Thu, 19 May 2022
Minimum altitude: 268 meters
Distance: 43.3 km
Slope Aspect: North-EastTrip Reports
Vertical Climbed: 1,093 meters (3,586 feet)
Vertical Descended: 1,087 meters
I'd never done the climb to the Granier via la Petite Montagne before and neither had Mike who lives near the foot of the climb. From St Baldof it starts steep, flattens and traverses at the top of the village then ramps up again to 9% average (with sections at 15%) until it joins the main road from Chambery for around 500 meters of climbing. The final section to the Col du Granier is a more reasonable 6% to add another 300 meters to the total.
Mike wasn't on form, which was good as I didn't want a beasting and we kept a reasonable pace to the col but the slope and heat had proved too much for one guy who was walking the steeper section. The ride down is tricky. The road is very rough at the top with a lot of cracks and some weird corners that get tighter as you go around them.
Overall a pleasant discovery and a chance to catch up without riding eyeballs out. VAM was about 870 on the section from St B. to the main road, about typical at the moment for me.
Very hot, 27C, after a hot night.