My girlfriend on the giant - David Robertson - 10/10/2011
Col de la Croix de Fer, Barrage du Verney story submitted on 10/10/2011
Climbed this one in September 2011 on a warm 30C day. We found it to be pretty tough and it felt very long however the scenery in the second half especially made it all worthwhile. We had done Alpe d''Huez earlier in the day so perhaps we were a bit tired but I am very surprised it is onloy a 3 star - I reckon it is harder than Ventoux for example (and I have done that from both sides). A great climb.
Crêt de Chatillon, Annecy story submitted on 10/10/2011
Harder than you realise at the beginning this climb. The first several km through the forest are steady and pleasant enough however the second half tests you and the last few km after the end of the forest seem to take a long time passing. Not as scenic as some though. Disappointed there was no col sign at the summit but great views to Mt Blanc. A tight rough descent for the first few km becomes more open and smoother. Great fun.
Col de la Forclaz, Menthon Saint Bernard story submitted on 10/10/2011
Harder than you think because the sting is all in the latter stages. Only short but the last few km are leg burners. Great view at the top if a bit crowded.