Lake Annecy Loop via the other Col de l’Epine

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There are two climbs called Col de l’Epine in Haute Savoie – épine means thorn or prickle. I climbed the one near Chambery last week. Today, I climbed the other – half way between Annecy and Albertville.

With friends in town we did the standard visit to Annecy. So while they wandered through the old town, I took my bike up the bike path for a big loop of Lake Annecy via the Col de l’Epine. Its a steepish short climb – only about 7 kms with nice views of the valley below. The sign says it is over 1,000 metres but in fact it is well below this – closer to 950.

After the climb the road leads onto a great quiet road around a steep gorge. A quick descend and then up the small Col de Marais. Through Thones and back to Annecy via Col de Bluffy. The rest days and a quiet ride on the home trainer left me feeling much better/stronger today. Pizza in town as Doreen showed me her successful shopping.

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Col de lEpine Col de Bluffy Col de Marais

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5 Comments

  1. This must have been a beautiful ride. It sounds as if you are getting well-prepared for Alsace whereas I, on the other hand, am spending the week in Berlin eating pastry. Bring good weather with you!

  2. Hi Leslie

    Yes, weather has been very dodgy here. I rode yesterday morning with an Aussie that found drizzle and 15 celsius too cold!
    Luckily we are real men (Canadian).

    Organizing this tour in Alsace/Black Forest versus the Alps was sheer genius. Snow at 1800 metres recently means many big Alps climbs are undoable or VERY treacherous.

    Enjoy the pastries and see you in a few days.
    My legs are twitching in anticipation.

    Will

  3. Hi Chilly,
    Looking forward to hearing how you did today — I was nervous for you last night but managed to fight through and sleep until 9.15am, at which time I awoke and realized you had already been up for several hours.

    I did a run in your honour and am now parked on the couch watching a movie…storing up vicarious energy which I am sending to you so you can conquer the Alsace cols.

    I am very proud of you…keep me posted.

    Love,
    Jelly

  4. Stuard Detmer on

    This is a wonderful ride and one of my favorite short rides near Annecy. Beautiful scenery and very doable for novice riders. I did it summer 2007 with my 11 year old son, Austin. He’s gunning for polka-dots next year.

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