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 beside the Rhône river, I would climb the first few paved kilometres of the super-steep east side of Col de la Biche, but turned onto a gravel “road” more than 10 kms from its summit.
It’s a decent gravel road but at times very difficult with all the sliding little stones on such a steep climb. I loved the solitude. I guarantee you won’t see a soul on this stretch.
See here and here for details of the paved routes up Col de la Biche. See here for a post with video of the beautiful paved “Lacets” side of Grand Colombier which will be the mountain-top-finish in stage 15 of the 2020 Tour de France.
As I reached the top ridge of the massif, I wasn’t too far from Col de la Biche. But my route turned onto a terrible rocky track. I’d just passed a.... Continue Reading at Cycling Challenge