Col des Glières Loop – Video

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Another fantastic spring-times Alps loop. To be clear, this is not a road bike route as there is still plenty of snow on top – some pushing was required.

Steep:  East Side Glières The Top:  Col des Glières Col des Glières Col des Fleuries

Starting in Roche-sur-Foron, we headed for the Gorges du Borne, but at the entrance, we took the super steep cliff road that runs parallel but above the main road (see map for turn off).

The route soon rejoins the main road – and then turns off to the right to climb the super steep road up to Plateau des Glières. See grade above, 6 kms averaging +11% and often far steeper. Ouch.

Video: Be patient, the downhill starts in 40 seconds.

Steep:  East Side Glières

Even in summer, it is not possible to cross Col des Glières on a road bike as there is a two km stretch that is a dirt/gravel road.

The warm weather meant this often icy stretch was clear, but there is still plenty of snow up top. The path was snow covered for a couple of kms at the top, we rode part of it but it was often too uphill, and soft to manage.

Snow at top a little soft (some pushing)

From the top, a fast descent (see video), before climbing to Col des Fleuries and back to the car.

A fantastic ride.

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