Col Du Glandon

Col du Glandon 1924 m  and Col de la Croix Fer 2067m

Start and Finish and Finish Saint Etienne de Cuines …30miles

Height Gain… 1617 m

 

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A truly beautiful classic climb, that would rate highly on any cyclists list. Quiet roads, great tarmac and awe inspiring scenery  passing by. Gradients averaged around 7 to 8 % for about 12 miles, then became higher when we cycled into the Alpage. Waterfalls tumbling, open Glens full of crazing cows and Mountain peaks that made the heart sing.

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The last 3kms signs told 11% but I think a bruising 13% on a couple of the hairpins to the top. Blue skies above, locals picking Mytilles off the bushes with fancy fork gadgets ( Blueberries) and a challenge to ride to the top.

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The final last bend to the top, the scenery reminds me of Highlands and my local Newlands Valley just a mere 6,000 feet higher.

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A classic fun top and the sight of the next challenge to come for the Yellow jersey cyclists.

 

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Barely any traffic on the roads, just a few locals wondering what all the excitement is about.

Cuddly Marmots popping up from hidden holes and Kestrels hovering in the mountain thermals.

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A little more crowded, but all come to admire the view on this classic Tour de France top.

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Wild flowers of Purple Hairbells and herbs Of Thyme and Oregano.

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Admiring the view all the way back, a spectacular day on two wheels.

 

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