Tomorrow will be leaving day, with all that entails (including a shortish ride), so I had today tagged for a last epic ride. And so it was: the weather played ball.
The only time I’ve ridden over col de l’Allimas, near Gresse-en-Vercors (east of Vercors eastern ridge), I thought it would be even nicer ridden south to north, with a steep ascent from St Michel-les-Portes, and a gradual descent. Well, the gradual descent got modified into my Col des Deux diversion, so the gradual descent will have to wait for another time.
And with two ascents of col de Menée in the route, 102 miles and about 8,500ft of climbing, certainly a day to remember. (You’ll find the Col des Deux diversion under its own post.)
A final observation: it was a day when much water was needed, and thankfully sources appeared at all the right moments to refill my bottles, or replace warm water with fresh – new ones discovered today at la Bâtie (near col de l’Allimas), on the D242 (see photo), at les Oches (Chichilliane), and near col de Menée. A big “thank you” to those whose thoughtfulness and maintenance keeps these wonderful Alps features running and refreshing weary travellers.