Tignes 2100 Hotel
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... 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 ...
Today the plan was to ride three or four cols, well that was the plan, the weather had other ideas.
I set off at 5.30am with just a light drizzle and if you have seen today's stage of the TDF you would know it became progressively worse.
I made it to Thones climbing the Col De Bluffy however by then I was soaked through. My rain booties and gloves had given up and became water capsules, I couldn't warm up and still had to climb over 1400 metres.
The Alps beat me ...
Following our departure from the Turin area, we had planned a stop off in Bardonecchia, Italy - it was to be our last stop prior to crossing the border into France.
Bokki Camping was our site of choice, it promised to be "one of the best camping sites in Italy" what could be wrong with that? - We know from experience that campsites in Italy aren't the best, but if this ...
... the path we rode on was a dedicated cycle path, a lot of roads in France have a dotted lane on the road, and cyclists share the road with motor bikes, busses and cars. The French motorists do seem to be very respectful of cyclists and seem to wait patiently for a safe spot to overtake, having said that, I wouldn't risk my life riding on these narrow mountain roads.
In Annecy we had dinner in a little restaurant, L'Auberge de Savoie, recommended ...
The forecast was correct - sunshine and clear blue skies after three days of poor visibility and high winds! Our plans was to do two peaks in one day. Turns out that was a bit ambitious as, after the snowfall of the previous two days, there was a risk of avalanches which meant the top slopes were out of bounds until the all clear was given. They set off 'cannons' - which are giant pipes dotted over the mountains that ignite gas and ...
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