As the ski stations close for the season, now is the perfect time to climb cleared and empty roads.
Le Semnoz is the big forested mountain on the west side of Lake Annecy. There are several great routes up – today I took the direct steep route from Annecy – descending the quieter south side via Col de Leschaux (map at bottom).
Distance: 18.3 kms (11.4 miles)
Ascent: 1,210 metres (3,940 feet)
Le Semnoz is featured in my favorite cycling movie: “Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert.” This belgium black comedy/farce is about a semi-pro cyclist during the Merckx era that gets a chance to ride in the Tour de France. Ghislain was born the same day as Merckx, but 10 minutes behind him.
The film features all sorts of classic cycling footage including various one day classic routes, the showers at Paris-Roubaix, Col d’Izoard, Mont Ventoux, and – as part of a fictional Tour stage – Le Semnoz.
You can order the movie at Amazon – it comes with english subtitles. A must see for any cyclist fan.
Below – Self-portrait: