Vallée Verte Five Col LoopBy Will • Feb 8th, 2008 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
No matter how much you cycle in the Alps, there are always new climbs to explore. Today’s ride took me past 5 Cols, only one of which i knew (and four that were not in my cycling bible).
Today was a good example of a ride I couldn’t have done without a GPS. I mapped out a confusing track through the beautiful Vallée Verte (Green Valley) region due south of Lake Geneva trying to hit all 5 Cols – uploaded the route onto my GPS – and Voilà, had an easy to follow trail.
Looking at the elevation chart, there were two main climbs. Col des Moises was the first and biggest climb of the day. A fantastic route along a quiet road through the woods.
The other was Col des Arces – along a tiny little road with views of the nearby ski station. The route also climbs parts of Col de Terramont and Col du Cou (which I knew), and also went by Col de Jambaz – where i doubled back and searched in Vain for a good sign. As the satellite photo shows, the descent home had great views of Lake geneva
This is a fantastic route worth repeating.
The roads were mainly clear, but there were lots of ice patches so I was glad I left the road bike at home.