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Col du Chat and Lac du Bourget
Col du Chat and Lac du Bourget

Lac du Bourget is the largest and deepest lake entirely in France. It is surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains including Mont du Chat,....

Ten Great Cycling Routes in the Beautiful Vercors
Ten Great Cycling Routes in the Beautiful Vercors

I often call the Vercors the most under-rated cycling region in the Alps. The massif to the south-west of Grenoble doesn’t have the highest roads....

Grand Colombier and Col de la Biche Unpaved
Grand Colombier and Col de la Biche Unpaved

This is a challenging route that climbs up to Col de la Biche and then traverses to Grand Colombier primarily on gravel or trails. Starting....

Col de Sapey via Les Lacets de Montvernier
Col de Sapey via Les Lacets de Montvernier

A fun heat-wave ride. It’s a good route when the best hairpins of the day aren’t Les Lacets de Montvernier. The Maurienne Valley is filled....

Col de la Madeleine Unpaved
Col de la Madeleine Unpaved

A route planning tip: Sometimes I just look for a bunch of hairpins on a map: https://www.cycling-challenge.com/wp-content/uploads/87895252001_relive_1595923142635.mp4 My plan was to ride up to Col....

10 Great Climbs to Communication Towers
10 Great Climbs to Communication Towers

“Just for Fun” Communication towers are often at the top of great cycling climbs. It makes sense, as it’s helpful for them to be high....

Plateau de Retord
Plateau de Retord

Plateau de Retord is in the French Juras, in the same massif as Grand Colombier. It’s one of my favourite places for cross-country skiing in....

Col du Petit Saint Bernard – Snow walls!
Col du Petit Saint Bernard – Snow walls!

For various reasons, good and bad, I have only been cycling from home recently. But, Tim (a very good friend of mine) recently had a....

Enjoying Cycling in Lockdown
Enjoying Cycling in Lockdown

My cycling buddy I know there are far important things happening in the world than home-trainer cycling. I hope everyone is well and I wish....

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