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Short break cycling

Freedom Velo offers a range of three or four day luxury short break cycling holidays meaning you could be on your bike within just two hours of leaving Geneva airport. Tell us the dates that work for you and let us organise the rest.

Destination – Morzine, French Alps

Accomodation – Luxury spa chalet – La Ferme d’Elise

Duration – 3 or 4 days

What’s included – daily guiding, minibus support, breakfast, dinner, wine with meal and  all our standard services

Using our local expertise we have designed a challenging short break cycling itinerary to give a first time visitor to this region a discovery tour of the very best of the local roads taking in the varied terrain, the riding is always challenging but has amazing rewards.

All our routes are designed to take in the local  marked climbs, take your pick from these famous cols, a selection of which will be tackled during your stay-

  1. Grimpee d’Avoriaz – 14km, 840m ascent, average 6% , max 11.1%
  2. Col de Joux Plane from Samoens – 11.5km, 989m ascent, average 8.7%, max 13.5%
  3. Col de Joux Vert from Montriond – 13km, 822m ascent, average 6.7%, max 9%
  4. Col de L’Encrenaz from Essert Romand- 6km, 503m ascent, average 8.3%, max 11%
  5. Col du Corbier from D902 Le Biot- 6km, 517m ascent, average 8.6%, max 11%
  6. Col du Grand Taillet from Pombourg – 6km, 721m ascent, average 7.4%, max 14%
  7. Col de la Ramaz from Meuissy – 14km, 960m ascent, average 6.9%, max 10.2%
  8. Col de la Colombiere from Scionzer-  16.3km, 1108m ascent, average 6.81%, max 10.2%
  9. Col de Pierre Carree from Balme– 21km, 1343m ascent, average 6.4%, max 8.4%

The short break itinerary can be tailored for any moderately fit cyclist, you will need a compact chain set and we can organise an evening sports massage to help you recover at the end of the day ready to go again the next.

This package offers 3 or 4 days accommodation and 3 or 4 days of supported riding, our guides will lead you through the very best roads this region has to offer. Each night you will return to the luxurious La Ferme d’Elise in Morzine where you can relax in your own room. The chalet has a sports massage room, hot tub and sauna to help you completely recover each day.

Follow in the footsteps of the legends and conquer the cols that have helped shape the tour de France.  Morzine has hosted the Tour de France an astounding 23 times, most recently the 2010 stage finish in Avoriaz where Andy Shleck came through to clinch the day after tackling the 21 hairpins and Cadel Evans and Bradley Wiggins’challenge for the year faltered. The Col de Joux Plan has played its part in many tours, including the infamous solo breakaway by Floyd Landis in 2006 and was also where Lance Armstrong famously hit the wall in 2000 and almost lost the tour. The record for the ascent to Avoriaz still belongs to Benard Hinaults who covered the 14 km climb in an amazing 33 minutes.

If you need any further endorsement keep an eye open for the boys in black and blue as Team Sky train on these roads to get ready for the TDF.

Day 1- Arrive Geneva, transfer to Morzine – Cicuit Col d’encrenaz and Col de Ramaz,

Your guide will meet you at Geneva airport for the short transfer to Morzine.

A route which defines a figure of eight from Morzine climb the short but tough Col d’encrenaz from the village of Essert Romand, 6km, 8.3% average, maximum 11%. Descend through the tree covered backroads through Rond to Taninges. A quick traverse of the valley brings you to Mieussy and the start of the ascent of the Col de Ramaz, which is another must do and one of the prettiest of all alpine climbs.  The ascent at 14 km is particularly tough as you pass through the tunnel before it levels out at Sommand for the final push to the summit, enjoy the fast descent to the Pont des Gets and the easy climb back through Les Gets and into Morzine.

Stats 65km, 1670m climbing, 2h45 – 4h *, guided

Meals: Breakfast/4 course dinner with wine

Day 2-‘ The big one’ Col de la Colombiere- Col de Aravis

From Morzine warm up on the short climb to Les Gets, descend through the forest via Rond to Taninges, cross over the valley floor and pass the Col at Chatillon before descending to Cluses. At Scionzier lose a layer before starting up the Colombiere which although long is relatively easy but beware the gradient ramps up as you near the summit. Take a lunch break at the summit in the roadside restaurant before descending to the Grande Bornard and the ascent of the Col de Aravis , descend through Megeve, Sallanches to Scionzer for the short minibus ride back to Morzine.

Stats 125km, 2210 climbing, 5h  – 7h30 *, guided with minibus support

Meals: Breakfast/4 course dinner with wine

Day 3- Circuit de Joux Plane and Grimpee Avoriaz

Circuit de Joux Plane

Warm up on the short climb to Les Gets, descend through the forest via Rond to Taninges, spin along the valley to Samoens, before tackling the fearsome Col de Joux Plane. The start is very hard and the climb is always difficult with maximum average of 13% , one of the toughest of all alpine climbs despite its relatively short distance. Enjoy the final fast and furious descent back into Morzine.

Stats 52km, 1250m climbing, 2h15 – 3h15, guided

Grimpee Avoriaz

This climb first featured in the tour in 1975, start at the official start line at the Eglise in Morzine, the climb is easy for the first 3 km then builds to a maximum average of 11.1% before easing to the summit. Return to Morzine by the Joux Vert, goat village and Montriond lake

Stats 33km, 860m climbing 1h – 2h, guided

Meals: Breakfast/4 course dinner with wine

Day 4- Col de Joux Vert, Col de Corbier, Col du Grande Taillet,

From Morzine descend to Montriond, ascend the Col de Jeux Vert  13km  average 6.7% and maximum of 9%, circuit back to Le Biot by descending the Avoriaz climb. At Le Biot the start another classic climb the Col de Corbier, 6km, average 8.6% and maximum 11%, descend to into the historic Abondance valley , a short traverse  and Climb Col du Grand Taillet  and descend through La Forclaz. At Le Jotty climb back up the valley through St Jean D’Aulps to Morzine.

Stats 86km, 1970m climbing, 3h 30– 5h*, guided

Meals: Breakfast/Evening transfer to Geneva airport

3 Day Itinerary totals – 275km with 5990m climbing*

4 Day Itinerary total – 361km with 7960m climbing*

* All distance and elevation stats have been gathered by map study and are given are in good faith but are subject to ongoing GPS verification. All riding times are approximate averages subject to personal ability