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For ambitious, fit cyclists looking for a challenging route along deserted roads, this is a dream day out.
It begins and ends in Annecy old town and passes through countless little settlements, none of them big and most of them charming and typically French.
Begin the day by cruising south down the western shore of Lake Annecy to the town of Sevrier, then cut into the hills and continue heading south along peaceful roads.
The scenery on these quiet roads is wonderful and you may find yourself being slightly envious of the people who live in the quaint little chalets you pass en route! Keep heading south through the villages of Lescheraines, Aillon-le-Vieux and Aillon-le-Jeune to reach Thoiry then take a somewhat circuitous route around northwards to reach Les Déserts.
Cross the beautiful Plateau de Revard, detouring ever so slightly to Le Revard ski area, and then down to the flatlands north of the Bauges Massif.
Once on the flats, ride north-east through little villages and forested roads all the way back to Annecy.