The other day while riding through the vallée verte I saw a path up high in the distance that looked very intriguing.
I was looking to see of it was possible to climb a tiny “road” up to Col de la Charmette.
Fairly well known among Geneva cyclists is some version of the 10 Col Vallée Verte loop.
Here is a map and details of five ways up the fabulous Col de la Croix de Fer.
Col de Joux Plane’s Tougher Neighbour: Plateau des Saix
Col du Noyer is a beautiful, medium difficulty, climb in the Hautes Alpes starting off the Route du Napoleon.
The best part of Plaine Joux is without a doubt the views of Mont Blanc and surrounding mountains.
It is still too early for the high Alps roads to be open. But I thought I’d climb some beautiful roads and see how high I could get.
Many of the most famous climbs in the alps have days where they are closed to motor traffic, reserved for cyclists. Nice.
Col de Tamié would be a good location to watch stage 19 of the 2013 Tour de France.