Chartreuse Alps loop via Col du GranierBy Will • Apr 21st, 2009 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
My Starbucks jersey made its debut today. It was a present from my friend Steve who races for them in the USA. It adds a little caffeine in my legs.
My greatest cycling skill? Climbing? Descending? Time Trialing? Sadly no.
But I am a great route planner! And today’s route was sweet.
Starting from Chambery, this 60 km loop first climbed Col du Granier then descended into the Entremont Valley – enveloped by mountains – before climbing out via a tiny road via Col de la Cluse before looping back to Chambery.
Unfortunately, it was a little hazy and foggy – limiting photo opportunities. This is a ride to do on a clear day as there are views everywhere.
At Col de la Cluse – the high point of the planned ride – I saw a sign on a gravel road to Col du Cucheron. A nice surprise/detour – and luckily I had my hybrid.
Additionally, I climbed Col des Egaux – the third bump in the profile (see map) – this would be a much bigger climb in the other direction.
Note to my cycling partners: I’d be happy to do this again in 2009 – in the other direction. Great ride.