It was riding through the vineyards and quiet countryside west of Geneva that first got me passionate about cycling a few years back (long before it ever occurred to me to cycle up an Alp). 🙂
I had never done the east side of Col de la Croix de Fer, in part because the route includes 4 tunnels in the middle – and I hate tunnels.
Another great climb up to an Alpine hydro-electric dam/lake.
26.6 kilometres and 1680 metres (5500 feet) of ascent – this is a gigantic and beautiful ride well worth the visit.
Wow – this is a big climb.
There is a little known, much harder, alternate north route up Col de la Colombière via Romme.
The sign at the top said Combe Blanche. My book says Col de Puthod and Michelin maps says Col de la Vattay.
Regardless it’s a fantsatic, steep, deserted climb in the Jura mountains.
The Chamonix tourist office gave me a map with several signed mountain bike routes on it.
I chose the “difficult” red route to Le Tour with a plan to then climb towards Col de Balme as high as possible.
I received a nice comment from Colin recently.
He mentioned a road up to Col de la Frasse that I had never heard of – so i got the maps out and made a plan.
One of the best rides from Chamonix. And getting above 2200 metres (over 7200 feet) meant it was full winter gear.