I was looking to see of it was possible to climb a tiny “road” up to Col de la Charmette.
A fantastic four col loop through the Chartreuse alps above Chambéry.
The huge mountain massif between Grenoble and Chambéry is the Parc naturel régional de Chartreuse. Beautiful mountains and some great cycling.
My greatest cycling skill? Climbing? Descending? Time Trialing? Sadly no.
But I am a great route planner! And today’s route was sweet.
My legs needed a day off, but the sirens of the Dauphiné were calling my name.
On a last second whim, I jumped in the car to the base of Col du Granier – the first climb in today’s race.