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Mountain Biking & Road Biking in Samoens, French Alps
If you love to spend time on two wheels mountain biking, whether it be on tarmac or dirt track, Samoens has plenty to offer you. Here at Absolute Alpine, we also love to spend time biking and are happy to offer advice and recommendations on making the most of your time here. We have a secure garage for your equipment and can help arrange cycle hire should you require it on your holidays.
The French Alps are a popular mountain biking region with very good reason...The huge amount of varied and top quality riding is, in our opinion, unparalleled elsewhere in France or Europe. Here in Samoens, nestled between Mont Blanc and Morzine, we have access to both the Grand Massif and neighbouring region of Porte du Soleil.
This summer, the incredible tracks and trails of the Samoens valley were be selected as a perfect place for a destination on the international Avalanche Cup circuit. Competitors gathered at the top of the 'Tete de Saix' (2120m) for the start of the second round in the DH cup.
Whether you're new to the sport, a lover of flowing cross-country, or a hardcore downhiller, you will find something to put a smile on your face here at Absolute Alpine.
Only lacking the crowds, Samoens and the Grand Massif offer a more tranquil destination for your two-wheeled fun than many of the better known resorts. The riding is superb with lifts open throughout summer to help you make the most of over 600km of trails. Whether you find yourself on a wide open plateau or technical single track flowing through the trees, you'll have plenty to talk about back at the chalet in the evening.
A mere 10 minutes away at the top of the north side of the Samoens valley, the Portes Du Soleil area gives you access to the more famous resorts of Morzine and Les Gets. The impressive man made trails here will offer a challenge for all levels. A further 1,000km+ of marked tracks and permanent downhill routes are supplemented with parks for those who love air time. The lifts here are also open throughout summer ensuring as much time as possible is spent going downhill.
Mountain biking summary
- Access to Grand Massif and Portes du Soleil region
- 1,600+km of marked tracks
- Lifts open from June to September
- Minibus support can be arranged to get you to the top of some of those special climbs
Road biking & touring
Winding out the north side of Samoens village is the famous and brutal Col de Joux-Plane, widely recognised as one of the best ascents in the Alps. Climbing from 721m to 1,691m over 13.1km with an average gradient of 7.4% (greater than 10% in places!), this gruelling climb has proven to be a savage test for the Tour de France competitors and amateurs alike. The spectacular views over the valley and Mont Blanc, together with the fact that the road is fairly quiet (it is not a major transport artery and heavy vehicles are not allowed to use this beautiful route) provide a worthy reward for those brave enough to take on the challenge.
If you've a taste for even more breathtaking Alpine climbs (literally), the Col de Romme and Col de Colombière, both part of stage 17 in the 2009 Tour de France, can be found less than 20km away. Samoens and its surrounding network of roads is certainly a place to challenge your legs and lungs or even train for a triathlon.
Of course, if you are seeking something a little gentler and prefer the sense of adventure to the feeling of your heart and lungs being ready to burst from your chest, it's hard to find a better place to explore. Samoens is the perfect base to take in the scenery and quaint villages of the Alps, perhaps even enjoying a patisserie or two along the way.
Packed lunches and catering
If you are planning a long day on the mountain, we can provide packed lunches (already included in our guided, self-guided and family packages). Equally, if you have opted for self catering but want to spend your evening reliving the adventures of the day or preparing for the big day ahead, we can also offer a catering service including the washing up!