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Forclaz is only an 8km climb but its very steep. Note the 13% grade road sign on the right side of Martin in the photo below. Great ride and pizza and frites in old Annecy afterwards. Stunning but very Hazy view of the lake below.
I checked the webcam for Manigod ski station and the roads looked clear enough. So I drove to Thones and climbed the Col de la Croix Fry. This was the last climb in stage 17 of the 2004 Tour de France when Armstrong beat Kloden by about an inch. The stats don’t look too hard [...]
This climb is most famous as the last climb on the 1958 Tour de France stage when Charlie Gaul took back 12 minutes on the leaders and went on to win the Tour. Nicknamed Monsieur Pipi because he “invented” taking a pee while continuing to ride.
Chamrousse is a ski resort high above Grenoble. It last featured in the Tour de France in 2001 as a Time Trial won by Armstrong. The routes starts in the attractive Spa town of Uriage-Les-Bains. The climb reminded me a bit of Les Arcs. Big wide sweeping roads with great views of the valley below [...]
Col des Saisies will be in the 2006 Tour de France on the last huge mountain day – ending in Morzine. The ride starts in Beaufort (famous for its cheese). This little valley is hard to get to … even the main road is a narrow winding affair. Beaufort is a cycling mecca — and [...]
After a week of rain (and snow at altitude) the sun finally appeared. For the 3rd time in the last 3 years i decided to climb the Col de la Croix Fry (featured in Tour de France a couple of years back. I parked in Thones and the real climb starts about a km from [...]