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Plan B- A Sunny Sunday with 25 pics

The weather forecast for Sunday 24th May was showing the highest temperatures this year, with 32 degrees C!! I planned a mega 600+km ride taking in several 2000m+ cols, which the Zumo forecast would take circa 8 hours.

We set off at 08.33am, I know this because I had wanted to leave at 08.30am, and we were already late! We took the motorway to Annecy, then got lost in town, as per usual ,trying to find the way through to Albertville.

Passing alongside the lake at Annecy there were loads of yachts on the lake, plus lots of cyclists, runners, and skaters, taking advantage of the early 22 degree heat.

Had to take this shot as the trees make such an amazing foreground for the church behind.

From Albertville onto Moutiers and Bourg Saint Maurice where we would start the first climb of the day, the Col de Iseran, except we found this sign which spoilt the whole plan.

The problem was we needed to cross the Iseran to even start my circular route, so instead we decided to go and see the dam at TIGNES. Why is this interesting you ask? Well, because there is an enormous painting of a giant on the dam wall.

Looking over dam to the lake behind it.

Heres the view of the village on the far side of the dam.

Looking back down the valley

Back down to Bourg Saint Maurice and the start of Plan B. Up the Cormelet de Roseland to a great restaurant overlooking an aqua blue lake.

Here are some ascent pics

Every man and his dog takes this shot, I have one on my old Blackbird so forced Sue to take one of me on the GT.

Still snow up here! Check out the foreground of this shot.

Great lake, check the dam at the far end.

Restaurant only opens 1st May to 1st Nov.each year. Three course meal was only €18.

GT Convert in person

Sue, the long suffering wife!

After eating we went back for this shot which I missed on the way up.

The temperature hit 34 degrees C mid afternoon, and we took a less twisty route home and ended the day having ridden 413kms and
around 7 1/2 hours in the saddle. Not too bad! Lets hope the passes open soon so I can do a "real ride"
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old May 24th, 2009, 11:58 am
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Wow! Thanks for sharing!
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Where are you living in France? I have spent quite a few weeks touring the areas you mentioned.
Beautiful country and scenery...You sound American as your English is very Yankee style...

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I live in France just over the border from Geneva, Switzerland and used to work there for 7 years. Not sure about the American connection though, I'm from the Midlands in the UK. Perhaps I've adopted a writing style with an American slant without realising?

Glad you enjoyed the pics, and as you've riddden over here you'll know what a bikers paradise it is. I am truly lucky to live here and experience such riding pleasures so close by.


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"truly lucky" is an understatement! Great shots!

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I can't even imagine.... fantastic!

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Wow fabby piccies and great scenery
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old May 28th, 2009, 10:08 am
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The chaps and chapesses on the Euro K bikes forum have been so taken by GT Convert's photos that they are trying to organise a K bike trip from the UK to GTC's territory at the end of August using his local knowledge to 'scoot' around to see some of his real mountains and passes which are sadly lacking on this island. Any Euro based forum readers here may wish to join in and meet up down there.
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Thanks for taking the time to write it up and post it with the pictures!

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