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?)
A hilly, scenic ride on quiet roads above Nantua in the Jura mountains.
A superb loop through the Jura mountains – including eight Cols (three for the first time).
The route includes 3 Cols but the detour up Mont d’Or and it’s leg crushing final kilometre is the highlight of this loop through the French and Swiss Jura mountains.
A very cool feature of the Tour de l’Ain is that for three of the stages they run same-day amateur cyclosportives on the exact same route as the pros.