Chalet Le Pînpiolé Chalet Rental in Sixt Fer à Cheval, France

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Bike Hire:
If you need to rent a proper road bike, there is a shop in Morzine, Alps Bike Hire, who can provide mainly Giant bikes from a day to a week or more.
For regular mountain bikes (and some road bikes), there are several options in Samoëns - most of the ski rental shops switch to bikes over the Summer.

Routes:
We've listed below a handful of routes from the chalet, but there are several resources you can use to work out an itinerary:
General bike route information: Haute Savoie Website
Mountain Bike information for Samoëns: Samoëns Tourist Office
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Mountain Biking:
The area around the Giffre valley is very popular with mountain bikers. One of the most popular events of the year is the Pass'portes du Soleil in Les Gets at the end of June. Locally, the main event is the VTTticime in mid July. There are numerous mountain bike trails in Sixt and the Grand Massif domain from the leisurely to the very challenging. Sixt itself has a very technical descent down to the hamlet of Salvagny which is very close to the chalet - it's for experienced riders only!
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Road Cycling:
The area around the Giffre valley has loads of opportunities for some proper road cycling. There are a number of routes previously included in the Tour de France close by.
We've listed details of three of the more well-known (and challenging!) climbs around the area - all of which have featured in Alpine stages of the Tour at different times. If you prefer a more leisurely option, it's possible to hire a regular trail bike or road bike from rental shops in either Sixt or Samoëns. Enjoy a leisurely ride up to the Fer à Cheval and down to the lake at Morillon and back. You may want to stop for a drink by the river in the village on the way back - the road up to the chalet is steep!

Cycling Routes

Col de Joux Plane
Distance: 68km
Vertical Ascent: 2,240m
The climb is approximately 11.7km long with an average gradient of around 8.5% and a maximum of around 12%.
In 2000, Lance Armstrong called the climb “the hardest day of my life – on a bike”. He missed a food stop and lost 97 seconds to Ulrich (though went on to win the tour - until recently!)
11 Tour de France appearances, the most recent in 2006, when American Floyd Landis streaked away from the field in a solo performance to take the race lead, only to be caught doping days later.
Col de La Ramaz
Distance: 96km
Vertical Ascent: 3,138m
The climb of the Col de La Ramaz is around 16 km long with an average gradient of 6.1%. This is slightly deceptive as the middle 2km section is around 10%, which eases off before getting steeper again in the last km.
The Col appeared in the 2010 tour and once before in 2003. In 2010, the route took the peloton over the Col from the other direction on their way to Avoriaz. This is another challenging climb that we'll try and map and get the details on the website as soon as we can!
Col de La Colombière
Distance: 118km
Vertical Ascent: 3,307m
The climb up the Colombière from the Cluses side is around 16km long with an average gradient of 6.8%. However, the last 6km are all above 8.5% with the last km over 10% so it gradually gets harder!
The Col has been included in the Tour de France 20 times, 6 of them from the Cluses (more difficult) side. The last time was in 2010, when David Millar struggled up the mountain and was dropped by the peloton, but managed to keep going and made it all the way to Paris.