Cycling to Col de a Bathie. Exploring unpaved high alpine roads can be rewarding. And one can discover some very, very big “unknown” climbs. Map, profile, photos, etc.
Recently we went hiking with friends all the way to the summit of Le Parmelan (1834 metres) the prominent peak jutting out of the north edge of the Alps a little west of Lake Annecy. It’s a huge, rugged massif with the occasional hiking trail, but not much else. I, of course, was eyeing the cycling possibilities.
A bike/hike to Col des Contrebandiers and above to Mont Veyrier. Photos, map, etc.
Cycling Col de la Croix de Fer via Col du Mollard. Map, photos, profile, etc.
Despite its great name, I had never cycled to La Vue des Alpes – in…
Mont Revard is the big Massif just north-east of Chambéry, overlooking the south-east side of Lac du Bourget. Its imposing cliff face dominates the views east and the roads up need to cycle around behind these cliffs from either the north (Aix-les-Bains) or the south (Chambéry).
Lac du Bourget and Surrounding Cycling Climbs
The Twenty Highest Paved Cycling Climbs in France. Maps, photos, route descriptions, etc.
Cycling up to Pila: the ski station high above the city of Aosta. Map, photos, profile.