Tuesday, June 30, 2009

July 16th - Stage 1 - Col de Romme and Col de la Colombière

The first stage of my own little Tour de France is going to be a tough one. The distance is quite short, but we will be fighting jet lag and a 17% grade along with mid-afternoon heat. If there were time to come back and do this ride later in the week, I would.

If all goes well at GVA, we should be on the road by 1:00. It's a short drive to Bonneville where we'll start our first ride. You can click on the images below for a larger view.

To really appreciate this climb though, you have to check out a more detailed view of the first 5 miles of the Col de Romme. I've done a lot of steep climbs, and I've never seen a sustained 17% grade. I'm not really sure how that's going to work.

Distance: 43.5 mi
Ascent: 4,813 ft

Check out the links below for more info on the ride:
Google Maps
Google Earth
Garmin Course (tcx)

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