Friday, September 16, 2011

Bourg Saint Maurice to Taninges -- Stage 2 of "Tour du Mont Blanc"

Next day, the sun is going up and it looks like one more perfect day to ride! Even with the elevation of about 800m the temperature was just fine at 8am. We started climbing out of the box.... to Cormet de Roselend (2). A very pictures valley and beautiful small road winding up it's way. Only a little touristic traffic occasional disturbing the silence and eventual tweets of birds. Definitively the most scenic ascent of the three days! Plus having Mont Blanc in sight again a few times :-)


Getting to the top of climb No. 1 for day 2. Eating one of two bananas he took all the way, checking out some food -- but mostly only very tempting looking sausages... not now.


A great and also scenic downhill passing along Lac Roseland and all the way down into Beaufort. From there a short "flat" road took us to the next climb No. 2 to Col Saisies (3-5). One more pretty good climb! Time for lunch.


And down hill fun again into Flumet (6).


Notice the over sized bike here (Flumet) -- we went under this overpass and started climbing right away again Col de Aravis (7) -- you can hardly miss the bike enthusiasm of this region! Every one was very nice and signs even say to give full 1.5m (5ft!!) room to cyclists -- how is that?


Descending into La Clusaz. And heading up again on a kind of hidden back road to Col de la Colombriere (8). One more coffee and snack before descending again.


From here down into Le Reposoir and up on a minor hidden totally traffic free road D119 (Romme) to find an exiting and twisty, steep and incredible long and fast descent into Cluses.
That was fun! Great finding, Beni!

We had initial intention to stay here over night, but were undecided about where to go in this small busy town and as we have been good in time decided to finish up the day with one more little pass over to the next town Taniges. Finishing again with over 4000m elevation gain and 6 climbs.

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