Thwarted: Above Lac de l’HongrinBy Will • Oct 16th, 2009 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
The plan was to climb the steep and beautiful road from Aigle to Lac de l’Hongrin, proceed to Col des Mosses and loop back via Leysin.
The ride starts climbing at Yvorne through beautiful vineyards (can you spot me in a balaclava?):
We managed to get to the high-point of the ride (1565 metres) — but approaching the Lake, the road was closed due to a Swiss army live ammunition exercise.
Still, the climb itself was fantastic — roughly 13 kms @ 9%. In parts, extremely steep even +20% and well above 10% for much of the way. Nearing the high point is a long, but well lit tunnel (video above). Yikes.
Winter is approaching and it’s getting cold and occasionally icy up high. And long descents require full winter clothing – double gloved, balalava, arm warmers and 5 layers did the job for me.
Whereas Eric froze and we decided that he needs to fatten up a little if he is going to survive a winter of cycling.