Cycling in Chamonix
In the last few years Chamonix has started paying a lot more attention to the sport of mountain biking, creating dedicated tracks in Vallorcine, Flegere and Les Houches for downhill riding. Cross country riders have the pick of some truly awesome terrain with easily accessible trails stretching the length of the valley. During the peak months of July and August however cyclists are banned from all except the dedicated trails, so walkers can use them in safety. You can easily bikes and protective gear for both downhill and cross country so if you're new to the sport you'll have no problem getting started. Cyprien Sports in Les Houches and Zero G in Chamonix both have a great range of mountain bike equipment.
It's not an exaggeration to say that when it comes to road biking, the Alps are the place to ride. Cycle the legendary routes of the Tour de France over such famous cols as the Aravis, Colombiere, Croix Fer, Plan Joux and Forclaz or go slightly further afield and pit your thighs on the 27 switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez. Sitting on the borders of Switzerland and Italy you have an amazing amount of tarmac to ride encompassing brutal ascents, sweeping descents and some epic vistas for when you're in need of getting your breath back. Road riding in the Alps simply doesn't get better than this.