A very cool feature of the Tour de l’Ain is that for three of the stages they run same-day amateur cyclosportives on the exact same route as the pros.
Today I saw more waterfalls, glaciers, hairpins, and tunnels than I have ever seen in a single day.
A beautiful loop through the Haut Juras – finishing with a superb climb through and above the Gorges du Flumens.
My St-Etienne friends Philippe and Xavier were in the neighbourhood and invited me to join them on a superb but challenging loop. Every climb was steep – including the famous Col de Joux Plane.
French Magazine Le Cycle currently has a special edition out, listing what it calls the 50 most beautiful routes in France. Eric and I decided to try one of their more mountainous suggestions.
Col du Galibier – one of the highest and most famous climbs in France.
A great day watching the Epic stage 17 of the Tour de France.
Le cycle magazine once called this possibly the most difficult climb in France. An exaggeration, but tough work!