Sure, I’m nonetheless right here! My first journey not ranging from house for the reason that finish of the newest French lockdown. The route? Col de la Colombière “the arduous approach” through Romme.
These would be the function two climbs throughout stage eight of the 2021 Tour de France. See backside of submit for the stage profile.
The climb to Romme is steep! It begins as a bit cliff highway proper beside the autoroute. The second the highway turns up there may be this welcoming signal:
The native joke after all is “Tous les chemins mènent à Romme” (All roads result in Romme). 🙂
There are maybe 15 hairpins on this difficult, quiet 9 km climb.
Observe, it’s potential to go above Romme to 2000 metres (Tête de la Sallaz). But it surely requires a mountain bike. See right here for a map and outdated trip report.
Col de la Colombière has made many Tour appearances, however 2009 was the primary time it took this “third approach” through Romme.
From Romme (1300 metres), one can nearly see Col de la Colombière far within the distance:
The route descends Romme for a number of kilometres and joins the primary route (a part of the Route des Grandes Alpes) at Le Reposoir. Right here it’s 7 tougher kilometres uphill.
The ultimate 3 kilometres get steeper on a enjoyable near-cliff highway. No matter wind route ….. it’s all the time towards the wind. 🙂
I noticed fairly a number of cyclists:
Me, waving on the digicam!:
Lastly, because the map under reveals, I merely descended down the primary north facet again to the beginning.
This was arduous work however enjoyable. It’s been too lengthy between adventures. I hope everyone seems to be properly and getting vaccinated quickly. Doreen and I obtained our second doses final week!
For gravel followers: See this unbelievable route that climbs Colombière, briefly descends, traverses unpaved to the wonderful Col des Annes, then returns to Reposoir on tough again valley path. Very good.
Stage 8, upcoming 2021 Tour de France: