Diversion: Col des Deux (1222m), D242

This should really go in both categories of cols over 1000m, and Diversions. I planned it as a diversion from the straight descent from col de l’Allimas and Gresse-en-Vercors northwards (I’ve only ever ascended that bit) – it is certainly a fabulous diversion, and has little ascent to the col before descending, when coming from Gresse.

However, it’s also a corker of a col (which you’d really be aware of) coming from the St Andéol/St Guillaume end, with a real sting in the tail.

Anyway, whichever way you do it, it’s a splendid diversion, running parallel to the eastern ridge of Vercors, with stunning views of its craggy and imposing face.

If you like road numbers, it’s the D242, and I cut through to St Guillaume on the D242a, as my legs were asking to go home by then. And I had enough photos.

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4 thoughts on “Diversion: Col des Deux (1222m), D242

  1. A couple of practical questions based on my own experience cycling solo in France with no backup (and very basic French): do you carry ID in the case of an accident and what is your frequency of punctures?

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    1. Yes, carry basic ICE, but will probably get some helmet stickers, as that’s always on me while riding.

      Re punctures… hmm, very rarely, probably about 3 in over 10,000 miles here. I always carry two inner tubes, and patches, just in case.

      If I were really stuck, I’ve got a couple of different people I could call, in extremis, who’d rescue me, eventually, if I were totally desperate. But generally French folk are really helpful, and though the population is sparse here, you’re never far away from habitation of some sort.

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