Cormet de Roselend


Not bad at all:

On a beautiful Saturday, I was eyeing some new climbs on the way to Val d’Isère for the car-free Sunday up Col de l’Iseran. But I decided to visit an old friend. I love this climb.

2nd summit of Roselendjust above the damRoselend damLove my new Haute Savoie Kit

Both sides of Cormet de Roselend – although quite different from each other — are stunningly beautiful. Today, I started in Bourg-St-Maurice starting with the 20 km east side. Even on a busy holiday travel day, it was quiet.

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Hairpins everywhere, cow bells as background soundtrack, and ever improving views. It’s a great road.

Cormet de Roselend

For more climbs in the area including the other side of Roselend and the tough side of the incredible Col du Pré see Beaufort – Five Great Climbs in Cheese Country

At the summit, I had a morning beer (see Col sign photo above), and then with big plans in the next couple of days, I decided to just descend to the lake on the other side, leaving the main road to cross the dam/barrage, and make the short climb up the easy side of Col du Pré — for some of the best views in cycling.

Lac de Roselend

I love Beaufort Cows and Beaufort Cheese:


It’s important to match the road (I love my new Haute Savoie kit):

Vive La Savoie Libre

As good as it gets on a bike.


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  1. ralph.bowman on

    Your new kit is wonderful. Where can I get one?
    I thought you were a part of the Pro Tour at first.
    I remember the spectacular views!

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  3. Hey Will,

    We’ve talked before when I brought a group over in 2009 for my 50th. We’re coming back this July for my 55th and doing a bunch of rides, you’ve been very helpful. I saw on your site the 2013 days when no cars are allowed on the roads. Do you have the 2014 no car dates? We’re going to be there from July 10-19 and staying in St Jean and Albertville.



  4. Hi Chet,

    The Haute Savoie tourist office hasn’t yet announced their 2014 car-free days. I think in recent years they usually announce in April. So I’ll keep an eye out.


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