Col de la Madeleine is one of the very toughest climbs in France. Here’s a third, super tough, but less famous way up. Plus a fun detour.
Stage 11 of the 2012 Tour de France is the one big Alps stage this year. With two of the hardest climbs in the Tour – Madeleine and Glandon/Croix de Fer as well as an 18 km final climb to La Toussuire — this will be fun.
I’ve cycled the north side of Madeleine a couple of times, but never tried the steep little side road part way up that goes to to Lachat.
My first “road trip” in 6 months. I decided to treat myself to something special. A little known dream route.
Too much fun. See post for Video.
If the finish was closer to the top of a mountain, and there wasn’t Tourmalet next week, this might be called the Queen stage of the 2010 Tour.
Now this is an interesting way to cycle Col de la Madeleine.
Winter is for dreaming. Here are five great French Alps climbs all over 2,000 metres that to-date I have not yet cycled.