Thu, 25 September 2014
Minimum altitude: 163 meters
Distance: 168.6 km
Slope Aspect: South-WestTrip Reports
Vertical Climbed: 3,344 meters (10,972 feet)
Vertical Descended: 3,238 meters
There are four routes up the Col de la Madeleine on the south side
Rode with Mike, a big day in the saddle starting from his house near Pontcharra. We took in the Cucheron, a noble climb in itself then descended to the Madeleine. The last 3 km were very hard for me and I met Mike at the col chatting to some girls. It was very cold and windy and only got colder on the dark north side. We'd thought about stopping at Albertville and taking the train. It was very bright, warm with a strong headwind and dust blowing everywhere. Finally a bakery stop re-motivated us even if the last kms were on very up and down roads. Mike cracked at Montmelian, paying for dropping me at the top of the Madeleine no doubt.
Very cold at altitude. Even with gloves my hands were freezing. But very warm back in the valley with dust, a head wind, very tiring. We relayed from the base of the Madeleine back to Pontcharra.