Another north Alps col has just re-opened after a long winter. This is one of the more famous climbs near to where I live. My plan had been to climb the toughest “third” way via Romme but the route was completely fenced shut. Probably some issues with the fun cliff roads above.
No worries, I turned around and rode up the classic north side. It’s a climb of two parts, split by a flattish stretch at Reposoir. The initial 5 or 6 kilometres are not too steep, pleasantly climbing through a forest. After Reposoir, the views open up and the road turns up. The final three kilometres are the highlight: much steeper with a cliff edge on one side and a big mountain wall on the other.
I rode reasonably hard – for me – to the summit and only went a couple of kilometres over the other side – and then spent a lttle time taking drone photos. But see here for a post with full details of both sides plus the easier side to Romme.
360 Degree Photo
A 360 degree view of the top of the north side. You can scroll and zoom the photo:
Here’s the 360 photo without software that makes it 360/zoomable. Strange but interesting.
Chartreuse de Reposoir monastery (founded in 12th century):
Pleased to see this Will!
I’ll be riding up this side too in 10 days if all turns out well 🙂
Great shots too! I’m still debating whether to take my DJI Mavic or not (have been mostly disappointed by the image quality so far…)
Do you set the photos to Raw format? It helps a little and easier to do some simple editing.