On a beautiful Sunday morning, Doreen said she wanted to cycle something “special.” So we headed a little south and I introduced her to the fabulous Lacets (hairpins) de Montvernier.
Dating from 1934, this fun little road features 18 hairpins in quick succession to climb up to Montvernier. It is impossible to photograph all the hairpins while cycling it. But it is a blast to ride.
But a few years back I found a trail (see map below) across a field to a cliff look out that scares the hell out of me. But one can see the entire road. Doreen took this photo while I pretended not to be scared.
Chaussy is a pretty big climb with more than 1000 metres of elevation gain. From Montvernier if you look up you can just make out the road carved into the cliff high above. Fun.
Note, from Col du Chaussy one can descend the other side briefly, then take an unbelievable unpaved route to Col de la Madeleine. See here for details. The profile above includes this road.
Hard work, but we made it to the cliffs:
After the Cliff stretch there is a still more work to do. The last couple of kilometres climb up an alpine meadow to the sounds of hundreds of baaaahing sheep. But the views are terrific.
Happiness is a Col sign photo with my favourite person.
Note, we descended a slightly different road from Montvernier. Very scenic, it crosses Col du Ventour and passes a nice old castle ruin.
Some of the most beautiful hairpins anywhere, a great cliff road, and my brave wife. A winning combination.
Quiet / No Traffic