Road Cycling (21)
Saint-François-Longchamp via Montgellafrey; Maurienne; France
I wanted to tackle the Madeleine via Montgellafrey as I hadn't done this climb before. It is a little back road but not that quiet. On paper the climb is just 7.7% over 13km.
Passo della Colma from Varello; Piedmont; Italy
Passo della Colma is 8.9 kilometers long for an elevation gain of 490 meters giving an average gradient of 5.1%. The climb starts near the historic town of Varallo, which is worth a detour.
Main climb was pleasant but still finding the very steep ramps hard. Little shake down of the bike after the trip.
Col du Glandon in the cold
It has been like winter this May. Rain, snow, cold, wind. Not very inviting. Finally a break in the weather, a bit unexpected and I decided to ride the Croix de Fer or Glandon.
Narbonne, Cols de Clémencières and Vence
1h25 for the loop but a bit tight as I only had 1h30 for lunch so had to push it after the climb.
Another bite of the Madeleine
I parked up at la Grande Croix d'Aiguebelle. A hamlet at the entrance to the Maurienne valley. In the drought the river was dry but the fountain still worked.
A trip to Orta isn't complete without a Coiromonte. Well that is not really true but it is quite an interesting climb and only takes just over an hour.
Col de Pré to the Cormet de Roselend
Second big col of the spring campaign. This time we drove to Beaufortain as Mike finds the Albertville road uninteresting and very busy. He's not wrong. We too the back road to Arêches.
The Long Climb
I decided to start early 7h20 but could easily have started an hour earlier with the temperatures.
Narbonne - Clemenciere, again
Back to the Narbonne to do the climb from the bottom this time. It is really steep for the first km or two which doesn't seem to show up in the stats. The ramps are really over 10%.
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