Col d’Iseran


I am writing this entry from a little bistro in Val d’Isere – a ski resort high in the French Alps.

We have just finished climbing the famous col d’iseran. Formerly the highest road in Europe at 2770 metres (+9000 feet). We 1st saw this col on a hike during a ski vacation – I kept saying what a great bike route it would be – not realizing it was one of the most famous cycling climbs in the alps. I often say a ride is beautiful – but this ride is truly stunning. The route climbs along the edge of a mountain and almost climbs over the mountains. Epic!

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Happiest while cycling uphill. More enthusiastic than talented, my 2014 Challenge is to cycle 50 great rides, slowly.

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