Col de la Colombière (both sides) and Col de Romme
A great day watching the Epic stage 17 of the Tour de France.
With five climbs and some of the steepest stretches in the entire Tour, this stage (along with Ventoux) will be the toughest test of the race.
Cyclo-tourists coming to the Alps understandably flock to the Route des Grandes Alpes to do the famous Tour de France climbs.
But there are countless lessor known climbs that are as beautiful, much quieter, and often very challenging.
I just couldn’t resist.
While skiing at Le Grand Bornand a few days ago, I kept looking towards Col de la Colombière and wondering if I could reach the top with a bike – without waiting until June for the road to open.
Wow, I am tired!
Attracting several thousand riders, the Time-Megeve cyclosportive is one of the bigger cycling events in France.
A CHALLENGE to Martin, Barry, Eric (and anyone else):
Come join me on June 29th for La Grand Bo cyclosportif from Le Grand-Bornand.
Here is stage one of the upcoming July 2008 Lost Boys Tour d’Enfer. A trip organized by my friend Leslie that will include people from the USA, Canada, France, Turkey, Germany, and Switzerland.
Col de Solaison seems only to be there for the pleasure of tourists, and amateur climbing cyclists in particular.”
– Atlas des Cols des Alpes
What a great Bastille Day. Doreen and I cycled up the Col de la Colombiere…