The in-laws are in town! (Doreen’s sister, her husband, and their two sons). So as usual when we have visitors, we took them to beautiful Annecy and while they wandered the old town I went cycling.
On a perfect day, I took the Annecy bike path all the way to Ugine (30 kilometres). Just before Ugine was a turn off to Col de l’Arpettaz.
The Climb: 16.5 kms (10.2 miles); Ascent: 1,200 metres (3,940 feet)
If you like hairpins, this is the climb for you. A fantastic climb on a small very quiet road, winding up through alpine farms and a deciduous forest.
I had tried this climb in May 2006, but bumped into deep snow and couldn’t make it to the top. Unfinished business!
I used a road bike, but the road surface is poor. It’s a bit better down the other side. Perhaps better with a hybrid bike.
Such a pleasant climb alternating between the woods and alpine farmland. And as usual, ever improving views. At the top, Mont Blanc is barely visible, but I descended a couple of ks down the other side for a full view.
At the very top is a gravel road that goes all the way to Col des Aravis – a mountain bike project. Note, the Col sign has a spelling mistake (photo at top).
A bumpy descent and then a nice return to Annecy on the bike path. A 95 km loop.