No-one does tiny, high-altitude paved roads like the Swiss.
Archive for the ‘Climbs’ Category
Ovronnaz is a little ski station in the Valais region of Switzerland that has featured recently in the Tour de Suisse. It’s a beautiful and steep 10 kilometre climb. Vineyards down low, south facing for plenty of sun on a cool November day, and dozens of amazing hairpins:
Col de la Madeleine is one of the very toughest climbs in France. Here’s a third, super tough, but less famous way up. Plus a fun detour.
Whenever Verbier appears in a Tour de Suisse or Tour de France stage I predictably complain that the best part of the climb is above the village/finish.
Sanetsch is one of the biggest, most beautiful climbs that you may not have heard of.
Just south-west of Grenoble, the Vercors massif must be one of the most interesting places to cycle in France.
Woooohoooo. I’d had been feeling relatively fit, so I decided to try something a little crazy as the season winds down.
I like to consider myself a fairly good “Col Hunter.” But my friend Bastien is a true expert.
I had never cycled the steep roads to Chalets de Bise and Refuge d’Ubine. And there is nothing better than doing a a couple of climbs for the first time and being pleasantly surprised.
Col du Joly is a perfect example of the many challenging, beautiful and quiet climbs that cyclotourists bypass while riding the Route des Grandes Alpes.