I am trying to get myself motivated for climbing in the cold. Actually, the climbing is fun. It’s the descents that can be awful.
A fairly huge mountain bike ride, Col hunting in the beautiful Vallée Verte – south of Lake Geneva.
Col de Crozet is in the middle of a tiny ski station in the Jura mountains above Geneva.
This is a fantastic climb high above Lake Annecy – worth re-doing on a clear sunny day as views everywhere.
Wow are my legs tired.
I have completed my main 2008 Challenge to cycle 160,000 metres of vertical ascent (or one foot for every minute of the year). There is no doubt that my silly challenges have kept me motivated.
It was overcast all day in Geneva – on the other side of the mountains. A huge cloud wall was on top of the Juras. I was in a little sunny micro climate valley.
One of the longest and biggest climbs in France. Val Thorens is the highest resort in the world famous Trois Vallées ski area (Courchevel, Méribel, etc).
A lessor known but challenging climb south of Chambery.
Relentless and very steep
It’s tough to say much about Alpe d’huez that hasn’t been said a hundred times before. But I will say that October is a fantastic time.