2011 ride day one: Geneva to Crest-Voland
Had an amazing day today. We cycled from Geneva to a little village called Crest-Voland, not too far from Megeve. Detailed stats from my Garmin are on the right, but the basics are 130km covered, 2,500m of climbing, average speed of 22km/h. I’ll take that.
Our first climb of the day was the Col de la Colombiere. It’s a tough but really pretty climb with some stunning views. The descent is amazing too. We then headed up to Megeve – though not as severe it’s much less pretty so you tend not to have so many distractions from the pain!
We dropped down a bit from Megeve after a shower and then the sting in the tail – a 7km climb up to (and slightly beyond) Crest-Voland. What made it all worth it though was the picture-postcard chalet hotel we’re staying in and have actually got all to ourselves.
A great start to this year’s trip. Tomorrow’s a massive day – 170km up and over the Col du Telegraph and Col du Galibier, but I think we’re all pretty fired up for it. Great to be back in the mountains again.