The weather forecast for today was supposed to be the nicest of the whole weekend, so we decided to do the “big ride” on the first day. It didn’t disappoint !
From Chavornay we rode all the way to the “Lit au Roi”, a beautiful little lake on the side of the Via Rhona, a bike path that actually takes you from Geneva to the Mediterranean sea ! We passed through the picturesque village of Chanaz, climbed up the other side towards the Lac du Bourget, and headed for the Abbaye de Hautecombe, an abbey which is almost 1000 years old ! We started to get a little rain, so it was safe to head back for the major difficulty of the day : Le Grand Colombier.
We climbed the Grand Colombier from Culoz, which is the most scenic route up out of the possible four. The lacets du Grand Colombier keep on amazing me, what an amazing route and what an amazing view on the Rhone valley and the Lac du Bourget, simply amazing. Once we reached above 1000m elevation, it started to be very cold and windy. Probably close to zero degree ! Once everybody got to the top, it was a very quick descent. We could barely feel our feet and hands, the weather was poor but the road was dry.
Once in the Valromey, we warmed up a little but felt it was time to head home to our villa, where a nice sauna would provide heat and comfort !
On the menu tonight, we prepared for starters some sweet potato toasts with avocado and onion. For mains we cooked some beetroot gnocchis, with spinach and sardines. For dessert it was a chia pudding with a mango coulis. Miam !
STATS : 97km / +1800m