The view from my hotel window in Megeve revealed another stunning day.
There were hot air balloons flying in perfect conditions.
Getting underway from the Hotel seems to involve a lot of faff.
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.
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.
As I descended from the Col the views were fantastic. So I stopped to look at them.
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.
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.
Lunch interrupted the climb to the Cormet de Roselend.
The next 35km were downhill, punctuated by a 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!)
Tomorrow’s ride begins with the rest of the climb up to Col de L’Iseran.