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!
Another great loop starting in Corvara. This is basically the second half of the medium (106 km) course in the Maratona dles Dolomites.
This unbelievable loop is the first stretch of the Maratona dles Dolomites – but today I did it in the opposite direction – counterclockwise.
Passo delle Stelvio (Stilfser Joch in German) is one of the most famous, beautiful, high, and fun cycling rides anywhere.