Col de Cou, Col de Saxel, and Monastre

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Another ride of small climbs south of Lake geneva. 

But if you do enough smallish climbs it becomes a big one.  And today was a fairly big ride.  Col de Cou was the lowest rated ride in my book so I wasn’t expecting much, but instead of the main way  I found a very nice small steep road up.  Over the other side a quick visit to the nearby Col des Moises then down through the lovely Vallé Verte region.  Then the small Col de Saxel.  But a turn left  at the top and there is a great 6 km steep stretch up to Monastre. 

And no surprise at Monastre – a nice old monastery perched up high.   In summary a 52 km loop with over 1200 metres of climb (4,000 feet) and a little rain to keepme cool.

Col de Saxel  

Col de Cou  

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Happiest while cycling uphill. More enthusiastic than talented, my 2014 Challenge is to cycle 50 great rides, slowly.

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