Col de Cuvéry and Col de BérentinBy Will • Mar 13th, 2009 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Juras, Snow
A beautiful day.
Too nice not to ride so a last second decision to meet Eric and climb Col de Cuvéry and make a loop via Col de Belleroche.
If you are a fan of cross-country skiing or seeing huskies pull a sleigh ….. Col de Cuvéry atop Plateau de Retord is the place to visit.
After Cuvéry, we had planned to descend to Neyrolles and climb Col de Belleroche …. and we did …. for a while. But the snow was just to heavy and after 30 minutes of pushing I calculated that we needed another 90 minutes – and despite Eric’s protests, I turned around. Sorry, I don’t like to quit, but the fun factor was ebbing.
So we doubled back and climbed Col de Bérentin. Interesting enough – even if my legs had deserted me.
Lots of snow! After the photo below I almost instantly fell into the soft white stuff. On the descent back to Vouvray, the views of the Alps were spectacular. A little to far away and a little too hazy to capture on film ….. but so impressive. I was knackered and happy to drive home. My (much stronger) domestique Eric – of course – rode home.