Col de Saisies, Flumet, via Crest Voland story submitted on 9/22/2009
A first cat climb that is a great warm up to some of the HC climbs in the area, a pretty climb out of Le Cluzac. I climbed the Col Du Aravis prior to that, but you could come up the Col du Colombiere. The Saisies rises steadily under the trees to give some shade early on, as it opens out you have lovely views across the valley and town. There is about 1km of downhill before the last 3km kicks up, so you can get your breath back before attacking the last part. A lovely climb.
Col de lAravis, Flumet story submitted on 9/22/2009
A deceiving climb because it rises steadily from Bonneville before dropping down again before the climb really starts. Very picturesque, I had perfect blue skies and stunning views of pastures, villages and snowcapped mountains. With cow bells ringing in your ears. Reminded me of watching Heidi when I was young! The climb is nice and steady, this is a cat 1 climb, not a cat 2 as stated above. Technical descent down to Le Cluzac where you can then climb the Col du Columbiere or Col du Aravis.
Pico Ariero, Funchal story submitted on 7/19/2010
Started in Funchal and headed up via Monte. Unbelievably steep and congested but once you get past Monte, the road becomes tree lined, the traffic dies and the views are stunning (its still steep) from there you turn left up through the botnanical gardens and head up through the cloud and it becomes a truly wonderous climb. Close to the top there are three cattle grids which you will have to walk over otherwise risk ruining your rims, not such an issue going up, but remember to look out for them coming down, lightening fast descent! 1hr 50 getting up, 30mins coming down. Very memorable, but very difficult.