South-East of Lake Geneva, Martigny is the start of several great climbs including Col du Grand St Bernard.
Today’s quick loop sampled three lessor know but superb Cols in the area. Starting just short of Verbier, the Col des Planches is a steep, quiet, well surfaced road that gives ever better views of the valley below.
Between Col des Planches and the other two Cols part of the tiny ridge road is good quality but NOT tarmac – it’s a dirt road with a bit of gravel. I gingerly rode this stretch but encountered no problems. It’s a fantastic ridge road with terrific views BUT probably a hybrid or Mountain Bike would be better.
Just below the Col du Lein the asphalt resumes: