Day One: Geneva to Lac de Joux, 43 Miles
For most of the ride you’ll be following Route 7, one of the country’s national routes. But to get to Route 7 from Geneva, you have to first take regional Route 46 or national Route 1 along the shores of Lake Geneva. Look for signs for Route 7 in the town of Nyon, which is also where you’ll start climbing.
As you leave Nyon, you’ll ascend into pine forests. From there, you’ll soon drop into the Vallée de Joux, one of Switzerland’s most famous watchmaking areas. There are more than 20 watchmakers in this area, and at the Watch Initiation Center, you can even try your hand at the centuries-old craft. You’ll finish your day on the shores of Lac de Joux and pedal along the coastline to Le Rocheray for lakeside accommodations.
Where To Stay: If you want to stop mid-route and break the mileage into two days, stop at B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy in Nyon. This 18th-century manor house is close to the shores of Lake Geneva and has beautifully appointed rooms. In Le Rocheray, stay at the Hotel Bellevue Le Rocheray. Expect stunning lake views and great food from the onsite restaurant.Back to top