The climb to Col des Gliéres is one of a very few big climbs that I think is actually better (more fun!) in the winter.
That funny white thing with wings is a giant monument to the French Resistance.
Glieres was a major base in WW2 for the Maquis.
I started to run into snow and ice on long stretches shaded from the sun. My tires were slipping and I considered turning around – but I promised myself I would descend the crazy parts by foot.
Col des Glieres starts only about 15 miles from home. It’s a beautiful hair-pinned route…