Browsing: France

Doreen and I are spending the long weekend cycling in the beautiful Le Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors – famous for it’s savage gorges.

Philippe and I have ridden together twice now. Today, and once with light hail. We have agreed that our third time must include some sun.

If you are a fan of cross-country skiing or seeing huskies pull a sleigh ….. Col de Cuvéry atop Plateau de Retord is the place to visit.

As luck would have it, I have a cycling friend in St Etienne (today’s Paris-Nice finish). Philippe kindly invited me to come see the stage with him after first exploring the very interesting hills of the Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat by bike.

Col de Crozet is in the middle of a tiny ski station in the Jura mountains above Geneva.

Last year Le Cycle magazine called Mont du Chat possibly the toughest climb in France …. for me it’s far too short for that honour, but it’s hard work.

PS – cyclists should check before every ride that their tires are in good condition.

The sign at the top said Combe Blanche. My book says Col de Puthod and Michelin maps says Col de la Vattay.

Regardless it’s a fantsatic, steep, deserted climb in the Jura mountains.