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.