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Gravel Weekender – Aravis


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Massif d'Aravis
4 Day Expedition
Gravel Riding!
220km / 7200m
Gravel Bike Hire

GCN - How To Ride Dirt And Gravel On A Road Bike

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  • Package includes:

  • Three nights mountain refuge accommodation (shared dorms) on a half board basis (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Four days of riding with 1:10 guide ratio (day 1 and day 4 are half days to allow easy travel in and out)
  • Vehicle to resupply food and clothes at end of day 2
  • Lunch at Basecamp on Friday
  • Arrival party back at Basecamp at the end of the expedition

Gravel Weekender - Aravis (June)
Late June / 4 Day mountain cycling adventure

Day 1 - Basecamp Talloires to Col de l'Arpettaz (50km / 2,200m)

The expedition will depart from Basecamp at 13:00 giving the option of arriving the night before or arriving in the morning ready to ride. We tackle some local tracks around the lake before ascending into the mountains via the tranquil Col de l'Arpettaz.

Day 2 - Col de l'Arpettaz to Refuge de la Bombardellaz (60km / 2,000m)

Day two starts with a bang as we tackle part of the 15km Route de la Soif gravel road for breakfast. The remainder of the day is spent exploring the tracks along the flanks of the Chaine des Aravis, passing through La Clusaz and making the final ascent to our overnight stop at over 1600m asl.

Day 3 - Refuge de la Bombardellaz to Plateau des Glieres (60km / 2,100m)

Weary legs are eased with a downhill start on day 3, but we're soon climbing again as we circle Mont Lachat before enjoying the descent of the famous Col de la Colombiere into Le Grand Bornand. The route after lunch sees us climb up onto the Plateau des Glieres via gravel roads, past the National Resistance Memorial to our refuge for the night.

Day 4 - Plateau des Glieres to Basecamp Talloires (50km / 900m)

The end is almost in sight as head out of the mountains to the finish at Basecamp in Talloires. A fast road descent off the Col des Glieres gives way to rolling terrain past Thorens-Glieres but beware there's a sting in the tale! We'll aim to arrive at Basecamp at lunchtime in a time for a celebration drinks and a quick departure for those who need to return home. Those with a more relaxed agenda are welcome to hang out at Basecamp and share war stories.


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