Semnoz – 1699m ***
Le Semnoz is the closest big ascent from Annecy. The small ski station at the top has see the arrival of the Tour de France and the Etape du Tour in 2013. The Semnoz is a fantastic climb in its own right but since 2013 it has become increasingly popular with both local and international cyclists. In addition there are 5 different routes up to the summit, which provides good variety.
Col de la Forclaz – 1147m ***
At the summit you probably get one of one best views of the lake. You can climb to the Col de la Forclaz from 2 completely different routes. Both ways up will be a challenge with some sections at a 12/13% gradient. We would argue that ascent from Talloires, albeit a big longer, is slightly easier than the one from Vésonne.
Col des Contrebandiers – 1054m *
The Col des Contrebandiers is almost completely unknown and a one way route as the top is a dead end. On a clear day you get a great view of Mont Blanc on your way up. The quality of the tarmac is not the best, however you may not cross a single car. We would argue that poor road surface is a price worth paying to discover this little known climb !
About 11km ascent for 600m+
Col de la Colombiére – 1613m ***
This is the closest really famous Tour de France climb from Annecy, offering two very different ascents. The climb from Le Grand Bornand is significantly easier easier than the one from Cluses via Le Reposoir. For an extra challenge climb the really hard Col de Romme, before tackling the last hard section of the Colombière, as was the case for the Tour de France in 2018.
Col de Leschaux – 897m *
It’s a 12km ascent from Sevrier with a very easy gradient. At the summit you can have coffee stop and then decide to keep going straight for a ride around the Semnoz or just turn right and go up for an other 12km to the top of Semnoz