Loop distance: 87 Km
Total climbing: 2077 M
Col Croisette #1: 9km, 675 M, 12% avg
Col Croisette #2: 8km, 525 M, 7% avg
Col elevation: 1175 M
Highest elevation: 1350 M
Record: 4:45 – 5:15 hours
Fast: 5:15 – 6:15
Moderate: 6:15 – 7:15
Leisurely: 7:15 – 8:15
It’s Geneva’s mountain: Le Salève.
You will summit and descend the Saleve twice on this loop, never repeating the same path. Bring along something warm for the top, a few Euros for snacks, and a thirst for adventure!
Leaving from Bike Switzerland, you’ll go across town to the neighborhood of Champel, Veyrier, Troinex and then cross the highway to Collonges in France.
The climbing really starts in the tiny village of Le Coin. From here it’s 9km of climbing with several stretches of 10 to 14% gradient.
You’ll eventually come to La Croisette, a tiny village with a few restaurants and a drinking fountain. Although at the top, we haven’t reached the summit.
We’ll continue climbing until we see the large radio tower and then we’ll start to descend through meadows on sharp winding roads.
You’ll come to Monnetier, a small village hidden in the forests and caverns of the Salève and then eventually meet the valley floor at La Muraz.
Fill your bottle at the fountain and take some rolls at the bakery before tackling the steep 9km climb back to the top of La Croisette and then a gentler climb awaits up the Col de Piton.
The second descent is longer than the first as you lace back through small villages of stone houses and then past stunning Chateau des Avenieres.
Although no more mountains, you’ll follow rolling hills and farm roads back into Geneva via Carouge.