The French Alps are savage and exciting. But the Swiss Alps always seem picture-postcard beautiful.
The 62nd Tour de Romandie started today. Romandie (Romandy) is the French region of Switzerland so the entire Tour is near me. Eric, Katy and I went to watch the prologue on the lake front of downtown Geneva.
Yes, the Dauphinée will climb Le Salève up the super steep route from Collonge-Sous-Salève just behind my house.
It is rated category one but features 4 kilometres averaging 12% – with a full kilometre averaging 13%. This is steep!
Are you looking for a challenging cycle touring route in the Alps that visits some of the most famous Tour de France climbs?
Barry and Martin patiently agreed to ride SLOWLY with me today. They even let several fat guys pass us. When a beautiful girl rode by it was almost too much for them – but they were loyal and slow.
At the turn, I told Eric it would be impossible to reach and totally covered in snow.
He gave me a half-smile. I knew we were going up.
The Vallée Verte South of Lake Geneva is a beautiful place to get some climbing in while the big Alps are closed. There are quiet, fairly steep climbs everywhere.
This morning it was raining, very windy, and cold. So I sat by the phone waiting for Keith to cancel.
But he is Scottish not Australian, so canceling never crossed his mind.
There is a Grande Randonnée (GR) hiking route along the top of La Vuache and someone had recently asked me if it was do-able by bike.
Today – with Eric and Jason – the idea was to find out.