We met at 10am at the Chateau de Bossey where the participants would stay during the weekend, and started our first bike ride at 10.30. The weather was looking good for the day, but not great for the weekend, so I decided to lengthen our day a little and make the most of the sunny weather.
We started on the lake road by crossing Nyon, a small but ancient Roman town. We then headed towards the vineyards of La Côte with short but very steep climbs through Châtel, Mont-sur-Rolle and Féchy, before finally reaching Aubonne and up towards the plateau at the foot of the Jura. Only a few weeks earlier the Tour de Romandie passed on the same roads, so the camp participants were cycling on the same roads as the pros!
We stopped in Berolle at the auberge for a very nice lunch and before leaving I got stung by a wasp! No drama and we could carry on by starting our main difficulty of the day, the ascension of the Col du Marchairuz, reaching 1434m elevation above sea level. The ascent is a 9.6km segment with 700m elevation, and the gradient is very constant throughout. The weather was getting very warm, and I got a really nice cyclist’s tan on my legs!
We then headed on the “route des montagnes” following the usual cross country skiing route, and crossing many Alpine chalets, but the cows were not there yet. The views were breathtaking, and we were literally on our own. This is one of my favorite roads in Switzerland.
We then descended to back to the lake, following the slopes at the foot of the Jura, crossing picturesque and typical “Vaudois” villages.
All in all, 101km with 1850m elevation. A great day on the saddle to start our weekend!
We stretched on the garden of the Chateau and recovered nicely. We spent the evening in Nyon, sightseeing the old town and its castle, before eating to the oldest pizzeria in town, La Croix Verte to replenish our energy levels for the upcoming days.