Col du Glandon (& Croix de Fer) – Photo Essay

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I have had the good fortune to cycle Col du Glandon twice this summer.

Once to watch the Tour de France with my Swedish friend Jens, and then this past weekend on *bike-only* day with Philippe (above) and Patrice. Glandon is a challenging 20 kilometres with the last hair-pin filled stretch being about as fun a road to cycle as I know. I just love this climb.

Here are a few photos mixing the two days up a little:

Jens waving:

Jens waves to camera

Me and Belgian fans – the kind Flemish lady painted my face too:

Belgian fans painted my face too

Awesome girl working the publicity caravan:

2012 Tour - awesome Vittel girl

Wiggins and pals:

Wiggins group

World Champion Mark Cavendish and some idiot runners:

Cavendish and idiot runners

Patrice on last hairpin (Jens and I watched the Tour here):

Patrice

Brief detour over top to Lac de Grand’Maison (spelled correctly):

Lac de Grand'Maison

Extra 3 kilometres after Glandon is Col de la Croix de Fer (Philippe almost there):

Col de la Croix de Fer

Col de la Croix de Fer means Pass of the Iron Cross – and there is in fact an Iron Cross at the summit:

Col de la Croix de Fer

Awesome cow up high:

Nervously making a new friend

Awesome cow in St-Jean-de-Maurienne tourist office:

Polka Dot Cow

Bunny ears never gets old:

Belgian Face paint

Cheers from the top:

col beers

A few more:

Col du GlandonCochonou!MooPhilippeMe and FoxyCroix de FerCol du Glandon

Two utterly fantastic days. One with thousands of people and a fun Swede, the other just with a couple of friends.

Finally:

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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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