Monday, 24 July 2017

Le col du Grand-Saint-Bernard

Today's lesson learnt is: never underestimate Alps ;-)

Warmed up by yesterday's Brevet and having already bike packed in the car I decided to continue discovering of unknown passes yet.

After quick packing consisting of two bottles of water and one banana and followed by small breakfast I was ready for new adventure.

I always wanted to cycle up to St. Bernard's col as I was crossing this pass several times by car going to Italy. By car it seems to be very small mountain so I thought it will be perfect loop for bit tired legs.

I don't remember when last time I was so wrong...

The Saint Bernard is a beautiful pass connecting Switzerland and Italy however it's not so flat as I thought. It's about 25km of climbing to reach to finally reach 2473m altitude. 


Adding very strong face wind was just enough to slow me down completely. At some point I thought I won't make it. 


Slowly but surely feeding my mind with astonishing views I reached the highest point of the pass. 


Quick bite in Italy and I was ready to descend 25km down. This was brilliant, almost no pedaling and just laying on the bike and enjoying the speed on hairpins surrounded by rocks. 

Enjoy the views!












 T.
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