Minimum altitude: 364 meters
Distance: 94.7 km
Slope Aspect: South-West
Vertical Climbed: 1,964 meters (6,444 feet)
Vertical Descended: 1,950 meters
I decided to start early 7h20 but could easily have started an hour earlier with the temperatures. The climb from Sechilliene to Allemont is not hard, 450m over 25km but things are serious on as the climb ramps up after the dam to le Rivier (water fountain in the village) where there are sections over 10% before a short but steep descent (100m D-) then the final climb past the Grand Maison dam. I stopped at the Glandon as I wanted to be back home by 12h30 (it was 10h30), took some photos in the warm air at the col and stretched my legs after nearly 3 hours and 1500m of climbing. On the road down there was a rave at the foot of the Grand Maison. Not much snow anywhere, ski touring today would involve a lot of portage, normally you can tour to the end of the month in good conditions.
After Allemont I put the hammer down to return to the car in 30 minutes but had to pedal all the way. No rest for the wicked. First Grand Col of the season.
Extremely hot at the moment. 34C in the valley. Roads in good condition except a few large rocks on the Glandon climb by Grand Maison.