My first attempt at “The Barillette Challenge”.
Many thanks to La Côte Wheelers cycling club for inviting and welcoming me on their weekly Sunday rain ride.
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?)
Another dark, foggy day in Geneva, with low cloud cover. Only one thing to do …. get above it into the sun.
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.