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 de la Madeleine via an unpaved hairpin-filled forest road north of La Chambre. This would lead to the high ridge above the standard Madeleine road – only joining the paved road at its last hairpin.
In the image below, my route is red (there is also a detailed map at the bottom of this post). The blue route shows the two paved ways up this south side of Col de la Madeleine.
The paved option on the left, via Montgellafrey, is scheduled to be in the 2020 Tour de France. It is the quieter, less famous option and it would be its TdF debut.
My climb begins on a little road just below the perched village of Les Chavannes du Milieu. It soon becomes a dirt forestry road. It’s a decent enough surface and has regular views of the mountai.... Continue Reading at Cycling Challenge