This weekend`s cycling tour led through Switzerland, Italy and France hitting climbs like
- Col de Champex (9.3k, 560m elevation),
- St Grand Bernard (45km, 2000m elevation),
- Petit St. Bernard (28km, 1287m elevation),
- Cormet de Roselend (20km, 1100m elevation) and
- Col de Montets (11.5km, 420m elevation)
....all around Mt. Blanc.
We had every kind of weather. From cool Spring-like temperatures while crawling up Grand St. Bernard to Mediterranean heat in Aosta, Italy having lunch in a park to damp and rainy weather in Ugine, France to clear sunshine in Chamonix.
It`s fun cycling through three different countries with different food options, weather and terrain. We stayed in small ski resort towns that offered cute hotel rooms with a homelike character.
Here is the route with some pics:
|The pain measured in elevation|
|A glimpse to the Mt. Blanc|
|Tunnels - sometimes so dark you have no clue where you are riding|
|St petit Bernard....Not so petit though with 1,300m of climbing!|
|Since we just crossed into Italy, a crostata had to be on the re-fuel menu|
|What a view!|
|Sunshine on the ascent, mystic fog on the descent|
|Cycling in the clouds|
|View to Martigny, our start and end point|
|Another view to the Mt Blanc|
On next weekend`s agenda will be Italy with climbs like Stelvio Joch, Gavia und den Mortirolo.
Picture source: http://www.chamonix.net/english/summer-activities/cycling/tour-du-mont-blanc
Photo Credit: Paul Boerner