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.
A beautiful loop through the Haut Juras – finishing with a superb climb through and above the Gorges du Flumens.
Le cycle magazine once called this possibly the most difficult climb in France. An exaggeration, but tough work!
Another couple of great – virtually car free – climbs in the Jura mountains.
And some friendly Chartreuse Monks
Doreen and I are spending the long weekend cycling in the beautiful Le Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors – famous for it’s savage gorges.
Philippe and I have ridden together twice now. Today, and once with light hail. We have agreed that our third time must include some sun.
A scenic and challenging loop around and over the Jura mountains from Geneva.