Epilogue (Col de Larche)
Since it was scrapped from the list for the brevet and it looked like an easy climb, the Col de Larche was used as a recovery ride.
Officially, cyclists are not allowed between La Condamine and Meyronnes, but – as confirmed by the tourist office – this ban is basically neglected by everyone.
While the length of 23 kilometers from Jausiers may look impressive, the first 6 kilometers are near flat, up to the split with the Vars. But even the remaining 17 kilometers offer no more than 675 meters of elevation (4%) and only in the final 5, from Larche, the grade is a consistent 5%…
An excellent recovery ride, although the road was quite a bit busier with traffic than I would have liked and I arrived at the summit well within the hour.
But, I had seen both sides of this col when transferring back and forth to the Fauniera and I wanted to cycle the Italian section with the hairpins too.
Besides, the col is named Maddalena coming from the other end and that makes it even more irresistible 🙂
So, I descended the 6+ kilometers to Argentera from where I returned back to the summit after which we had a coffee break at the ‘Ristorante del Lago’.
Paula then bought some cheese and other stuff from a local farmer holding shop at the summit and after the fast descend to Jausiers, my Tour de France 2014 was officially over.
Trip: 62.8 kilometers / 1,072 meters elevation gain.