Cormet de Roselend in the Snow

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Cormet de Roselend in the Snow

Postby davidof » Thu Oct 18, 2012 09:04 am

As we were talking about the Cormet de Roselend in Russel's excellent Ventoux diary I thought I would post a small vid and some photos from Tuesday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl1z8189ULg

This is coming out of Albertville as you enter the Beaufort valley

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The lac de Roselend above Beaufort

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approaching the col

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Cormet de Roselend

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I'm really annoyed. I couldn't find a good way down from BsM to Moutiers so followed the national which has cycle lanes. Well gravel and glass strewn mini hard shoulders. Got a blow out just after Aime on the badly maintained expansion joints on the bridge (Conti GP4000S). The ride on the cycle land through the tunnel was hell, with 40 ton trucks brushing past you. Then I was hemmed in by a truck and hit a pothole, blew the sidewall on the rear Conti and dinged my back wheel. So new tire and new back wheel. :evil:

If you are doing the same stretch either take the train or go via the villages on the sides of the valley although this adds 400-500 meters of vertical it would be worth it.

http://www.trainingloops.com/cormet-de- ... 0-2012.htm
http://www.strava.com/athletes/1078863

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Re: Cormet de Roselend in the Snow

Postby DavidCr » Sat Oct 20, 2012 21:41 pm

davidof wrote:I'm really annoyed. I couldn't find a good way down from BsM to Moutiers so followed the national which has cycle lanes.

There is a good cycle path that follows the river between Bourg and Aime. I haven't been on it for a few weeks but I suspect parts will be covered in leaves right now and will require caution
davidof wrote:Well gravel and glass strewn mini hard shoulders. Got a blow out just after Aime on the badly maintained expansion joints on the bridge (Conti GP4000S). The ride on the cycle land through the tunnel was hell, with 40 ton trucks brushing past you. Then I was hemmed in by a truck and hit a pothole, blew the sidewall on the rear Conti and dinged my back wheel. So new tire and new back wheel. :evil:

If you are doing the same stretch either take the train or go via the villages on the sides of the valley although this adds 400-500 meters of vertical it would be worth it.

I think you have been a bit unlucky there. That stretch of road is used regularly by cyclists, I don't find it too bad. The tunnel is well lit and does have a bike lane, IMO it is fine. I will admit that the lorries sound horrific and to be honest even a moped can sound terrifying in there, you do get used to it after a while.

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Re: Cormet de Roselend in the Snow

Postby alpsguy » Sun Oct 28, 2012 17:45 pm

Agreed you must have been unlucky. I cycle that main road a fair bit and have never found it that bad? One day I'll bother to try and find the cycle path although if it's going to be covered in wet leaves now maybe I'll wait.

I always figure as scary as it sounds having vehicles haring up behind you (Especially in the tunnels here) there ain't much you could do if they did hit you so just try and ignore it!

Also fair play for getting up there in the snow! Beautiful photos. It must have been 'bracing' at the top!?


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