Thursday, June 13, 2013

Oisans - Col De La Croix De Fer - Glandon - Day 5 (GBF13)

Last day riding from Bourg. Looking like it's going to be a hot day.

Today backtracking our previous decent from Croix de Fer on D526. Glad not to have the pack any more -- a steady good 10..12% climb. The lower wooded part felt good with the shade, later sun exposed getting burned on... then better at higher elevation but still heavy sun exposure.

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Some company by other riders, mostly leaving them behind passing up on them.
The pseudo "sky" rider we would see a few more times later. From Croix de Fer descending now on D926 all the way into Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Looking for lunch, but only one place we disliked due to non suitable seating space outside. Hot either way all the way done at 500m. Heading on further D906, D1006 now towards [add: fast near flat/slight descent moving, some team of about 8 riders coming up the road in opposite direction, looking good.] Saint-Avre and finding the entry to Col de Glandon on D927.


As we skipped lunch so fart and did not found anything, just a quick snack and water refill as we entered the climb to Col de Glandon and decided to take any opportunity about 1/2 way en route to Col de Glandon. Some where around 1100m near Saint-Colomban-des-Villards Ben found and stopped at a restaurant. Little refreshments before making it to the top:


Then backtracking on D526 again and retuning to Bourg.

Back at the car. Final walk around town looking for a little souvenir... Then driving to Annecy-le-Vieux for further exploration of some TdF climbs and roads.
Checking in at a hotel in Annecy -- while some heavy thunder downpour just eased up. Evening cool down from the past heat wave!

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