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Written by greg     March 17, 2014    
 
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Avenue du Grand-Saint-Bernard 83, 1920 Martigny, Switzerland, Valais

D32, 74360 Bonnevaux, France, Rhone-Alpes

Trip Total

routes transits total
time 2h:25m 0h:58m 3h:24m
distance 129.6km
(80.5mi)
64.9km
(40.3mi)
194.4km
(120.8mi)
  • 38.6km (24.0mi)
  • 0h:41m
  • *mountains*

Col de la Forclaz 4.0/5

location

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Adress
  • Avenue du Grand-Saint-Bernard 83, 1920 Martigny, Switzerland
  • Switzerland
  • Valais
  • 2003-2013 Route du Bouchet, 74400 Chamonix, France
  • France
  • Rhone-Alpes
Latitude 46.08843 45.93753
Longitude 7.06064 6.88866

description

Col de la Forclaz- Two passes, great road- From Switzerland to France

Transit

44.3 km (27.5) mi
37 minutes
  • 36.6km (22.7mi)
  • 0h:44m
  • *mountains*

Pas de Morgins 3.9/5

location

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Adress
  • Chemin d'Arche 3, 1870 Monthey, Switzerland
  • Switzerland
  • Valais
  • D32, 74360 Bonnevaux, France
  • France
  • Rhone-Alpes
Latitude 46.2989 46.25642
Longitude 6.67315 6.95717

description

This a yet another nice route from the Valais in Switzerland to the heart of the French alps. This road primarily carries skiers up to the Port du Soleil (the largest linked ski area in the world) in the winter and provides some very nice biking in the summer season. The route and takes you up to the village of Morgins and continues to the border with France. Shortly after the border you reach the pass at 1,369 m, the road has a slope of about 12% and some nice flowing corners on your way down to Chatel. You're in the Rhône-Alpes, passing through Châtel and Abondance, both part of the Port du Soleil .

Transit

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  • 54.4km (33.8mi)
  • 0h:59m
  • *mountains*

Route des Grandes Alpes North D902 4.1/5

location

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Adress
  • Avenue de Châtillon, 74300 Cluses, France
  • France
  • Rhone-Alpes
  • 27 Avenue de la Dranse, 74200 Thonon-les-Bains, France
  • France
  • Rhone-Alpes
Latitude 46.06957 46.36766
Longitude 6.58528 6.5029999999999

description

This route makes up most northern part of the Route des Grandes Alpes (Great Alpine Road), a 684km long senic road trip through the French Alps. This alpine road trip takes you from the Mediterranean to lake Geneva to and includes some of the highest and most beautiful mountain passes in Europe.

This route can be ridden in either direction, for this review we are riding north stating in Cluses. You leave Cluses riding up a winding the side of the ramp of the first little pass. This is a fairly major road at this stage so it does carry a fair bit of traffic, but it is wide enough and has enough strait to provide good passing opportunities. If you happen to be lucky and catch it without traffic, this part of the journey is sublime.

After riding done the north side of the fist pass, you pass through Taninges, a small village sitting at the foot of the second and main ramp. Thankfully much of the traffic thins before Taninges and the road just gets better and better as you ride up the valley.

You run right though the ski area of Les Gets, then by the side of Morzine, and if you are motivated you can even take a detour up to Avoriaz. These areas are part of the Les Portes du Soleil, the largest linked ski area in the world.

From Morzine you are on a downward trajectory towards Lake Geneva. The further down the canyon you go, the better the ride gets. This is Gorges du Pont-du-Diable (Devil’s bridge canyon), a very deep canyon has been cut out by the Drasne River and provides some spectacular views.

I guarantee if you get a clean run on this road, you will want to turn around and ride it again. Yes, it is that good! Some of the best flowing corners I have ever ridden which scenery to die for, figuratively speaking of course.

We rate this a easy route.

Great 3-4 hour ride starting just south of Lake Geneva

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