Travel Blogs from Serre-Chevalier
Like Hannibal and his elephants we took it upon ourselves to traverse the mighty Alps in our trusty Citroen. Driving over the Col du Glandon on our way to the village of Le Bourg D'Oisains we arrived just as the weekly markets were about to open.
A tasty breakfast of brioche and grande cafe at the local boulangerie and we were set for shopping and cycling. A visit to the local cycle shop to enquire about climbing the Alpe was in order as conditions were terrible, pouring rain ...
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 ...
... between my legs I returned to Annecy to pack up and make our way to the Maurienne Valley and the heart of the big Alps climbs.
To rub salt into my wounded ego the SD card in the camera played up so I lost all my pics of the short 50km ride today. Oh well re-format and away we go again.
We visited Albertville, sight of the 1992 winter Olympics and St Jean de Maurienne on our way to St Michel de Maurienne where we will base ourselves for the next week.
St Jean ...
... were much higher, both of which meant that the temperature was
higher and would reach 18 degrees by noon. This climb was not very long at only 14km, and had an average of 8.7% grade with a peak of 10.1%. It's a climb that has made many appearances in the Tour de France and because it's not very long it's very popular among cyclists. The first 4km was pretty steep and maintained 9-10% all the way. After that it eased a bit ...
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