The Vallée Verte South of Lake Geneva is a beautiful place to get some climbing in while the big Alps are closed. There are quiet, fairly steep climbs everywhere.
I’m an idiot. Last week I put SPD pedals on my hybrid. Today, I arrived in Annecy with no cycling shoes.
Stage 6 will see the Tour d’Enfer climb the mythic Col d’Izoard. Perhaps most famous for the exploits of Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet.
There may not be a better base in the French Alps for cycling than Barcelonnette.
It is literally surrounded by mountains looking to be climbed.
I bumped into a Chamoix – sort of a deer. Note the perfectly heart-shaped bum. Happy Valentine’s day.
OK, I have a new toy. Here is my second attempt at a Video of…
Now this is an amazing route!
A couple of kilometres from Thones is a turn up a very steep, quiet road to the little-known Col de Plan Bois (not in my cycling bible).
Beautiful day. Martin and I did a big loop around Lake Annecy via Col de l’Epine, Col du Marais and Col de Bluffy.
Day five’s challenge will be the biggest vertical ascent climb in France.