Visit The Lodge for a chance to see Geraint Thomas race

Visit The Lodge for a chance to see Geraint Thomas race

Congratulation to Geraint Thomas on winning the 2018 Tour de France. Winning a 3,500+km 3 week stage race is an incredible achievement for a rider who started his career racing over 4000 meters on the track - Chapeau Gee!

Geraint Thomas is a regular visitor to the valley and the surrounding area. He can be seen riding the Tour de France or possibly the Critérium du Dauphiné - a race which he also won this year. The 2018 Tour de France passed within 20km of The Lodge during Stage 10 - Annecy to Le Grand Bornand. Last year the Tour climbed the Col de Joux Plane from Samoëns .

Summer cycling activities in Samoëns

Summer cycling activities in Samoëns

The Lodge is the perfect base for the road cyclist. It even comes equipped with an IC7 indoor cycle for warm up or just to test your FTW (Functional Threshold for Watts). The Tour de France once again passes close by with Stage 10 on 17 July 2018 - Annecy to La Grand Bornand. Samoëns is conveniently situated at the foot of the iconic Col de Joux Plane, which is a truly wonderful and natural climb, other climbs which are easily accessible for the cyclist are the steep Col de Romme and Col de la Colombière, which will be the defining climbs in Stage 10.

Joux Plane cycle loop via Morzine

Joux Plane cycle loop via Morzine

Today we did this years first ascent of the Joux Plane. The Col de Joux Plane was a grand finale to the 2016 Tour de France. Not only is the Joux Plane a true giant amongst the classic Alpine climbs, in my opinion, it is the most beautiful of all. It is a "Route d'Ete" - Summer Route, as the north facing descent to Morzine - the Col du Ranfolly - is in fact a ski slope in the winter, and is often, no clear of snow and not open to traffic until June! Its' beauty is in its terrain - it follows a natural slope, without the uniformity required to enable large coaches access to winter ski resorts, a la Alpe d'Huez and many others.