Day Two of the 2015 European cycling tour saw the group tackle the col de la croix fry (12km @ 7.4%) and the col des Aravis, before heading home t our base in Annecy. The col de la croix fry is a slightly less travelled col that begins in the village of Thones and climbs for 12km at an average gradient of 7.4%. Like many European climbs the average gradient can be quite deceptive and the croix fry has long sections at 10%. The views however (especially near the top) are stunning and our group was lucky enough to have near perfect weather for the ride. The short descent from the croix fry brings you to a junction with the road to the col des Aravis, a right turn and four relatively easy kilometres of climbing delivers you to the col des Aravis and some of the best views of Mt Blanc on offer anywhere. Great to be riding on French soil on the 14th of July.
Our group has been simply amazing, supporting each other every pedal stroke of the way, bonding as they ride and sharing incredible experiences that will last a lifetime. For anyone looking to cycle the French Alps in the future I would highly recommend the beautiful lake Annecy as a base. It is simply stunning and great climbs are all around you, we will be sorry to say goodbye tomorrow morning.
Then it is off to Briancon to tackle some of the giants of the alps including the iconic col du Galibier. Stay tuned for more updates and fantastic photos.
Brian Bubba Cooke
Exercise Physiologist, coach & cycling tragic for 30 years. Love the freedom, reward and sense of achievement that one can only experience in our amazing sport.