The high Alps cols are starting to open – woohoo. It can be fun to climb a col just as it opens, as usually a little snow is still around.
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Here is a map and details of five ways up the fabulous Col de la Croix de Fer.
I have had the good fortune to cycle Col du Glandon twice this summer. To watch the Tour, and on bike-only day. Nice.
Stage 11 of the 2012 Tour de France is the one big Alps stage this year. With two of the hardest climbs in the Tour – Madeleine and Glandon/Croix de Fer as well as an 18 km final climb to La Toussuire — this will be fun.
The higher Alps passes are starting to open. (video)
As an anniversary gift, Doreen offered me car support on the hors categorie climb of my choice.
Two cows and the actual Croix de Fer (Iron cross) over our shoulder.
A truly perfect day cycling.
La Marmotte (along with l’Etape du Tour) are probably the most famous and two of the most challenging Cyclosportives in France.
I’ll be riding it this Saturday: 174 kilometres and +5,000 metres of ascent (+17,000 feet). Three epic, beautiful, and legendary climbs with the easiest being Alpe d’Huez (seriously).
As the last big mountain day, this stage could decide the entire race.