I just returned from an excellent trip riding the French Alps. We stayed at a chalet in Meribel, which had great views and is centrally located, but necessitated driving down the valley to get to most of the rides. Day trips included Meribel to Courchevel and return, Col de Madeleine, Albertville to Annecy (flat day), col du Telegraphe and col du Glabier, Col de L’iseran, Alpe d’Huez & col de Sarenne, and col du Glandon, col de la Croix du Fer and col du Mollard. Great riding, outstanding food and good friends.
It’s quite fun to do a big climb and find a café with wonderful food. The restaurant at the top of col de Madeleine, for example, was outstanding. Col de Sarenne off the top of Alpe d’Huez was an unexpectedly gorgeous ride although the road was a bit bumpy. My favorite climb was col du Glandon starting from Saint Jean de Maurienne (via la Chambre), which has long valley views and fields of wild blueberries at the top. My favorite descents included col de L’Iseran and col du Mollard. L’Iseran because it is fast and flowey, and Mollard because there were few other vehicles. Total climbing for the week was about 39,000 feet.
BTW, I tried out some new wheels on this trip – Enve 3.4. This is my first time on all carbon wheels. They worked great on the descents – no braking issues – and they have exceptionally stable and precise wheelset.
Here are some pics....
Bombing down col de L'Iseran from 2700
View down from near to the top of col du Glandon
Near the top of col de Madeleine
Up Alpe d'Huez