In cycling, the heat can quickly be an additional difficulty, that’s why, when leaving Crest-Voland, I take you in the coolness of a road in undergrowth, little frequented, until the small village of Cohennoz, perched above the Gorges of Arly.
This fresh descent continues until Ugine.
From there, a quick crossing in a more urbanized area to quickly find the mountain roads, direction the Col de l’Arpettaz!
Beware, here we go for 1000m of vertical drop over 16km with an average of 7%. Welcome to the road of 100 curves!
The sequence of hairpins makes the ascent easier and the landscape opens up little by little on the valley.
Here we are at the Col de l’Arpettaz at 1581m, we take a lot of eyes!
There, a refuge where the pause is essential!
Fresh drinks, traditional food and homemade desserts, enough to fill up greedy energy.
The refuge Auberge du Col de l’Arpettaz is open from early June to early October.
Once satiated, it is time for us to leave in the direction of Héry /s Ugine.
A balcony road with a view of the Mont Blanc range offers itself to us, with the colors of autumn, it’s just magical!
Back on the departmental roads, it’s time for the last ascent. Here we are again in Flumet: the loop is closed!
We still have the last 11 km with not less than 600m of difference in altitude to find our starting point: the Col des Aravis.
The atmosphere of the autumn colors at the end of the day lulls us and almost makes us forget that our legs are seriously starting to drag!
Finally, here we are! We deserved our cold beer under the benevolent glance of the Mont-Blanc at the Col des Aravis!