At just over 100 kilometres and 3000 metres of ascent, this quintessential north Alps cycling loop climbs the best roads surrounding Morzine.
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.
Over 140 kilometres with about 3,400 metres climb (+11,000 feet) in a heat wave.
The plan was to cycle up Col de la Joux Verte.
I knew the road was still closed, but it’s been so warm we thought with mountain bikes that we’d be OK.
Here is stage one of the upcoming July 2008 Lost Boys Tour d’Enfer. A trip organized by my friend Leslie that will include people from the USA, Canada, France, Turkey, Germany, and Switzerland.
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