Nestled at the base of the Haute-Savoie valley and hemmed in by the French and Swiss Alps, the ski resort of Morzine is home to an array of tough cols that have enjoyed years of Tour de France history. The Col de Joux Plane, Col de la Ramaz, Col de la Joux Verte and Col de la Colombiere all offer challenging climbs and exhilarating descents. If you would like a ride with less elevation, the 170km loop of Lake Geneva is an excellent option, with lunch in Lausanne and a ferry crossing to Evian.
Day 1: Arrive in Morzine
We recommend a morning flight. After arriving you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel in Morzine. You will have time to build your bike (or pick up your hire bike) and grab some lunch. In the afternoon we recommend you test your legs on the local iconic climb, the Col de Joux Plane from the Morzine side. This is the less famous side, but climbs up through the woods, steeply at first, and the lake is great for an impromptu paddle if the weather is good.
Day 2: Col de Jambaz and Col de Joux Plane
This loop is a great day out for those new to the big mountains. The Col de Jambaz and Col de Joux Plane from the more famous Samoens side are both tackled. There's even an optional extension ride up to lake and restaurants North of Morzine for those that still have the legs. The ride itself is lumpy, but the only really steep bits come on the Col de Joux Plan.
Day 3: Ride to Switzerland
A longer ride, but much flatter. We recommend riding round Lake Geneva for lunch in Lausanne. Then take the ferry back to Evian and retrace your steps to Morzine.
Day 4: Departure day and the Col de Joux Verte
There is time for one final ride up to the Col de Joux Verte through the 'goat village' to the ski station of Avoriaz at the top. We recommend you get an afternoon or evening flight. If you want to extend this trip, this is possible.