The 100 cols tour - Part II
The 100 cols tour is a 4000 km long cycling route through France and often called 'the toughest cycling tour in the world' (col is the French word for mountain pass). The route starts in the north, near Saverne. Then it runs, via as many hills and mountains as possible, to the Pyrenees. In the Pyrenees the route climbs many famous mountains before continuing, via the Mont Ventoux, through the French Alps. The end is again in Saverne.
The route is about 4070 km long and includes 66 000 altimeters. Although the route is called the 100 cols tour it contains 105 cols and 96 côtes, which are climbs that are not mountain passes.
In May we had already cycled more than 1000 km of the route (see 100 cols tour Part 1). We had started just before the Ballon d'Alsace. From there we cycled 300 km north before continuing south-west until about 400 km north of the Pyrenees. In Brioude we had taken the train back home. This time we still won't finish the entire route, but will just cycle as far as possible. If everything goes well we should end up near the col de Bonette, near Italy. Our luggage will be similar to our trip in May, except that we will carry even fewer clothes. It didn't take long to prepare everything.