Col de la Colombiere is the closest “famous” climb to me – just over 30 minute drive away.
It was in the Tour last year and I will be cycling it again with a couple of friends on July 17th, in this year’s Tour de France.
Strangely, at the bottom it was signed as CLOSED – although I was pretty sure there would be no snow remaining. In the event, it meant less traffic on a beautiful Sunday – and there was just a little snow at the side of the road.
The last 3kms are very steep – my wife still curses the finish from a couple of years ago. A VERY strong head wind made today’s finish particularly daunting – this is the second time I have passed cyclists walking the last stretch here.