Col Hunting

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The French Department of Ain (north-west of Haute Savoie) has about thirty cycling routes well sign-posted at all degrees of difficulty. Today I tried a tough route through the Jura mountains that passed 4 mountain Cols (and a 10 km detour made it 5 Cols). Net, 91 kms and 1,500 metres ascent along wide and quiet roads through mountain forests.

I was pretty tired but a Peanut Butter sandwich at 50 kms helped.

Although I passed 5 Cols, three were approached from easy sides. But the other two were good climbs.

  • Col de Berentin: 14 kms and 700 metres ascent
  • Col de la Rochette: 8kms and about 450 metres ascent

Col de Berentin Col de la Rochette

Col des Glieres
Saleve via Col des Pitons
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Happiest while cycling uphill. More enthusiastic than talented, my 2014 Challenge is to cycle 50 great rides, slowly.