Loop distance: 177 Km
Total climbing: 1255 M
No significant climbing
Record: 4:15 – 4:45 hours
Fast: 4:45 – 5:45
Moderate: 5:45 – 7:00
Leisurely: 7:00 – 8:30
If you’re a cyclist in the area, you’ll probably ride around the lake once or twice a year: the roads are great, the views spectacular and the lake is always there for a quick swim.
Most riders do a clockwise loop.
You’ll encounter a few gentle rises from Geneva to Lausanne. The lakeshore from Lausanne to Montreux is known as “The Swiss Riviera” and you’ll find many sunny villages and vineyards here.
Montreux is a good place ½-way marker and so an excellent place to grab lunch. It would also be a shame to ride by the Chateau de Chillon without at least taking a picture.
You’ll now find yourself on the French side of Lake Leman and the roads are more congested and less well-maintained.
Evian is a good place to stop for cake and coffee before tackling those false flats which make up the last 40km of this ride.
The medieval town of Yvoire is closed to motor-traffic and so it’s also a good place to rest before tackling the last stretch.
Hermance is just over the border back in Switzerland. There you’ll find fountains and restrooms on the lake.