Alpen - Southern France, September 2017
The weather was great and I enjoyed brillant roads, views and good food with my co-riders.
In total I did 3000 miles of which 1430 miles belonged to the 6 days of riding the Alps (yes, I have a long journey to/from the Alps). In total we climbed 41 miles.
With me on the ride were Beat and Marcellus so we were only a group of 3 due to two late cancellations. Before I went there I visited Kurt in Black Forest. I know him from the KTM forum. He rides his bike like I do and he wanted to show me some of his favorite roads in Black Forest.
This year we have changed all but one routes. So we got new gorgeous roads and views. And we got new views from the drone I carried with me.
I go cross Gernamy to the Black Forest to visit Kurt. At the same time there are some rain systems crossing the country. I got through it with just a little bit of rain.
It rains until noon. The Kurt shows me some nice roads
I proceed to Champery in Switzerland to the starting point of the tour.
We go to Aix-Les-Bains. We changed the tour the way that we go via Col de la Croisette and Col du Grand Colombier having Mont du Chat in the Evening with the sun in the back. It gives a gorgeous view over the lake Lac du Bourget
We go to Gresse-en-Vercors. We start in the morning with the overlook Le Revard. We have the sun in the back again and have a marvelous view to the lake.
The only day with an unchanged route. We go to Barcelonette and pass Lac de Serre-Ponçon. The lake glows blue in the sun as always.
We do a loop to Col du Turini and go over some high passes along the way
Colle dei Morti and Colle di Sampeyre are closed. So we change the route and go via Col du Vars and Col de Larche. We leave out Galibier and Telegraphe and go via Col de Sarenne and Col de la Confession instead. In the evening we have Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer. Very nice route. But in the very beginning we climb Col de la Bonette.
We discovered Mont Vernier and Col de Chaussy and proceed via Col de la Madeleine on the last years route to Col du Pré, Cormet du Roselend and Col du Petit St. Bernard.
I return home in one go. There are rain systems over Germany. I go 715 miles mainly on the Autobahn. But getting a Thuringian Bratwurst in Stadtilm is a must.