We love our bikes at BlackRock so have created a host of ways for you to enjoy Chamonix cycling holidays using the Lodge as your base.From our location in Les Houches you can cycle out of the door and onto classic Chamonix bike tour routes as well as accessing a host of classic climbs made famous by Le Tour de France.
Saturday 14th July | arrival and bike set-up
Sunday 15th July | a relaxed first day’s cycling with a climb to the Col de Plane Joux, the Col de Domancy and then on up to the Bettex finish line
Monday 16th July | ride part of the Etape stage from Annecy to le Grand Bornand as preparation to seeing the stage on Tuesday!
Tuesday 17th July | see the Tour de France live after cycling to the Col de Romme and the Col de la Colombiere
Wednesday 18th July | an Italian day with a ride to the Colle San Carlos and Petit St Bernard – with an option (depending on timings and road closures) to see the end of that day’s stage in La Rosiere
Thursday 19th July | a day closer to home discovering some of the Tour and Criterium’s classic climbs including the Col de la Forclaz and the famous climb to Emosson Dam before heading back to the Lodge to watch the culmination of the day’s race in Alpe d’Huez on the big screen from the comfort of the bar!
Friday 20th July | our last and longest day in the saddle taking in the Col de la Ramaz and the Col de Joux Plane
Saturday 21st July | depart for the airport
All you need to do is book the Lodge on an exclusive basis and decide how much, or how little, additional support you’d like for your Chamonix cycling holiday. If you and your friends just want to do your own thing, then self-catering is the way to go – we’ll be on hand to give you all the local information you might want to make the most of your stay. Or, if you want to make the most of your Chamonix adventure cycling, simply book the Lodge and choose which support services you want to add and let us do the rest and create a total package for you – including a bespoke itinerary made up of the perfect mix of routes for your group. It’s all part of our concierge service.
The list of classic Cols you can access from BlackRock reads like a cycling fans bucket list. We’ve ridden them all, so can help create the perfect itinerary for your Chamonix bike tour: The Col des Montet (1461m) - a mountain pass on the road between Chamonix and the Col de la Forclaz in Switzerland. It featured in the Tour de France no less than five times between 1959 and 1977.The Col des Aravis (1486m) - about three hours away and connecting the towns of La Clusaz in the Haute-Savoie with La Giettaz in Savoie. The Col des Aravis has featured thirty-nine times in the Tour de France.The Col de la Colombière (1501m) - connecting Cluses in the Arve valley with Le Grand Bornand, it’s appeared in the Tour route more than 20 times. Over 16.3km long with 1108m of climb at an average of 6.8% rising to 10.2% near the summit, it’s a fitting challenge for any cyclist.Col de Joux Plane (1691m) - an eleven times Tour destination this 11.7km climb with an average gradient of 8.5%, and 10% in places links Samoëns with Avoriaz and Morzine.Col de Romme (1297m) - a magnificent climb which is easily linked to a circuit round the famous Criterium route up to the Bettex and St Gervais which was a stage finish in the 2016 Tour de France.
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