Col de la Croix Fry

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After a week of rain (and snow at altitude) the sun finally appeared. For the 3rd time in the last 3 years i decided to climb the Col de la Croix Fry (featured in Tour de France a couple of years back.

I parked in Thones and the real climb starts about a km from town.  An uneven 12 kms climb averaging 7 % but with easy parts and very steep parts.  With fresh snow up high and the lush green lower down the views were stunning.  I am clearly still a bit away from fitness as I find parts hard going – but persevered.  At the top, is the Manigod ski station.  Following a little road to the right leads to the Col de la Merdassier.

On the way up I saw a sign leading along a small road to the Col de Plain-Bois (a Col of which I was unaware).  So on the descent I decided to explore.  What a great route.  I never saw a car as I climbed this steep route winding through alpine farm country.  At the top was a nice auberge so I ordered a Crepe confiture (Jam) and caught my breath.   The owner told me that descending the other side of the Col was in fact a short cut back to Thones- sweet. Great Ride.  Especially the extension up to Col de Plan-Bois. 

 

CHALLENGE UPDATE:
My 5th +1,000 Metre climb of 2006 

 

 Col de la Croix Fry

Col de Merdassier

 

 

Col de Plan-Bois  

 

 

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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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