Just south-west of Grenoble, the Vercors massif must be one of the most interesting places to cycle in France.
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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.
September in the Alps can be beautiful ….. and much quieter now that the tourist season is over.
An eerie fog and many cows accompanied me on this “new” Tour de France climb.
I figured I had time to sneak up Col de Portillon and the Spanish border before the long drive home.
At a minimum Le Pla d’Adet is fun to say.
If you do one climb in the French Pyrenées, make it Lac de Cap de Long.