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?)
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.