A long (30 km) climb from Lake Annecy on a quiet roads up the back way to Le Semnoz – the mountain that dominates the west side of Lake Annecy.
The route is about 30kms (the first 9 are flat) starting near Annecy along the bike path and climbing from less than 500 metres to almost 1,700 metres with a couple of downhills along the way. I climbed the first part with a nice guy from Annecy while we discussed famous climbs and tomorrows French elections. At the Col de Leschux (900m), he descended home and I continued up some fantastic hair pins, picking up the pace.
This is a long, generally not too steep climb, and I was feeling great until the final two steep kms, where I hit a wall – tired. Luckily Doreen had ran for 75 minutes along the Bike Path below and then driven up to fetch me. Great lunch at restaurant up top.