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Newfound Freedom - A gravel adventure from Geneva to Annecy

Parcourir cette magnifique chemin gravier entre le Col des Aravis et le Col de l\'Arpettaz 5
Parcourir cette magnifique chemin gravier entre le Col des Aravis et le Col de l'Arpettaz Arriver au Plateau des Glières, célèbre pour son rôle pendant le Deuxième Guerre Mondiale Cet itinéraire suit surtout des routes secondaires et des chemins graviers Profiter des berges sauvages de l'Arve en vélo gravel Rouler hors des sentiers battus et profiter des Alpes en gravel!
Parcourir cette magnifique chemin gravier entre le Col des Aravis et le Col de l'Arpettaz

Newfound Freedom - A gravel adventure from Geneva to Annecy

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  • PriceFrom 450 euros
  • DAY2 nights / 3 days

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Gravel riding is one of the ultimate ways to explore the Alps, and the Haute Savoie region is no exception, boasting some fantastic gravel tracks!


This route linking Geneva and Annecy bypasses the valleys in favour of gaining some height, and as such there is some serious climbing involved, but the breathtaking views make it all worthwhile! You will be riding on some epic roads and paths (some of which are sections of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage) which will take you past the Mont Salève, up onto the Plateau des Glières, and through the Aravis mountains where you will enjoy fantastic panoramas over the Mont Blanc massif, before dropping down into Annecy and its magnificent lake.


At the end of each day you will overnight in a mountain refuge - the ultimate Alpine experience!


The riding is strenuous with significant elevation on the first two days, but those who have prepared in advance for this will reap the rewards! As there are no “technical sections” those wishing to try out gravel riding for the first time will be able to do this tour, however given the remoteness of parts of the route we highly recommend that riders have some significant cycling/mountain experience. If you feel as though you don't have the necessary experience, then we also offer an easier gravel trip "The Adventure Nextdoor".


D1Geneva to Plateau des Glières Mileage: 64 km / 40 miles; Total Climb: 1,790 m / 5,873 ft; Total Descent: 790 m / 2,592 ft

After being outfitted with your gravel bikes (if you choose to rent with us), your trip begins by following the Arve river through the countryside outside Geneva on a mixture of bike paths, and farm and gravel tracks, before linking up with the Way of Saint James. The itinerary leaves this ancient pilgrimage route to reach the village of Groisy, from where the major climb of the day begins, up onto the Plateau des Glières.


Spectacularly wild and beautiful, the plateau is well-known among lovers of the Tour de France, having featured here twice in the past few years. History-lovers may also be aware of the importance it played in the Second World War as a key location for French Resistance fighters. You will pass close by to the French Resistance Monument, commemorating the acts of the maquis des Glières.


You will stay overnight in a typical mountain refuge.

D2Plateau des Glières to Col de l’Arpettaz Mileage: 52 km / 32 miles; Total Climb: 1,740 m / 5,709 ft; Total Descent: 1,560 m / 5,118 ft

Today’s ride begins with a fun, winding descent off the plateau and into the Vallée du Borne below. You will follow the valley to the ski resort town of Le Grand Bornand. From here, a sharp climb along forest tracks (which may well require some hike-a-bike!) leads you around the Tête du Danay. Trust us, the views will make the effort worthwhile! Enjoy a partial descent into La Clusaz before continuing the climb to the Col des Aravis.


The views across to the Mont Blanc massif are incredible during the final section of the day’s ride – la Route de la Soif, a spectacular gravel track. Eventually you will reach your refuge for the night, situated at the end of the track at the Col de l’Arpettaz, perfect for reflecting on an epic day’s ride!

D3Col de l’Arpettaz to Annecy Mileage: 54 km / 33 miles; Total Climb: 370 m / 1,214 ft; Total Descent: 1,500 m / 4,921 ft

We have purposefully kept today’s ride relatively easy and short so that you can make the most of Annecy and its lake, or head on to your next destination! As with yesterday’s ride the day will begin with a long descent, featuring some fantastic hairpin bends and views of the Bauges mountains. From Ugine, at the bottom of the descent, the route follows the voie verte as you head on towards Annecy, skirting the western shores of Lake Annecy. You are free to enjoy Annecy at your leisure or move on to your next adventure!

Booking & Prices

  • Price Details per person
  • With support vehicle on the 17th September 2021

  • 450 euros.

These prices include:

  • 2 night's accommodation (mountain refuges)
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with drinks
  • A support vehicle
  • Marked maps and roadbook
  • Gravel bike rental (subject to availability and size required)
  • GPX files or GPS pre-loaded with the itinerary
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike rental. Gravel bikes are available to rent at the price of 80 euros per bike

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