude : 1117 m. (col de Cou) | 3h50 (24 km/h) to 4h50 (19 km/h)
An interesting circuit of the Vallée Verte and its pristine bike-friendly lanes! With pretty views at every turn the route is also a decent sporting test to keep all riders happy! Please be careful on steeper sections (Col du Feu) or on long climb (Col de Cou).
Alternative routes: For a shorter outing take the relatively steep col du Feu from Lullin and head down to Orcier. Though this makes for a shorter ride the Col du Feu is no less difficult than the Col de Cou...
13. Aravis| 150 km | 3000 m. D+ | Alt.max. :1613 m. (col de la Colombière) | 6h (25 km/h) to 8h30 (17 km/h)
The Aravis climbs are well known by Tour de France racers and other seriously fit cyclists. There are lots of stopping-off points the length of this route which is pretty but tough. For the most athletic riders only!
- It's feasible to drive to Taninges or Cluses to save time so you can focus on the Aravis climbs which are the best part of this circuit.
- Climb the Col de La Colombière from the south, passing the Vallée des Bornes from Grand-Bornand (11.7km, average gradient: 6%).
14. Léman LAKE | 170 km | Altitude moyenne = 400 m.| 6h30 (26 km/h) to 9h (19 km/h)
Ride down into Switzerland on this must which, though long, is not particularly demanding.
The circuit can be attempted in either direction... but it is advisable to try it clockwise for ease of passage at junctions.
Alternative routes: At Sciez take the tourist road via Excenevex and Yvoire (a further 10km) but so much beautiful!
15. Morzine-Haut Chablais sportive | 145 km | 3500 m. D+ | Max. alt. :1619 m. (col de la Ramaz) | 5h (29km/h) to 8h30 (17km/h)
16. L’Etape du Tour 2016 – Megève -> Morzine
143 km | 3600 m. D+ | Max. alt. :1691 m (col de Joux Plane) | 5h (29km/h) à 8h (17,5 km/h)
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