Road Cycling Holidays in Vallorcine & the Chamonix Valley
Vallorcine is a great base for road biking. The many mountain passes around offer endless climbs for the "mountaineer" orientated biker.
The roads in Chamonix are often not as smooth as down south, because of the harsh winters, but as soon as you get a bit out of town you will find great tarmac and smooth rides.
Check out these options:
Emosson dam: Bellevue - Chatelard - Finhaut - Emosson - Finhaut - Chatelard - Bellevue. A good 2.5-4 h round trip. That climbs towards the Emosson dam overlooking Vallorcine. The views are stunning and the road is smooth and good. Not too much traffic!
Col de la Forlaz: Bellevue - Chatelard - Trient - Col du Forlaz - Trient - Chatelard - Bellevue. 1.5 - 2.5 h round trip.
Martigny (Champex/Verbier): Bellevue - Chartelard - Trient - Col de la Forclaz - Martigny - Col de la Forlaz - Trient - Chartelard - Bellevue. 4-6 h round trip. A great classic that will leave you quite tired.
Build on to this trip by doing a loop around Champex. Martigny - Champex - Martigny to add an additional 2h. Alternatively build by going to Verbier. Martigny - Sembrancher - Le Chable - Verbier - Le Chable - Sembrancher - Martigny to add an additional 2.5hrs.
Plateau d'Assy: Bellevue - Argentiere - Chamonix - Les Houches - Servoz - Passy - Plateau d'Assy. Same return.4-7 h round trip.
Trips where you'd take a car to the start point:
Col de Colombiere: A classic Tour de France stage. Take the car to Cluses, and bike from here. The trip to the Col and back takes around 3-5h.
Col de Petit Saint Bernard: Go through the Mont Blanc tunnel and bike from Morgex to the Petit Saint Bernard pass. 3-5 h round trip.