A superb loop through the Jura mountains – including eight Cols (three for the first time).
The Kiental valley is dominated by the snow-covered peaks of Blumlisalp at the far end – the goal today was to get as high possible on my hybrid bike.
The route includes 3 Cols but the detour up Mont d’Or and it’s leg crushing final kilometre is the highlight of this loop through the French and Swiss Jura mountains.
This is a big, beautiful climb with plenty of road graffiti from a recent Tour de Suisse appearance
Andermatt can be the start point for four beautiful +2000 metres passes (Furka, Susten, Gotthard and Oberalp).
Leave the road bike at home as these hairpins are 100% cobble-stone heaven.
Now this is an interesting way to cycle Col de la Madeleine.
As an anniversary gift, Doreen offered me car support on the hors categorie climb of my choice.
I am not used to being here without skis on. But I was plotting this challenging route last winter while slaloming (!?) the slopes at Flaine ski station.