Col de Recon is a quiet, steep, scenic little climb in the beautiful Abondance valley – famous for “Abondance” cows and cheese. It’s an adequate surface for a road bike for 11.7 kms from Abondance. But the last 1.3 kms to the Col requires a hybrid/VTT – as it’s a gravel farm road.
It’s not the longest climb, but has several very steep kilometres.
The very top ridge is at the French-Swiss border, and I could see well down into Switzerland (photo at left). Don’t turn around as an extra kilometre or so leads to a little farm and Col de la Conche – also on the border.
I’ve marked a few other climbs on the map that can all start in Abondance. I have never done Chalet d’Ubine or the Chalets de Bise, but both are dead-end climbs smilar to Recon but not as high.
More interesting is the Climb to Col de Bassachaux (do-able by Road bike) – with the option to cross over into the Vallée d’Aulps (requires mountain bike. Details here.