For all you Tour de France fans out there you’re probably disappointed to know the shaved leg crew won’t be spinning through Chamonix. They will however be within an hour or two’s ride from here. Check out these stages:
This 159km stage has two big climbs: the first from Martigny (547m) to Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard (2473m) Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard is an Hors Category 24.4km climb to 6.2%.
The second climb from Sarre (631m) to Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard (2188m) is a Category 1 22.6 km climb to 5.1%.
22 July – Bourg St Maurice > Le Grand Bornand (169.5km)
This is the Tour’s densest mountain stage with five passes that count toward the best-climber classification. The challenges will rise with the terrain and the relatively short distance promises a decisive struggle between the front-runners. The climb to Romme Pass, a Tour first, will make the ascent to Colombière Pass, which starts at Reposoir, even more gruelling.
Anyone who has ever ridden around Lac d’Annecy has dreamed of this stage. It remains to be seen whether this stage will play a significant role in determining the race or if the winner will have been determined in the previous mountain stages. Regardless, this stage is sure to be a huge lake party. Don’t miss it.