Le Cycle Magazine once called Mont du Chat perhaps the toughest (paved) climb in France. I think there are harder, but it’s fairly brutal.
I am now eligible to become a “member” of the Confrérie des Fêlés (brotherhood of the crackpots) du Grand Colombier.
The plan: Cycle as many Cols as possible and then watch Stage 4 of Paris-Nice.
The goal was to find some new Cols and quiet, scenic roads. Mission accomplished.
The Col de la République was the first Col over 1000 metres in the Tour de France, climbed in 1903. And I have the sign to prove it:
Les Gorges de la Nesque is a stunning route starting just 10 kms from the start of Mont Ventoux.
“Bosses” means bumps. And this course certainly had a lot of hills.
Perhaps the quintessential big mountain loop from Geneva.
A beautiful, hilly loop on deserted roads (maybe because the climbs were all still strangely signed as closed?)