Col des cyclotouristes

Col des Cyclotouristes 1330 metres

Start Conflans round trip 16 miles.

Height gain 900metres approx

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A beautiful Autumn day, clear Blue skies above and fresh cool air. Leaves starting to fall with busy Squirrels high in the tree tops. A steep but constant gradient from Conflans a medieval walled town near to Albertville.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREThis hidden little peaceful gem full of galleries, cafes and quirky signs for every shop. It was like time gone by on a September afternoon like most of the French Alps.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREFarm traffic and a few walkers were the only company in this pretty wooden valley with pastures opening up to reveal views down the the Charteusse and beyond. With many flowers still in flower, fruit and vegetables  ripein every garden I wondered if this area had it’s own mini micro climate.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREWe soon arrived at the over grown Fort Mont, built around the same time as Fort Tamie another beautiful ride nearby. A quick respite, and ready for the promised col only 3kms on. The road became rutted, with loose gravel and steeper gradients. I wondered if this aptly named Col should be the ‘Cycling Tourists Col’ At last we peddled to the summit hidden in trees with a shaft of sunlight lighting the sign and foliage of ferns.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREA steep retreat and cold hands on the decent down but well worth this pretty little Col.

 

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