The Critérium du Dauphiné week long stage race begins June 5th – official race site here. Of note, is the crazy steep 3.9 kilometre prologue above Les Gets (see profile at left). I know the area very well, but didn’t know the climb.
Les Gets is a ski station in Haute Savoie, linked with Morzine. Mont Chéry is above town and covered with ski pistes. This route is basically a freshly paved ski-lift service road (in fact, they were paving it as I visited).
Anyway, I was curious. So here is (an admittedly amateurish) video of the climb. Steep !
Visiting the Area?
- The best road bike loop in the area: Cols Ramaz, Encrenaz, Joux Verte, and Joux Plane. See here. Note, you could eliminate any of the cols, simplifying the loop, by riding through Les Gets.
- Opposite Mont Chéry, also starting in Les Gets, is an unpaved route up to Col de Joux Plane. See here.
- The Etape du Tour and stage 20 of the 2016 Tour de France will be nearby. Route preview here.