Col des Aravis, Col des Saisies, Signal de BisanneBy Will • Jun 27th, 2012 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
Sunday, I cycled up Col des Aravis on a bike-only morning. For more bike-only rides see here.
Neither side of Aravis are too difficult, but this is the harder side. While not exactly crowded, there were lots of cyclists enjoying the car-free roads. A lot of fun.
Best part of the climb was the cheese tasting a kilometre from the col. I especially enjoyed the Beaufort and the Tomme de Savoie.
The climb and descent didn’t take too long, so I decided to visit Col des Saisies next.
TIP: If you are climbing the north side of Col des Saisies – take the turn-off early to Crest-Voland for a much quieter and scenic climb than the main “routes des Grandes Alpes” road. No motorcycles in summer. This alternate way rejoins the main road just below the col. On the map above, I descended via the main road.
At Col des Saisies I went over the top and rode the last steep stretch up to Signal de Bisanne, the high point above Saisies ski station. For details of the entire direct and very challenging climb to Signal, see here.
Hopefully, I’ll be cycling up Col des Glières for another car-free day this Saturday morning