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Today started with another route change, of course. The plan I came up with and promoted to the others was a loop out and back from St-Jean-de-Maurienne to Col du Mollard and back, then a trip down D1006 to St-Michel-de-Maurienne to pick up D902/Route des Grandes Alpes again for the climb to Col du Télégraphe and then …
We left Moutier as quickly as we could, cycling downhill this time to the start of the Col du Madeleine - 25 kms of ascending road on a hot and humid day. 10% start for the first 5 kilometres to morning coffee, where Duncan was offered white wine instead of water, but seeing as how we weren't doping, he politely rejected the offer. Madeleine was …
... bread, cheese and sausage and had a picnic on top of the Col du Lautaret.
We then drove across the Alps again this time via Galibier and the Telegraphe where Mich pulled the pin on driving after seeing tyre tracks that lead over the edge of the narrow road.
More on Galibier tomorrow as I ride it in the opposite direction on the classic Telegraphe/Galibier 35km climb.
I have been guaranteed the bad weather is over, please be true.
Finally some sunshine, well at least a peek through the clouds every now and then. Ready to ride at 5.30am and the night clerk forgot to leave the key out for the shed. Another late start then I'm off to climb Col du Mollard.
Fantastic climb this one fairly long and through forest on the lower slopes and wildflowers above the cloud line. I was a little lost for a while just a little, stupid Garmin! But soon was back on track.
... was still cold and the cloud was very low. I was itching for a ride so decided to tackle some local Cols near us.
They were some great climbs, Villerzembrun climb with its hairpins and early steep ramps out of St Michel and Col de Beau Plan with forest mist through the clouds on quiet roads and only a fool like me out riding them. The early ramps out of St Michel on Villerzembrun were tough but it soon eased off ...
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