Col de Montets from Les Houches 25 mile round trip
Leaving Les Houches we passed on old English Red telephone box with a line of washing blowing gently in the warm sunshine. Heading along the flat but pot holed road towards Chamonix. This classic ride was not about the road surface but the spectacular view above us all the way up the valley to Col de Montets. This little Col near to the Swiss border has an elevation of 1461 metres .With Les Houches at 1006metres it’s an uphill climb of just under 500 metres in twelve miles.
At les Praz the going gets tougher, the gears are clicked ready for the few hairpins that lead up to Argentiere, by passing the tunnel for the easier approach beside the gushing river pounding over the rocks. The beauty of this area makes the going easy or easier. A steep stretch through Argentiere’s main street but with plenty of colourful cafes and bakeries to entice. The heart beat is now pumping, zips are pulled open and sleeves are pushed up for the final beautiful section of this uphill ride.
Round hairpins with old Alpine chalets sitting in pastures of Spring flowers just showing their pretty heads. The waterfall joins company again and shows the way to the final bend and then an open high mountain pass with strewn rocks amongst pine trees framing the mountain vista.
And now a well earned rest to take in the view, and what an uplifting scene of snow capped peaks. It’s downhill all the way back to Chamonix and the promise of a good Italian coffee in a sunny cafe.