Hand to heart, this is not your average after work mountain bike Tour. This is an adventure. A hard one. A beautiful one. A ride that’s going to demand everything from you. A ride that’s going to reveal all of the infinite beauty of the Mont Blanc massif in every imaginable way.
Up trails, down trails—you’re about to climb over 8,000 meters (26,000 feet) in five days. And it’s going to be fun: You’ll skip along singletrails, feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins, push your bike to the absolute limit before cursing it and everything it represents as you stare sweaty-eyed over pristine glacial peaks and endless mountains. It could be worse, right?
So, tell us: Are looking for a challenge? Do you want to ride up, down and then up again? Do you want to feel the true power of the mountain and overcome it? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is the Tour for you.
The tour starts in the alpine village of Chamonix. From there, it first goes through the town of Le Tour, where a jeep road leads to the Col de Balme at 2,195 meters altitude to the French-Swiss border. From here it's off to a long, scenic single trail across the west side of the Croix de Fer and then into the forest, where it becomes rocky and very technical. Arrived in the valley of Trento, but it immediately goes back up to the amphitheater and the same name glacier and on a wooden bridge over the glacier brook. And you're standing by the mountain pass Col de la Forclaz.
A steep narrow path climbs up the Alp Rovine and becomes more and more demanding and technical. The path leads between pastures and forests down to the valley floor. The steep descent, which winds around boulders and old trees, is definitely a highlight but also a corresponding challenge.Once in the valley, climb up the Swiss side with your bike. From the Val Ferret you pass the village of Le Fouly and on towards Ferret, where you will shortly before reach the mountain hut Le Paile.
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And already it's the last few meters to the Col du Grand Ferret at 2,537 meters altitude, at the Swiss-Italian border. The view of the Italian Val Ferret is simply gigantic from here. On fast trails, it goes down into the valley and immediately back up to a good 2,000 meters above the majestic landscape, which is offered by the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey and the mighty glacier of Brenva, which extends from the summit of Mont Blanc down to the valley.
A biker & hike path will take you to Mont Favre at 2,400 meters before you reach the spectacular Val Veny area, where the Dora of Vény River, the incredible Miage Glacier, Lake Como, the Aiguille Glacier and the unmistakable Silhouettes of Calcaire's pyramids on the horizon conjure up an ice age-like landscape of unparalleled beauty.A gravel road leads slowly through the valley and after passing some dilapidated military barracks, you reach the Val Veny, a huge, isolated plateau where you can take a deep breath before heading to the Col de la Seigne (2512 m) going up the border between Italy and France. Down there is a dreamlike flowy singletrack.After you have lost about 1000 meters of altitude and pass the small village of Les Chapieux, you will reach one of the hardest routes around Mont Blanc, the ascent to the Col du Bonhomme. All you do not have to master this day, just below you reach a Rifugio.
Over 2000 meters of downhill slopes. - The last day has it all. The Col du Bonhomme at 2.483 meters, it goes downhill neatly. Above all, the single trail is narrow and technical at first, but becomes more fluid and easier the closer it gets to the valley floor.Once at the bottom, you will reach the town of Les Contamines via a gravel road. From here it goes again a little uphill to the Col de Voza - after the last few days a breeze for you. You pass the mountain village of Les Houches. The subsequent single-trail descent leads through the forest, along the north side of the Arve Valley, where you can see between the branches of the pine trees, the majestic Glacier du Bossom and the overhanging peaks of the Aiguille du Midi and the Aiguille du Dru. Cozy, you roll back the last few kilometers to Chamonix. Booom! What a ride it was.