Annecy, France

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by addictfreak, 11 Jan 2019.

  1. Planning on a stay in or near Annecy and the lake during the summer. My wife likes to cycle but does not do hills very well, so my question: Is there much flatish cycling in that area?
    Need to keep her happy (ish) then I can enjoy my own thing ‍♀️
     
  2. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Location:
    Ultima Thule
    She may be able to hire an e bike. They have really taken off in the Alps.
     
  3. Goldenretriever

    Goldenretriever Senior Member

    Location:
    Hevingham
    Theres a cycle track all the way around the lake, I think approx 25 miles long. Absolutely beautiful area
     
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  4. theloafer

    theloafer Guru

    Location:
    newton aycliffe
  5. robgul

    robgul Guru

    Yep - there's an on-road section with a bit of a hill just to the north of Talloires on the eastern side of the lake - otherwise pretty flat - and several cafe stops on the western side.

    Rob
     
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    addictfreak

    addictfreak Veteran

    Thanks Rob, if she is happy it makes my holiday easier
     
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  8. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    There's also a converted railway line that goes towards Albertville. It has a tunnel :biggrin:
     
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  9. robgul

    robgul Guru

    If you get the chance there are two great rides from Annecy ...

    1 Up and over the Col de la Forclaz (I think there are 2 of these at different parts of the alps) - this one is just to the east the lake - the view at top is spectacular ... up from the Annecy end end down to the Albertville end is better.
    This is from the top cb-majestic.jpg

    2 On the western side there is a crater high up - you can get the bus with your bike from Annecy railway station - just ride down. It's amazing long, long straights and then hairpin bends - cafe half way down where you can stop, have coffee and still ride all the way down to the lake without pedaling

    Rob
     
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  10. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Guru

    Location:
    Devon & Die
    I think it's always worth reinforcing that Alpine climbs aren't really scary at all: the main ones are rarely steep, and if you just keep turning the pedals over long enough, you'll get to the top. It's more like riding on the flat into a gentle headwind for an hour, but with much better views. Guests who stay with me who have never ridden up a proper mountain nearly always surprise themselves.

    Anyway, another vote here for the lakeside bike path - beautiful.

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  11. Donger

    Donger Convoi Exceptionnel

    Location:
    Quedgeley, Glos.
    Last time I went (a couple of years ago) they hadn't yet completed the cycle path on the East side of the lake, but it runs all the way from Annecy along the west bank of the lake (following an old railway path) and along the valley through Faverges to Ugine. (I'm guessing 25 miles in all). A fantastic facility shared by cyclists and roller bladers that I would be happy to use every day. Great mountain and lake views while pan flat all the way. Then off both sides there are regular climbs to be done if you want. The Semnoz, Col de Leschaux, Cote de Puget, Combe d'Ire and Col de Tamie on one side and the Col de la Forclaz, Col de l'Epine and Col du Marais on the other.
    I just can't stay away, and am going back again later this year for a crack at the Col de la Colombiere and either the Col de la Croix Fry or the Col des Aravis.
     
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  12. Simon_m

    Simon_m Über Member

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    addictfreak

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    Thanks for the info, sounds fantastic. We need some fairly flat stuff for the girls, but I'm certainly up for the climbs.
    Do you know if Colombiere etc are within riding distance?
     
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    addictfreak

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    Thanks Brian, done a few climbs in Northern Italy and in the Dolimites, so really looking forward to the challenge of the Alps.
     
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    addictfreak

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    We are booked to stay at the other end of the Lake at Doussard, I'm sure we will be riding up to Annecy at some point. I will enjoy checking out your recommendations.
     
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