Col de Solaison via Sommet d’AndeyBy Will • Feb 18th, 2009 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
OK, we are pushing it a bit. This is a great summer route.
Eric volunteered for route planning duties and selected the amazing single lane road up to Sommet d’Andey (1100 metres) then linking to Col de Solaison (map at bottom).
The first climb was generally sort of plowed …. and steep. One long stretch was clearly – trust me – in the 20% range. My goal was just to avoid touching my feet to the ground – 4 km / hour. Wow!
After a little snow pushing where the road had not been cleared, the descent down towards Thuet was beautiful through the woods but pretty treacherous …. we went slow.
Once we joined the principle road to Solaison the road conditions were a lot better. This is a wonderful, steep, quiet road up to Plateau de Solaison at 1500 metres (5000 feet). There is a small cross country skiing area up top so the roads are (sort of) cleared.
Sadly, despite an optimistic weather forecast, we were in fog the entire ride. I didn’t take many photos due to the cold. And the steep, long descent was just barely the good side of “far too cold.”
All in all a very fun snow ride. Eric – being Eric – of course cheerfully cycled all the way from Geneva (and back).
Anyone interested in this climb – June would be a good time.