Annecy - best ride guide / tours?

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dcaspira
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by dcaspira

Have a Couple weeks to do some climbs around lake Annecy in July & on the lookout for a handy guide for a few rides...

Any recommendations?

RippedUp
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by RippedUp

I will be riding there end of May/start of June! Annecy and Chamonix.

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Miller
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by Miller

Look at a map, you can hardly go wrong anywhere there.

roselend
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by roselend

This ^^
Look up the cols on the map, connect the dots and ride. It's all beautiful there.
I'll be around second week of June.

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Guerdi
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by Guerdi

Check bikemap.net. Loads, loads of routes listed.

cazone
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by cazone

you can start with the "étape du tour 2013" route --> http://www.openrunner.com/index.php?id=2465881

openrunner is a great source for gps tracks in France

KWalker
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by KWalker

www.cycling-challenge.com and google maps are all you will ever need there.
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ultyguy
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by ultyguy

Yeah, as others said, you can't really go wrong, Kwalkers link above is great. Aravis direction you've got Croix Fry, Aravis, Saises, Colombier, the list keeps going. To the west youve got the Grand Colombier...good luck!

basilic
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by basilic

Don't miss col de l'Arpettaz above Ugine. Best kept secret. Ride up col de la Forclaz from Annecy for the wonderful lake views, then a steep descent to Vésonne, and the cycling path toward Ugine (it's completely separate from the main road, on the right). Before Ugine cross the road toward Sonney and climb the 40 or so switchbacks to Arpettaz. Take picture of mt Blanc, descend toward Héry. Circle back to Ugine and back the way you came to the lake; alternatively head to Flumet and col des Aravis; before la Clusaz turn left on to Croix-Fry (short climb), Manigod, Thônes. On the way back to Annecy don't stay on the main road, there is a small road by Balme, Dingy. The long version may be too long a day. If you have fat tires there is an unpaved shortcut from Arpettaz to col des Aravis (but I have not ridden it).

roselend
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by roselend

l'Arpettaz is definitely a well kept secret. I discovered it on Strava and rode it the next day, one of my best days on a bike last season. basilic gets all the good rides :(

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by Dalai

basilic wrote:Don't miss col de l'Arpettaz above Ugine. Best kept secret.


Sshhhh... 8)

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Descent towards Flumet

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I asked here - http://www.weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=76253

Plus searching online found many sites with information. A few I used:

http://www.climbbybike.com
http://www.cycling-challenge.com/map-of-french-and-swiss-alps-cycling-climbs/

dcaspira
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by dcaspira

Some great responses :)

Though, Looking to send a bike to a guide and do a couple rides with him... Ideas?

Also, Be great to hook up with any ww during mid July

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