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  • Day 1 and a steady, but wet, climb to the Italian border at the Col de Petit Saint Bernard. Not so petit at 2,188m width:640;;height:480
  • Day 3 (no photos from Day 2's wet climb to Les Arcs) and a lovely climb from Bourg St Maurice to.... width:640;;height:480
  • ... the Cormet de Roselend  at 1,968m, accompanied by Ken who was on holiday from the states. width:640;;height:480
  • A short descent for a coffee stop by the beautiful Lac de Roselend width:640;;height:480
  • The Roselend is part of the Route des Grandes Alps and is popular with motorcyclists. width:640;;height:480
  • On the Barrage de Roselend with the snow covered Mont Blanc in the background width:640;;height:480
  • French Hydro-eloectric installations date back to the 1920s. The Barraage de Roselend was completed in 1961 width:640;;height:480
  • A short sharp climb followed to the Col du Pre before a long and fast descent to the Olympic town of Albertville to catch the train back width:640;;height:480
  • Day 4 finds us in Bourg D'Oisans at the foot of the legendary Alpe D'Huez. It is a pity that the most famous climb starts at a bus stop by a rubbish bin width:640;;height:480
  • 21 hair-pin bends later and we are at the top of the Alpe. Our times may not match Pantini and Armstrong; Martin Sutton was quickest in 1:09:39 width:640;;height:480
  • Day 5 is another glorious day with the ascent of the Col de la Madeleine. The summit is way up by the crags width:640;;height:480
  • Nearing the top, the road can be seen zig-zagging ever higher width:640;;height:480
  • The height may be "only" 2,000m but this climb started way down at 500m giving some 1,500m vertical gain with gradients ranging from 1% to over 10% width:640;;height:480
  • Day 6 - looking down on one of the most famous ski resorts in the world - Val D'Isere width:640;;height:480
  • We were uplifted from Landry but still faced almost 1,000m vertical ascent to the Col de L'Iseran width:640;;height:480
  • The Lac du Chevril is another hydro-electric project, with the road over the barrage leading up to the resort of Tignes width:640;;height:480
  • Nearing the top, the resort of Val D'Isere and Lac du Chevril can be seen below snow-capped mountains. Val D'Isere is at 1,800m width:640;;height:480
  • Finally we reach the highest true pass in Europe - the mighty Col de L'Iseran at 2,770m. The Cime de la Bonnette & Oztal Glacial Road do go higher, but this is a stunning place to end a week in the Alps width:640;;height:480
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