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French Alps

Maëlle’s Recovery Ride

By Jon Street

Distance
37.8 km

Gain
883 m

Road
Road

Time
2 hrs

Start

Passy Lake

Finish

Passy Lake

Distance

37.8 km

Everybody, even the pros, needs a day off every once in a while. That doesn't have to mean a day off the bike, just a day off the big efforts…. And maybe the big chainring! This short route is an ideal wind down or leg loosener, either some active recovery or prep for a big week ahead. You will get in some short climbs through hillside villages, sneak views of Mont Blanc, and end up with the all important coffee stop.

Lakes and lowland

For the first 13km it’s pan flat so take it easy, raise the cadence and warm those legs up. From Lac de Passy we head over the river and then north to Lac des Ilets taking in views of the gorgeous tree lined valley. When we reach the village of Les Cugnets we head back across the river to find our first climb.

You still need a climb on a rest day!

Just because it’s a rest day doesn’t mean there won’t be any climbs! At the 13km mark, we start to head up on the winding roads through the foothills of the Alps. Shift into that granny ring and take it easy, remember it’s a zone 2 day! We climb past quaint chalets and farms to a stunning view of the valley. The climb is 6km long and gains just over 400m in elevation, a test but pleasant nonetheless.

What goes up…

Must come down… On a 5km descent into the outskirts of Sallanches. It’s a fun road with sweeping turns and a couple of switchbacks, let the brakes go and the smile grow. Maybe watch out for some of those farm vehicles though!

Can we sneak in another small climb?

Go on then! From Sallanches we head up the d1212 on a 4km climb that gains just over 200m, so nice and gentle. We then swing left onto the D199 and wiggle down through the houses back into the valley. Now we have the ride around the block back to the lake, it’s 6km and pan flat. Spin those legs out, enjoy the views, and head for the cafe on the lake.

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