English Français

Gravel Weekender

Returning in 2018 / A 4 day mountain cycling adventure


Join us for a weekend of inspiring adventure riding around Lake Annecy and the beautiful Massif d'Aravis. This four day expedition takes us into the back of beyond as we leave civilisation behind us and spend the weekend riding between remote mountain refuges. Dates for 2018 will be announced in the Autumn. 

  • Difficulty: ★★★
  • Surface: Gravel / Road
  • Distance: 220km
  • Climbing: 7,200m
  • Date: Returning in 2018
  • Deposit / Total

    €250,00 / €550

    Reserve your place today. Your balance is due 60 days before departure.

Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender Gravel Weekender


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.


The group will be lead by guides who will carry essential spares but each participant should aim to be self sufficient through out the day with food and mechanical spares. Overnight luggage will be transported to each refuge and this vehicle will also provide help in last resort where a rider is unable to continue.


Basecamp has a fleet of Open and 3T adventure bikes perfectly suited for this ride. Visit our bike rental page for more details.

What's Included

Three nights mountain refuge accommodation on a half board basis (breakfast and evening meal)
Four days of riding with 1:10 guide ratio
Baggage van to transport luggage and provide help as last resort
Arrival party back at Basecamp at the end of the expedition

Flights / travel to / from Talloires
Bike rental
Travel insurance
Drinks with meals


We're a proud member of ABTOT, this ensures you have full peace of mind when booking your tours with us.

Find out more

Official Partners