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This is a great big day out for those looking to clock up the meters on multiple climbs with stunning scenery along the way - it's definitely a day for finding your pace and settling into the groove.
Every corner turned provides another "WOW" moment with continually changing scenery.
The route is made up of classic alpine cols which feature in the Tour de France.
The route takes you through many towns and ski stations with a plentiful supply of cafes and restaurants, as well as ‘Bassins’ and taps for water stops.
Start and finish at La Panniere Boulangerie, Albertville, where parking is usually straightforward. Heading along the valley floor from the start, the cycle track leads you onto the first climb of the Col du l’Epine.
6km up and you're over into the ‘Chaine des Aravis’ surrounded by alpine pastures.
Heading out of Manigod, be sure to stop at the Concept Cafe ‘Lo Garajo’ for a coffee to set you up for the following ascent to the Col de La Croix Fry.
A short stint up to the Col des Aravis leaves you with the Col des Sassies and the breathtaking Cormet de Roselend where you’ll struggle not to stop for a picture of the lake and surrounding scenery.
Descending off the ‘Cormet’ to Bourg Saint Maurice, (passing by Pause Cafe - another cafe worth checking out) the route then follows the valley floor, making use of the cycle track to Aime and the new section (technically not on the map) which follows the old railway line with its own tunnel between Aime and Moutiers.
The route then progressively steps its way back down to Albertville. Be sure to double check the weather also during the days surrounding your trip.
The route does include high alpine passes which, although rare, can occasionally be closed due to rock fall or landslides from severe weather. The route is rideable in June depending on the opening of the Cormet de Roselend due to snow cover. The Cols you'll tick are - Col de L’Epine Col du Marais Col de la Croix Fry Col des Aravis Col des Saissies Cormet de Roselend