Raid Alpine – Day 2

The view from my hotel window in Megeve revealed another stunning day.

Beautiful morning

Beautiful morning

There were hot air balloons flying in perfect conditions.

A more relaxing way to travel than cycling...

A more relaxing way to travel than cycling…

Getting underway from the Hotel seems to involve a lot of faff.

Morning faff at Megeve

Morning faff at Megeve

It was uphill from the Hotel, then down through Megeve before heading up the D218B on the Category 1 climb to Col Des Saises.

These Alpine climbs go on forever.

After 20km of climbing from Megeve it's not great to be told that there is still 7km to go!

After 20km of climbing from Megeve it’s not great to be told that there is still 7km to go!

It was already hot and I found the climb quite strenuous.

But eventually the Col appeared. Not that picturesque due to the ski resort infrastructure. I was very pleased to have got there nonetheless.

First Col of the day, Col des Saisies 1633m

First Col of the day, Col des Saisies 1650m

As I descended from the Col the views were fantastic. So I stopped to look at them.

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Wonderful views on the descent from Col des Saisies

Wonderful views on the descent from Col des Saisies

After coffee and cake in the village of Roselend it was time to begin the next climb up to the Cormet de Roselend on the D902.

On the Cormet de Roselend climb – very long!

On the Cormet de Roselend climb – very long!

This one really did go on for a very long time, about 90 minutes of uphill, on average 7%. But some bits are flatter and some are a lot steeper. Exhausting in the heat. The 90 minutes got me to Col de Meraillet and the stunning view down to Lac de Roselend.

Lac de Roselend.

Lac de Roselend.

Lunch interrupted the climb to the Cormet de Roselend.

Cormet de Roselend.

Cormet de Roselend.

The next 35km were downhill, punctuated by a cafe stop at Bourg St Maurice.

Cafe stop at Bourg St Maurice

Cafe stop at Bourg St Maurice

All that remained were 23km of uphill to Val D’Isere. This was a long, hard climb at the end of the day. There were some avalanche tunnels to go through and one proper dark tunnel.

The Hotel was a welcome sight with shower, food and bed awaiting (and maybe a beer or two!)

Hotel Les Seracs, La Reculaz

Hotel Les Seracs, La Reculaz

Lac du Chevil - the view from the Hotel

Lac du Chevil – the view from the Hotel

Tomorrow’s ride begins with the rest of the climb up to Col de L’Iseran.

The route

The route

The elevation profile

The elevation profile

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2 thoughts on “Raid Alpine – Day 2

  1. williamwg4

    Fond memories ! About 10 years back before I caught the road cycling bug, I was in that region on business visiting a client in Ugine, a small town south east of Megeve. Having arrived in the late evening from Lyon, we were completely oblivious to the scenery around us. Driving to Geneva, we took the D909 and stopped on the Col de Aravis as we were completely dumb-founded by the drive that looked perfectly flat on a map! Little did I know at the time it’s been climbed 39 times in the TDF. I’ve wanted to visit that region again (as a cyclist) ever since.

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