The Mont Blanc bike tour :
Switzerland - Italy - France

Dare to live this unique experience on the roads of the Giro and the Tour de France!

« When the body moves, the mind wanders, the thought explores untouched corners.»

Sylvain Tesson

The Tour du Mont-Blanc à vélo is a reinvented itinerary inspired by the Tour du Mont-Blanc Cyclo, a marathon bike race, but above all, an incredible human adventure in which I had the pleasure to participate, with a victory at the end.

This one-day extreme endurance cycling event follows breathtaking itineraries over 330 kms, with a positive altitude difference of 8'000 m. This race remains one of my best cycling memories.

Martigny, Suisse

Located in the heart of the Alps, Martigny occupies a strategic position, thanks to its proximity to the Haute Savoie and the Val d'Aoste. It is a city with a southern climate where life is good.

If your schedule allows it, I recommend you to go there one or more days before your departure to discover its authentic and picturesque charms, its historical districts, its sunny landscapes composed of vineyards and orchards and its local gastronomy. Martigny is also home to the Pierre Gianadda Foundation, an internationally renowned museum with temporary and permanent exhibitions.

It is a must for culture lovers.

Aoste, Italie

The city of Aosta is located close to the Swiss border. In the past, it linked the Rome of the emperors to the northern and western provinces.
You can stroll through the narrow streets of the capital to discover the traces of this prestigious past that are found in its heritage, remarkably preserved and highlighted.
If you look up to the sky, you will be able to admire the four giants of the Alps, well known to mountaineers: Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso.

The Valle d'Aosta is also a place of choice for its local produce. The region is full of small craftsmen and producers who value the quality of their products and are supported by the local government.

Bourg-St-Maurice, France

Bourg-Saint-Maurice is a small town located in the heart of Savoie, in the Tarentaise valley.
In this small mountain village, perched at an altitude of 840 m, traditions and authenticity are mixed. Its baroque churches, its hamlets and its architecture are as many invitations to discover the past of the place. Its characteristic wooden, stone and lauze houses, huddled together to face the winter cold, make it a curiosity to visit.

The region is also a great place for nature. The mountain pastures of the Haute-Tarentaise and Beaufortain extend as far as the eye can see, to the delight of lovers of wide open spaces.

Megève, France

This authentic family resort of Haute-Savoie, dedicated to well-being and local gastronomy revisited by starred chefs, is a very popular place for tourists from all over the world.
Its proximity to Mont Blanc also attracts mountain and nature lovers.
Megève cultivates the charm of a real village with its medieval look and its mountain architecture. Strolling through the narrow streets is the best way to perceive, with emotion, its authentic charm, its history and its unusual heritage.

I invite you to live this unique experience, over 4 days. The route crosses 3 countries: Switzerland, Italy and France.

A change of scenery is guaranteed as you immerse yourself in these wild valleys, these long crossings, these historic towns and these mythical Alpine passes used by the riders of the Tour de France and the Giro.

And to make this extraordinary cycling trip even more enjoyable, I suggest that you stay in authentic, sometimes original establishments, while enjoying menus made up of local artisanal products.

All these "favorites" are selected and tested by me. As well as the route which has been realized several times since two years, in order to determine, with precision, the length of the stages and to offer to each cyclist, an irreproachable service.

Duration : 4 days

Nomber of participants : 1 to 6 people

Price : CHF 990.00 per person (from 4 persons, price in double room and half board, drinks not included). Personalized offer on request.
CHF 1'500.00 per person (2 persons)
CHF 2'400.00 for one person (private guide) 

Level : Experienced cyclists, long distance enthusiasts

Date : Thursday to Sunday, from June 15 to September 15.

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The Tour of Mont-Blanc by bike: the program

1st day : Martigny - Aosta

84 km / 2'600 m ascent

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I welcome you in Martigny, in the picturesque district of the town where I grew up. We enjoy a delicious coffee while getting to know each other, and we talk about our experience around Mont Blanc. You're an expert cyclist but you've never done any bikepacking? Don't worry, I'll help you prepare your bike. The waterproof pannier provided by me is easily fixed under your saddle and adapts to any geometry. You are now ready for a great cycling adventure.

We happily set off. The first steady climb takes us to the small resort of Champex, also known as the "little Canada" of the Valais. This corner of paradise which seduces many lovers of authentic nature will surprise you by its wild beauty.

Once on this natural plateau, we take the time to briefly relax on the edge of a magnificent lake on which is reflected the Catogne and other surrounding peaks that are the pride of the region's inhabitants. Then, nothing like a nice panoramic descent to stretch our legs.

Rejuvenated, we reach the village of Orsières, located in the Val Ferret.

We attack the second and last difficulty of the day: the long but breathtaking climb to the Grand-St-Bernard pass.

Here, the road becomes steeper and steeper. We can't fail to admire the mountains that are gradually taking shape on the horizon: the Rogneux or the Combins, which are located in an exceptional alpine environment.

Perched at an altitude of 2'469 m the Grand-St-Bernard pass, the third highest pass in Switzerland, marks the border with Italy. You will discover its famous hospice, founded in the 11th century to give shelter to pilgrims, as well as the famous St. Bernard dog, the emblematic animal that accompanied and saved lost travelers in those days.

Then, the long descent to Aosta is a simple formality. We move through a mineral environment, then discover villages made of stone buildings with slate roofs, typical of the region. Aosta marks the beginning of our experience in Italy and the end of our first day on the bike. This stage is also the longest of this adventure.

If you still have some energy left, you can take the time to lose yourself in the pedestrian streets of the old town, defined as the "Rome of the Alps", soaking up the southern atmosphere.




2nd day : Aosta - Bourg St Maurice

75 km / 1700 m ascent

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We start the day gently by taking a slightly hilly road for about forty kilometers.

We then cross the Valle d'Aosta, famous for its medieval castles, its typical hamlets and its emblematic snow-covered peaks among the highest in the Alps. If you look up, you can see the famous Mont Blanc massif on the horizon. It reveals itself to us from several angles during our journey. Once again, we are amazed. The vision of these imposing landscapes makes us forget the aches of the day before.

Once the muscles are warmed up, we challenge the Petit Saint-Bernard pass, less high in altitude than its Swiss counterpart but still culminating at 2'188m. This long ascent starts gently. The slopes are a bit steeper, but never extreme, on the last kilometers. You can give yourself courage by imagining that this route has been covered four times by the riders of the Tour de France. The purists will be proud to add this new summit of more than 2'000 m to their list of achievements, a few years after the mythical heroes of that time, the famous Gino Bartali and Michele Gismondi, wearing their red polka-dot tunics.

At the highest point of the climb, you have time to take some pictures in a high mountain atmosphere.

Then we leave this viewpoint and plunge into the Haute-Tarentaise valley which reveals its green vegetation and its varied fauna and flora.

We cross the border once again to reach France.

The town of Bourg-St-Maurice welcomes us for a well-deserved rest and a meal composed of local Savoyard products.

3rd day : Bourg-St-Maurice - Megève  

84 km / 2500 m ascent

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The serious stuff starts right away with the ascent of another mythical pass climbed by the valiant riders of the Tour de France: the Cormet de Roselend.

This climb between Tarentaise and Beaufortin is located on the Route des Grandes Alpes, not far from Italy. It offers us a beautiful diversity of landscapes. Between alpine pastures and mountains, our five senses keep us awake all along the climb, so that we quickly forget the difficulty of the effort.

I must admit that this pass is one of my favorites of this trip around the Mont-Blanc. I have done it many times, in competition and with friends. Each time, I rediscover it with great pleasure without ever getting tired of it. I am looking forward to taking you there.

At the highest point, at 1'968 m of altitude, you will have the feeling of being alone in the world in the middle of this raw nature.

We start the descent to reach the impressive and grandiose Roselend dam and its turquoise waters. The surrounding mountains, including the famous Pierra Menta, complete this postcard landscape.

Then, we take some height for a few kilometers on a bucolic road that leads to the col du Pré. This alternative adds a few vertical drops to the stage but allows us to admire, from another angle, the breathtaking Roselend dam.

A nice descent then takes us to Arêche, then to Beaufort, a real playground for mountain bike and ski touring enthusiasts. This village is also famous for its Beaufort AOC, a tasty mountain cheese, the pride of the Savoyards.

We have a well deserved break before starting the last difficulty of the day: the ascent of the Saisies pass.

The small mountain road that takes us there is a well known itinerary for cyclists in the region. Here, we cross few motorists and motorcyclists. We almost believe that this route was designed especially for us. The slope is pleasant at the beginning, then, it becomes slightly harder on the second part of the route which leads to the French winter sports resort located at the top of the pass, at 1'633 m of altitude.

We finally switch to the Val d'Arly to reach our final destination: Megève.

We stay in the heart of this resort with its authentic charm and its extraordinary heritage.

4th day : Megève - Martigny

83 km / 1600 m ascent

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That's it, our journey is almost over.

We are getting tired but the beauty and diversity of the landscapes we encounter during this last stage gives us the courage to get back on the saddle to cover the last kilometers.

We are getting closer to the Mont-Blanc, the roof of Europe which culminates at 4'809 m. You can observe it at your leisure when we arrive in the Chamonix valley. The legendary glaciers and peaks that surround it are called the Aiguille Verte, the Grandes Jorasses, the Drus. They are the dream of experienced mountaineers, contemplative tourists and skiers from all over the world. Chamonix is an ideal resort to take a little break to eat before going on with the last slopes. We stop in the old town to get our strength back before getting back in the saddle.

A low percentage climb leads us to Argentiere where the slopes are more sustained until the Col des Montets. You are now in the heart of the magnificent Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve. This little corner of nature is also the starting point for alpine hiking tours in the middle of the mountains and other short walks facing the Mont-Blanc.

We start the descent and the majestic panoramas follow one another for our greatest pleasure.

We cross the Swiss border and gather our strength to undertake the ultimate ascent of our adventure around the Mont-Blanc: seven short kilometers during which we never stop admiring the landscape that surrounds us.

First, we discover the Emosson dam, which saw the arrival of the Tour de France in 2016.

When we arrive at the village of Trient, we see the glacier des Grands and the majestic Aiguilles du Tour.

A few pedal strokes separate us from the Col de la Forclaz which culminates at 1'526 meters.

You are almost there! What a personal victory when you reach the road sign that marks the summit.

Finally, we plunge cautiously into the Rhone valley, through the vineyards until we reach our starting point. We reach Martigny with heavy legs but light hearts.

We are proud to have completed this human and sporting adventure.

Our Mont Blanc cycling tour through the alpine crossroads between Switzerland, Italy and France was breathtaking from start to finish.

Valerie knew how to adapt to our level and needs, seeking out picturesque spots for numerous coffee breaks! Her 25 years of cycling experience is reassuring as she knows the Mont Blanc area like the back of her hand and enjoys introducing others to her playground.

The accommodation, restaurants and sightseeing detours were spot-on, all adding to a thoroughly enjoyable cultural as well as vertically challenging cycling experience."

"Notre randonnée à vélo de route autour du Mont Blanc à travers le carrefour alpin, entre la Suisse, l'Italie et la France a été époustouflant du début à la fin.
Valérie a su s'adapter à notre niveau et à nos besoins, cherchant des endroits pittoresques pour de nombreuses pauses café ! Ses 25 ans d'expérience en cyclisme sont rassurants et elle connaît la région du Mont-Blanc comme sa poche. Sans parler de son plaisir à faire découvrir son terrain de jeux aux autres.
L'hébergement, les restaurants et les détours touristiques ont été bien choisis. Cela a été une expérience cycliste culturelle et sportive des plus agréables."
The tour of the Mont-Blanc by road bike with Valerie is a unique experience.
From a sporting point of view, the route already promises a lot: about 300 kilometers and more than 8000 meters of difference in altitude are to be covered.
We decided to do it in three days, starting and finishing in Martigny. The route goes up and down from Switzerland to Italy, then to France before returning to Switzerland. Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, is a constant companion, always looming majestically behind a hill or a tree.
I was surprised by the many small passes and passages that I did not know.  But we also passed through more known places.
The first night we slept in Aosta, where we enjoyed pasta and a glass of local wine, before strolling a bit through the streets. Of course, we did not miss a stop in the famous ski resort of Chamonix, where we were not the only guests of the weekend. In this city known to tourists from all over the world, we experienced the arrival of the Ultratrail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), the legendary trail running event of 170 km and more than 10,000 meters of elevation gain. I had to admit to myself that this weekend, others probably suffered even more than I did on the hike with Valerie. Our tour was certainly a sporting challenge, but the pleasure was not neglected.
Thanks to Valerie for this beautiful excursion!

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