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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Cormet de Roselend through Col du Pré – My Biking Problem


Cormet de Roselend is among the extra stunning climbs within the Alps. However bear in mind, the very best route just isn’t through the principle Route des Grandes Alpes highway that climbs the north and south sides. As a substitute, take the third approach up through Col du Pré, just like the Critériun du Dauphiné will on June fifth.

Col du Pré is a difficult stunning climb with 26 hairpins and excessive mountain views in all instructions. And simply past the summit is among the nice views within the Alps down in direction of Lac de Roselend. And better of all? To get to Cormet de Roselend you should journey over the lac de Roselend dam! Rattling!

The climb to Col du Pré begins instantly in Beaufort. Nevertheless it’s after the village of Arêches the place all of the hairpins start.

Lac de Roselend remains to be not fairly full, so not fairly as stunning as in late summer time. However the views from Col du Pré are superb.

On the summit of Col du Pré is an excellent gravel highway that leads a lot excessive to La Passage de la Charmette. See this outdated submit for particulars of the south aspect of Cormet de Roselend after which this gravel journey with towering views of Lac de Roselend.

Unpaved highway to Passage de la Charmette – 2014

However again to the present journey: I had my drone and tried to take just a few completely different angles crossing the dam.

After the dam, the route rejoins the principle highway at Col du Mérailet (1605m) and runs alongside the sting of the lake.

La Chapelle de Roselend:

The highway then leaves the lake and heads increased.

There was nonetheless a good quantity of snow alongside the final couple of kilometres, however the highway is nicely cleared and high-quality for highway bikes.

Cormet is a neighborhood phrase for col. Above Arêches on the path to Col du Pré the highway splits and one can head to a different lake/dam:
Lac de St Guérin – See right here for journey particulars. And above that’s Cormet d’Arêches at 2100m. I imagine it’s nonetheless gravel above the lake, nevertheless it’s now absolutely paved on the far aspect. See right here for a journey concept that goes far above Col d’Arêches to a few cols, one which overlooks Lac de Roselend. And see right here for an outdated journey that reaches Cormet d’Arêches after visiting a bunch of excessive gravel cols.

Lastly, as proven on the maps beneath, I descended the principle Route des Grandes Alpes highway that goes on to Beaufort. However there may be some kind of development that prompted a detour that required some climbing. Nevertheless it’s a scenic, quiet hair-pinned route. Not a nasty detour though my legs have been drained.

What a terrific day. I can’t suggest this route sufficient. Woohoo!

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