Perhaps the quintessential big mountain loop from Geneva.
A great loop with Martin. Around and over the Jura mountains that overlook Geneva – via two passes: Col de Menthières and Col de la Faucille. Then a Kebab Frites(!) – since Martin and I are both in serious training.
Col de Menthières is a great climb. A big, wide road with virtually no traffic. The first 6 kms all average 8% and it’s a very even 8% – so easy to get into a rhythm.
After a great descent on a tiny road from Menthières, we entered the beautiful Valserine valley. It’s roughly 30 kms uphill to Col de la Faucille, although rarely very steep. High mountains on each side, and a fairly quiet road makes this a great route.
Descending steeper, longer side of Col de la Faucille is fun – despite the increased traffic. A good surface and not too technical: fast.
At the bottom, we both had hunger pains – so I took Martin to Billy’s Kebab’s in Saint-Genis-en-Pouilly. Yum!
Overall, a fantastic ride. Eating and drinking more throughout definitely helped me stay a little stronger (and then the kebab wrecked my diet).