Cycling enthusiasts will remember Lake Annecy as the destination for the 2018 Etape du Tour. Others will associate the region with tranquil colours, towering mountains, the traditional old town (Vieille Ville) and historic Chateaux.
One group saw all of this and didn’t look back. The promise of relaxed lakeside riding with the option to ride climbs featured on the Tour de France makes Lake Annecy a unique and truly remarkable base for a cycling holiday.
Ride 1: Talloires Clockwise Loop Ride (51km, 800m)
This 51km ride takes you clockwise around Lake Annecy from Talloires. Over the course of the day, you will climb 800m with the majority of this taking place around the 20km mark. Here you’ll leave the lake and jump onto the winding trails towards Saint Eustache. Enjoy traffic free riding amongst the hills before rejoining the lakeside roads and looping back past Annecy and down into Taillores.
Ride 2: Etape du Tour 2018 Route (169km, 4200m)
The 2018 Etape du Tour route is an incredible 169km ride which features two famous climbs in the region. The route originally began in Annecy but your ride will start from Talloires. From here you’ll head north-west to take on the Col de la Croix-Fry. At 1467m, this climb is only matched by the Col des Glieres which you will encounter after 120km of today’s ride. There’s no hiding from the sheer steepness of the Glieres but its difficulty is rewarded with incredible views and the knowledge that you’ve conquered a climb featured in the 2018 Tour de France.
Ride 3: Col de la Forclaz and Cormet de Roselend (173km, 4200m)
Another incredible ride in the region takes cyclists from the Lake towards the famous Cormet de Roselend. The ride here, following an early ascent of the Col de la Forclaz, is full of switchbacks and is accompanied by the constant ring of cowbells. A truly immersive French cycling experience. If you’re in the area and consider yourself a keen cyclist, this is a must ride.