I had no idea of the plan, but I knew that we wouldn’t be doing something as standard as climbing Alpe d’Huez.
Browsing: French Alps
The huge mountain massif between Grenoble and Chambéry is the Parc naturel régional de Chartreuse. Beautiful mountains and some great cycling.
Higher, harder, prettier, and a fraction of the traffic of its neighbor Alpe d’Huez.
A superb day climbing in the French Alps. The plan was for two long, beautiful, but not too steep, climbs.
At Col des Aravis begins a terrific farm track all the way to Col de l’Arpettaz roughly 15 kms away. This was the highlight of the ride.
A perfect Bastille day, with three French friends, cycling up the more remote (and more interesting) South side.
Stage 8 will be the first Alpine stage in the 2010 Tour de France.
Painful fun. 174 kilometres, 5000 metres ascent (+16000 feet), over 3 of the most famous climbs in France.
The first mountain stage of the 2010 Tour de France. This stage is an “amuse bouche” (appetizer) for the Alps.
Sometimes just a small detour can lead to amazing sights.