Map, photos, profile: Cycling the hard way to Col de la Colombière via Romme with a challenging, super-scenic unpaved detour to Tête de la Sallaz.
Mont Lachat (2050 metres) is the high point, with 360 degree views, of Le Grand…
Col des Annes – (Very) Steep & Quiet. Plus Col de la Colombière
If the finish was closer to the top of a mountain, and there wasn’t Tourmalet next week, this might be called the Queen stage of the 2010 Tour.
Col de la Colombière (both sides) and Col de Romme
A great day watching the Epic stage 17 of the Tour de France.
With five climbs and some of the steepest stretches in the entire Tour, this stage (along with Ventoux) will be the toughest test of the race.
Cyclo-tourists coming to the Alps understandably flock to the Route des Grandes Alpes to do the famous Tour de France climbs.
But there are countless lessor known climbs that are as beautiful, much quieter, and often very challenging.
I just couldn’t resist.
While skiing at Le Grand Bornand a few days ago, I kept looking towards Col de la Colombière and wondering if I could reach the top with a bike – without waiting until June for the road to open.