This cyclosportive has become one of the most famous events on the European amateur cycling calendar. In part due to the beautiful surroundings, and in part due to the challenging course – including 5 passes above 2,000 metres.
It had never occurred to me that the legendary Joux Plane might be rideable in winter.
How does a 32 kilometres bike ride take over 5 hours? Ice, Ice, more ice, snow, hiking, etc.
I have to cycle 100 Cols in 2009, so I thought I better get started.
I consider this site a photoblog more than anything else. Anyone that rides with me has learned to tolerate frequent stops for photos (and for me to catch my breath).
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.
The climb to Col des Gliéres is one of a very few big climbs that I think is actually better (more fun!) in the winter.