Col de la Forclaz, Lake Annecy
The ultimate challenge for cycling enthusiasts!
This famous Tour de France route can be completed from 2 sides; Menthon-Saint Bernard or from the village of Vesonne. From Menthon-Saint-Bernard, the ascent of 8 kilometres takes you to the top of Col de la Forclaz on an average grade of 6.5% with some stretches reaching 12.5%. Once you make it to the top, the views over lake Annecy will take your breath away and will have made it well worth the effort! If you fancy it, stop off in one of the bars at the top, perfect for watching the paragliders and hang-gliders taking off.
At an altitude of 1150 metres, the Forclaz Pass is a favourite playground for cyclists who like mountain roads and climbs with a high percentage of inclination. An ideal challenge for a fast and intense session from Lake Annecy itself, the ascent of the Col de la Forclaz can be considered in several ways: by the north side from Menthon-Saint-Bernard or from Talloires, or by the south side from Vésonne. Although shorter, the southern slope is considered even more difficult than the two northern versions, with a percentage slope of up to 12.5% and an average of 9%. Upon arrival, the most experienced and motivated climbers can continue to the paragliding flight area: the opportunity to watch the show during a well-deserved break, but also to reach the chalet bar-restaurant de la Pricaz and its panoramic terrace. An extra effort of a little over 1 kilometre well rewarded! Before the descent, enjoy a comforting hot chocolate or a welcome refreshment in an exceptional setting.