It’s tough to say much about Alpe d’huez that hasn’t been said a hundred times before. But I will say that October is a fantastic time.
The plan was to cycle up Col de la Joux Verte.
I knew the road was still closed, but it’s been so warm we thought with mountain bikes that we’d be OK.
At the turn, I told Eric it would be impossible to reach and totally covered in snow.
He gave me a half-smile. I knew we were going up.
Unfortunately the snow was very soft up high and almost impossible to ride on.
So I ended up pushing for several kilometres. Nice hike though. 🙂
That funny white thing with wings is a giant monument to the French Resistance.
Glieres was a major base in WW2 for the Maquis.
Pré means meadow in French – so Col des Prés clumsily translated means “mountain pass of the meadows.”
Col de Solaison seems only to be there for the pleasure of tourists, and amateur climbing cyclists in particular.”
– Atlas des Cols des Alpes
Up top there was about a foot of snow, but it was hard and seemed rideable so I continued on.