The high Alps cols are starting to open – woohoo. It can be fun to climb a col just as it opens, as usually a little snow is still around.
Here is a map and details of five ways up the fabulous Col de la Croix de Fer.
The Mauriennne Valley is full of many of the biggest and most famous climbs in France – see here – but there are also many other lessor known gems that shouldn’t be ignored.
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.
Two cows and the actual Croix de Fer (Iron cross) over our shoulder.
A truly perfect day cycling.