La Vallée Verte

Loop distance: 97 Km

Total climbing: 1323 M

Col de Saxel: 8km, 380 M, 5% avg

Col de Terramont: 10.5 km, 351 M, 3.5% avg

Highest elevation: 1119 M

Record: 4.5 – 5 hours

Fast: 5 – 5.5

Moderate: 5.5 – 6

Leisurely: 6.5 – 7

La Vallée Verte

That big, bulging green region under Lake Leman is begging to be explored.

These are the Chablais Alps and you’ll be riding through its most picturesque valley.

The roads are wonderful and the combination of sunshine and cool valley breezes are exhilarating in any season.

From Bike Switzerland, you’ll cross the Mont Blanc bridge and then climb through the Geneva’s wealthiest neighborhood, Cologny before crossing the border into France to the village of Monniaz where the Cold de Saxel begins.

At the top of the climb , you’ll find Café du Col and a water fountain.

You’ll then descend to the hamlet of Boege before working your way up the valley to the second climb of the day, the Col de Terramont.

After the summit, but before the descent, you’ll find a pizzeria in the town of Les Mouillés. Or continue to Megevette where you’ll find an auberge and public fountain.

Roads cling to cliffs on the way down the valley and you’ll have spectacular views of the Alps and Mt. Blanc.

Once in St. Jeoire the long decent is over and its rolling farmland passing through the villages of Le Tour and Arpigny before reaching Geneva.

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