Road Biking in Morzine

Morzine has a deserved reputation for excellence when it comes to road cycling holidays: it is part of the legendary Portes du Soleil region, famed for its high quality infrastructure and superb range of routes for the experienced road cyclist. And at the end of a long day cycling, you can relax in one of our catered chalets. With us at Drift, Morzine cycling holidays are hard to beat.

As a base for road cycling holidays, Morzine has everything cyclists need.  This well-developed resort town offers great evening leisure and other activities – and is perfectly positioned for cyclists who want to tackle some of the region’s most iconic hill climbs, many of which have been used in past Tour de France routes. Morzine cycling holidays can incorporate the Col de Joux Plane, Col de la Ramaz and the Col de Colombiere, to name just a few.

Col de Joux Plane

A ‘hors categorie’ ascent in the Tour de France, the Col de Joux Plane route stretches between Samoëns and Morzine.  Cycling it is definitely a challenge – the Col de Joux Plane is well known for putting Lance Armstrong in serious trouble during the 2000 Tour de France.  To date, it has been featured in the Tour de France 11 times.

The typical route starts in Samoëns. Cyclists climb 11.7km to the pass, a short climb – but a tough one, with an average incline of 8.5%.  From the pass, the stage continues downhill to Morzine.  For people on road cycling holidays based in Morzine, they can take the reverse route, climbing 10.9km to the pass on a 6.9% average incline.  They are then able to cycle down to Samoëns and turn around to take on the route that gave Lance Armstrong trouble. This is a great challenge for experienced road cyclists.

Col de la Ramaz and Morzine to Avoriaz

Last featured in the Tour de France in 2010, these two classic hill climbs make an excellent route for cyclists staying in Morzine.  Cycle along winding roads through the beautiful alpine scenery and put yourself to the test on some seriously tough stretches – and there’s also a thrilling narrow stretch along the edge of a cliff.  The climbs are a fantastic challenge, and when you reach the top, you’ll be standing where Andy Schleck won the 8th stage in 2010.  The Col de la Ramaz climb ends in Morzine, segueing immediately into the Morzine to Avoriaz climb.  Morzine is ideally placed for cyclists to try out this two-parter.

Col de la Colombiere

Another popular climb on Morzine cycling holidays is the Col de la Colombiere, which has been used in the Tour de France 20 times since its introduction in the 1960s.  The climb stretches for 16.3km, with a vertical rise of over 1km, presenting an excellent challenge.  Right at end, as cyclists are enjoying idyllic mountain pasture views, is the steepest section: a mean 10.2% incline.