This morning it was raining, very windy, and cold. So I sat by the phone waiting for Keith to cancel. But he is Scottish not Australian, so canceling never crossed his mind.
CycleChat is a friendly cycling forum with mainly UK riders. As a way to build the community, and to get members to meet and ride together, a couple of jerseys are being passed around to be signed by as many members as possible.
Keith (MCD) was visiting nearby Chamonix, so we made plans to meet and get together for a ride.
After fixing his pedals on my spare road bike, we took the mandatory jersey photo and set-off up Le Saleve – the big mountain overlooking Geneva and the lake. Don’t worry, I took the jersey off before sweating.
It can be very steep in parts, and as we got to know each other, I encouraged him to do most of the talking, while I pretended I was feeling no pain. It’s a superb car free route. And though the Alps views were blocked by dark clouds, we were able to see Lake Annecy in the distance.
As it began to snow(!), we reached 1,350 metres (about (4500 feet), where the road was still closed due to snow.
Keith being an Alps rookie, borrowed my spare jacket for the cold descent.
A thoroughly enjoyable ride! Back at my house, over pizza, we sat around congratulating ourselves for getting out on a great route on such a dodgy day.
And the cycling gods were smiling on us as it is pouring this afternoon.
Here are some photos of the same route when the weather is better: