Road Cycling (20)
Cycling in the fag end of the year becomes pretty much opportunistic but some unexpected good weather gave me the chance to scratch two itches, a long ride (well long for me) and to visit an unknown s
Alpe Camasca from Lake Orta
Nice climb this morning but got lost in Quarno Sopra before finding the road to Camasca - very hard in places, it must be around 18-20% max, chain was making a nasty noise.
Rode to the end of the road at Alpe Busca this year. There is no real view from the top - a small shrine with a fountain of very pleasant water, just mountains.
Col du Granier from St Baldof; Chartreuse, France
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.
The real Tour de la Chartreuse
North to South, or South to North? That is the question and it is not entirely simple to resolve.
Alpe Busca / Inuggio - Lake Orta, Italy
The idea was to take the road above Luzzogno towards Alpe Busca as far as it is surfaced. But I was unsure of the route above Luzzogno so took the Inuggio road instead.
Col de Pré via Arêches, Beaufortain, French Alps
I was surprised to see that the main road is the one that goes to the lac St Guerin and the climb to the Col de Pré is just a backroad.
Le Collet d'Allevard back door, France, Alps
Note: this road is closed in the winter months. It is also poorly surfaced before the main Allevard road.This used to be a departmental road but has been abandoned to the elements for a dozen years.
Scareno and Ponte Romana, Lake Maggiore, Italy
I'd never cycled up to Scareno before and to be honest, there isn't much reason to. It is a long way up a big of a rough road.
Storming the Bastille
Well not really storming but more grovelling with a time of around 16 minutes to the top. It is a very very steep climb for the first 1km.
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