Chambéry

Mountains, lakes and French cuisine – cycling around Chambéry

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Mountains, lakes and French cuisine – cycling around Chambéry

Bike Touring Collection by Chambéry

11

Tours

44:32 h

414 mi

30,850 ft

Around Chambéry, a town in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in the southeast of France, you have countless opportunities to make unforgettable memories on your bike. Nestled amongst the unique peaks of the French pre-Alps, the region has a lot to offer.

The great lakes and rivers offer flat and traffic-free Tours that are ideal for your whole family. If you enjoy sporty rides and are looking for strenuous climbs, you can follow the tracks of the Tour de France in the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, you can explore the region’s rich culture, history and architectural sights or discover the local cuisine on a relaxed Tour with plenty of food tastings. All this and more awaits you in Chambéry.

The nature, culture and gastronomy here are incredibly diverse. Just outside of the city, the high peaks of the Massif des Bauges and Chartreuse regional nature parks loom. Lake Annecy and the Lac du Bourget also lie on the town’s doorstep. Here, you can swim, sunbathe on the beach or even sail. In the evening, as the sun slowly sinks behind the mountains, you can take a walk along the lake promenade – an experience everyone should have.

If these large lakes are too crowded for you, there are plenty of hidden gems to discover such as the Lac de Saint-André or Lacs de Chevelu. Vines grow on the lower slopes of the mountains and there are many wineries. Meanwhile, authentic mountain cheeses are produced in the picturesque villages nestled in the high valleys. You can taste many French specialties in excellent restaurants in Chambéry and the surrounding villages. The culinary delights here are perfect for foodies.

In this Collection, we present 11 of the most interesting bike Tours around Chambéry. The rides range from easy family Tours to sporty excursions and mountain challenges that will make even professional riders sweat. They have been lovingly compiled to inspire you and make it easier for you to explore the beautiful region from your saddle. With a few exceptions, you ride along traffic-free bike paths or quiet back roads. Foodies especially will appreciate their stay here – both on and off the bike – and the culinary delights this region offers.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Easy
    00:57
    9.74 mi
    10.2 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short circuit in the south of Chambéry consists of two loops and connects Lac de Saint-André with Saint-Baldoph. First you drive over narrow streets that meander between small houses …

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    32.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    775 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The V63 cycle route takes you from Chanaz on paths that are as flat as possible and with little traffic to the Lac de Saint-André. It is therefore perfect for …

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    43.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lac du Bourget is the largest natural lake, the entire area of which is in France. It is embedded between the Chaîne de l'Epine, which is part of the …

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    56.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,625 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This family-friendly tour takes you from Annecy through a beautiful valley to Lac de Saint-André. First you follow the popular Voie Verte along the western shore of Lac d’Annecy. Voie …

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  • Difficult
    04:43
    40.5 mi
    8.6 mph
    4,500 ft
    4,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At 1,563 meters above sea level, the Mont Revard dominates the panorama of Aix-les-Bains and the Lac du Bourget. Winter sports have been practiced on its slopes for a long …

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  • Difficult
    02:48
    25.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round takes you on a grand tour around Chambéry and to many cultural and historical sights of the city and its immediate surroundings. You circle the place on bike …

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    47.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    4,225 ft
    4,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Pont de l'Abîme is a suspension bridge over the Chéran gorge. The masterpiece, built in 1887, spectacularly overcomes the narrow valley between Cusy and Gruffy at a height of 96 meters. To get to this valley, you first cross the Massif de Bauges from Chambéry via the Col de Plainpalais. The first switchbacks await you behind Saint-Alban-Leysse, from now on it goes steadily uphill to the top of the pass at 1,174 meters above sea level.

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  • Difficult
    04:58
    47.5 mi
    9.6 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This variant of the round around the Lac de Bourget brings together even more vertical meters on the west bank, because you climb the mythical Col du Chat. She also …

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  • Difficult
    03:19
    29.5 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The exertion comes before the enjoyment - whoever believes that has certainly not yet been on a bike in the Massif des Bauges. Because then he would know that the …

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  • Difficult
    05:46
    51.3 mi
    8.9 mph
    4,975 ft
    4,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route with the label Vélo et Fromages combines the fantastic landscapes of the Colombier d’Aillon with culinary delights that can only be found in our region. It starts in …

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  • Difficult
    03:42
    30.2 mi
    8.2 mph
    4,100 ft
    4,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This challenging route takes you from Annecy to the Semnoz mountain, which is part of the Bauges massif. 1,250 vertical meters spread over just 50 kilometers make it clear that …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    414 mi
  • Duration
    44:32 h
  • Elevation
    30,850 ft

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Mountains, lakes and French cuisine – cycling around Chambéry