If you’re planning a biking holiday or training weekend, then Les Gets makes a great base. There are a myriad of fantastic routes to challenge you, whatever your level of experience / fitness. Les Gets regularly hosts stages of both the Tour de France and Citerium de Dauphine (see Bradley in the yellow jersey above!) – come and follow in the tracks of the world’s best riders!
At Chalet Virolet, we are always happy to welcome roadie groups and can tailor your catering package to ensure you have the energy you need each day to keep pedalling!
Here are some suggested local climbs and routes:
The Col d’Encrenaz
Total distance – 16.6 miles
Total vertical climb – 2099ft
From Les Gets, take the road towards Taninges until you see a sharp right turn at ‘Pont des Gets’. Here you’ll commence the steep climb towards Praz de Lys. The first turning on your right marks the start of a gradual climb up the Col du Encrenaz. At the top you’ll find stunning views. The descent takes you through the pretty hamlet of Essert Romand, from where you pick up the road to Morzine and then the final climb back to Les Gets
Col du Joux Vert
Total vertical climb – 3149ft
One of the areas most famous Tour de France ascents (last tour came through in 2016), it’s great fun to tackle this climb in the opposite direction. Head from Les Gets to Morzine and Montriond, past the lake and up into the Lindarets goat village. It’s here that the climb starts to get interesting, with a 9% gradient. The views from the top are well worth it. A fast descent down the Route de Avoriaz into Morzine, then a final climb back to Les Gets.
Col de Colombiere
Total distance – 142km
Total vertical climb – 3000m
Descend from Les Gets to Cluses then take the route towards the charming villages of Le Grand Bornand and Saint Jean de Sixt before climbing over the Col des Aravis and descending into Flumet. Then follows a narrow and winding climb towards Megeve then a brilliantly fun descent all the way back to Cluses and then the Route des Grandes Alpes back to Les Gets.