Lake Annecy Loop via the MountainsBy Will • Mar 16th, 2010 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
The Alps are open for cycling.
Above: That’s Eric.
My first “mountain” metric century of the year. Not fast, but fun.
This is one of my favourite times of year to cycle here. It’s finally a bit warmer, the (lower) roads are clear, and the mountains are snow-covered beautiful.
The 2010 debut for my road-bike. A fairly challenging but not too crazy three Col ride.
Eric and I started in Annecy, taking the cycling path for 25 kms or so, then turned up the road to Col de Tamié.
The easiest climb of the day first. A very pleasant ride with high mountains on either side. The Col de Tamié is at 907 metres, but for true Col hunters – see the map – the Collet de Tamié is at 960 metres nearby (thanks Eric for the tip).
Next, the Col de l’Epine is a great “half-climb“. Beautiful hairpins, clear views of the valley below, quiet road, but perhaps half the size of a famous climb – fun. Roughly 7 kms averaging a bit more than 7% – but a much steeper start.
Finally, Col de la Forclaz de Montmin is challenging and stunning. It’s the first place I ever saw a Tour de France mountain stage – and is a major reason I became addicted to cycling uphill. It’s only 9.5 kms, but is often crazy steep.
A pretty amazing loop, on quiet roads, and the legs survived the early season test.
Above: Old Dauphine Libéré graffiti that basically insults the UCI and Moreau (he won the Dauphiné on this climb).