Jul 27, 2017
We had another amazing cycling experience today. Heading west from Annecy (see a photo taken just a few hundred metres from our hotel), we encountered a fantastic gorge that led us down to the Rhone River at the town of Seyssel. The Tour de France went through this village a few weeks ago.
From there we rode the Grand Columbier, a brute of a climb that the Tour also did this year. Part way down the descent we stopped to admire the spectacular view (see a photo below I took from that spot).
We continued to the bottom and along the eastern rim of Lake Bourget, through Aix l’Bains and on to our finish for the day in Chambery. It was only 101.6 km with 1,169 metres of climbing, so we feel a little less tired than the previous two days. I’ve also included a photo Jane took yesterday of me reaching the top of the Col du Petit St Bernard at 2,200 metres elevation, on the Italian-French border.
Tomorrow we climb the Col du Madeleine.
Grand Columbier (Dave on the left, Peter on the right. We finished the day at the far end of the lake in the distance. The river you can see is the Rhone).
Col du Petit St Bernard (French-Italian border)