The other day while riding through the vallée verte I saw a path up high in the distance that looked very intriguing.
I was looking to see of it was possible to climb a tiny “road” up to Col de la Charmette.
If you don’t like a little bike pushing and carrying then you best ignore this post.
Ovronnaz is a little ski station in the Valais region of Switzerland that has featured recently in the Tour de Suisse. It’s a beautiful and steep 10 kilometre climb. Vineyards down low, south facing for plenty of sun on a cool November day, and dozens of amazing hairpins:
I had never cycled the steep roads to Chalets de Bise and Refuge d’Ubine. And there is nothing better than doing a a couple of climbs for the first time and being pleasantly surprised.
I’ve dreamed of doing this forever. Climb Col du Tourmalet, the most famous pass in the Pyrenées and then go much higher on an unpaved path to the towering Pic du Midi de Bigorre.
Les Arcs is one of our favourite French high Alps ski stations. The high point is Aguille Rouge at over 3200 metres. I am terrified the few times I have skied down …. but always thought it might be a great cycling goal.
I thought it might be possible to mountain bike into the slopes above Les Arcs via a different valley on little farm tracks. Maybe.