Semnoz Climb Profile

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Semnoz Climb

This picturesque Semnoz climb (1,699m) takes riders through the Haute-Savoie region of France, with stunning views of nearby Lake Annecy and the surrounding mountains. The best time to visit for cycling is in the summer when the weather is at its best.

There are three ways to climb to Semnoz.

The most popular way is from Annecy, followed by Leschaux. Climbing from Quintal is the least-known and also the steepest.

  • From Annecy (north)
  • From Leschaux (southeast)
  • From Quintal (north)

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just getting started, the Semnoz climb is worth adding to your list. With its challenging gradient and stunning views, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Starting point : Annecy

Annecy is a town in southeastern France that’s popular with cyclists. It’s a popular town for a cycling base as many climbs, such as the Col de la Colombière, Col de la Croix Fry, and Col des Aravis are in the area.

Annecy is located to the north of Semnoz. It’s a long climb from Annecy, 16km averaging 7.1%.

Semnoz from Annecy
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain1,144m
Minimum elevation444m
Maximum elevation1,586m
Average gradient7.1%
Maximum gradient12.3%
Strava segmentSemnoz from Annecy
Semnoz from Annecy

Starting point : Leschaux

Leschaux is a tiny French village 18km south of Annecy.

The climb to Semnoz from Leschaux is the easiest of all three, averaging 5.7% over 13.5km.

Semnoz from Leschaux
Climb category1
Elevation gain953m
Minimum elevation899m
Maximum elevation1,665m
Average gradient5.7%
Maximum gradient22.1%
Strava segmentSemnoz from Leschaux
Semnoz from Leschaux

Starting point : Quintal

Quintal is a tiny village 9km southwest of Annecy. There are no shops here, so it’s best to refuel yourself at Annecy before climbing up Semnoz from here.

The climb up to Semnoz from Quintal is the steepest, with an average gradient of 8.5% over 10.8km.

Semnoz from Quintal
Climb categoryHC
Elevation gain923m
Minimum elevation733m
Maximum elevation1,656m
Average gradient8,5%
Maximum gradient14.0%
Strava segmentSemnoz from Quintal
Semnoz from Quintal

Semnoz in the Tour de France

Nairo Quintana wins Stage 20 of Tour de France 2013
Nairo Quintana wins Stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France

Semnoz is a Hors Catégorie (HC) climb from Annecy. It featured in the Tour de France twice, in 1998 and 2013.

Nairo Quintana won the short but hilly penultimate Stage 20 of the 2013 Tour de France atop Semnoz.

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