Every time I have cycled Galibier, I have eyed a nearby old military road full of hairpins.
Browsing: French Alps
Col de Recon is a quiet, steep, scenic little climb in the beautiful Abondance valley – famous for “Abondance” cows and cheese.
I had no idea of the plan, but I knew that we wouldn’t be doing something as standard as climbing Alpe d’Huez.
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.