When cycling, the heat can quickly become an additional difficulty, which is why, when leaving Crest-Voland, I’ll guide you onto a shady, forested road, with little traffic as far as the small village of Cohennoz, perched above the Gorges of Arly.
This cooling descent continues until Ugine.
From there, we’ll quickly go through a more urbanized area to find the small track that will lead us to the Col de l’Arpettaz!
Watch out, here we go for 1000m of ascent over 16km with an average of 7% incline. Welcome to the road of 100 bends!
The sequence of hairpins makes the ascent easier and the landscape over the valley opens up little by little .
Here we are at the Col de l’Arpettaz at 1581m, what an awesome view!
Here, we also find a refuge – perfect for a break!
Fresh drinks, traditional food and homemade desserts, enough to fill up the batteries.
The refuge Auberge du Col de l’Arpettaz is open from early June to early October.
Feeling reenergised, it is time for us to head towards Héry sur Ugine.
On this mountain road we are treated to a view of the Mont Blanc range, especially beautiful during the autumn, it’s just magical!
Back on the main roads, it’s time for the final ascent. Here we are again in Flumet: we’ve completed our loop!
We still have the last 11 km with 600m of ascent to get back to our starting point: the Col des Aravis.
The atmosphere of the autumn colors at the end of the day is so relaxing and almost makes us forget that our legs are seriously starting to drag!
Finally, here we are! We’ve deserved our cold beer under the watchful gaze of the Mont-Blanc at the Col des Aravis!