Vallée Verte 3 Cols with the BoysBy Will • Apr 12th, 2009 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
It’s that time of year where cyclists all over the world break out their silly cycling kit. Today, I had my full Marmotte outfit (fuzzy red Alpine rodents all over my clothes). My wife hates it ;(.
A pretty lively 90+ kilometre ride from Geneva into the Vallée Verte with Martin, Barry, and Eric, including Col de Saxel, Col de Terramont, and Col de Cou.
After climbing and descending Col de Saxel, we had a minor disagreement on whether to detour to Col de Terramont. I succesfully arbitrated by finding a café across the road for Bazza to have a drink while the rest of us added this small climb.
Below, Barry’s video while climbing Col de Saxel:
I get mocked a lot for getting a “chain” tattoo on my leg every ride. Strangely they didn’t mock me about my full Marmotte kit. It’s good to see Barry breathing so heavily for a change. And Eric, of course, is somewhere miles ahead of us.
On the way home, we came to a fork in the road and Barry and I went one way and Eric and Martin the other. There were only two choices and I quickly tracked down Eric and Martin. Somehow Barry disappeared taking neither option – magic.
Several phone calls later we tracked him down, a necessary task especially because he was kindly hosting us afterwards to watch Paris-Roubaix.