Even though I finished late this was always going to be a challenging route.
Heading west out of Andermatt at around 0900 I again went over the Furka pass but you've already seen that.
Next was Col de la Forclaz (1,526m) before crossing the border into France just after Le Chatelard.
Passing through Chamonix Mount Blanc, Albertville and then St Michel de Maurienne my next pass was the Col du Telegraphe (1,578m) followed by the Col du Galibier (2,645m).
Briancon was the next major town, I'd been here before when skiing in Italy and the foul weather had closed the slopes through lack of visibility (it is just over the border).
The ride to Guillestre was straightforward although I passed up the opportunity to spend the night here (probably a bad call).
Moving on (and losing a glove much to my dismay - lucky I carry two pairs) I went over the Col de Vars (2,111m) and then refuelled at Jausiers (I was almost on fumes by then!).
The next one was special. La Bonnette at 2,862m was the big one. The highest pass in Europe I understand. There was little traffic to contend with to my relief. The views were simply spectacular from the top of the alps but interstingly no snow to be seen.
On the way down I passed over the Col du Restefond (2,678m) and finally in the darkness the Col de la Couillole (1,678m).
It was a long but memorable day.Posted by Brett from Oz at September 29, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
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