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Some shameless Col hunting in the north-west corner of the French Jura mountains. 6 very…
Known locally as the European Grand Canyon, the Gorges de l’Ardèche is a 30 kilometre-long canyon between Vallon-Pont-d’Arc and Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche. It’s paradise on a bike. Map, photos, etc.
This great loop visits 4 cols, three new to me, and Col de Portes from a couple of new sides. This is one of those rides that I describe as having far more kilometre markers than cars. Superb cycling.
Le Semnoz is the huge massif on the west side of Lake Annecy. It is the highest paved cycling climb in the region. I prefer the quieter south side. Map, photos, profile, etc.
Another of my favourite late-winter alpine cycling climbs. With the added bonus of cross-country skiing at the summit.
Not the longest or toughest loop, but very scenic, bike friendly, and occasionally crazy steep. Plus the best view of Lake Annecy from a road bike:
A relatively challenging 80 kilometre loop including Col de la Croix Fry, Col des Aravis, Gorges de l’Arly, Annecy Bike Path, and Col du Marais.
I believe many cyclo-tourists do themselves a huge disservice by prioritising Alpe d’Huez above many far, far more interesting roads.