Tour de France 2021 – Other Areas (Part 1)

In my previous posts, I’ve discussed the climbs and passes starting in and close to our Tour de France 2021 base camp, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

While those may seem enough to keep a lousy climber like myself busy for the total duration of our 14-day stay, you should know better by now.

I never fail to disappoint when overestimating my “grinta” and planning more than I can handle.

Although, in the end, I usually do manage to get most of it done ūüėā

In the coming posts, I’ll cover (some of) the possibilities a bit further away, which may require a car transfer before getting on my bike.

Today’s post concentrates on the south-eastern end of the Maurienne valley.

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Tour de France 2021 – Near The Base Camp

As mentioned, we will stay in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne for my Tour de France 2021.

I’ve designated Brian√ßon and Barcelonnette as French cycling hotspots – like Corvara and Bormio in the Dolomites – but this capital of the Maurienne Valley in the Savoie is definitely one too.

There are a lot of cols within cycling distance and a lot more further away, where opting for a car transfer seems the way to go.

The mountains on the southern side are the Dauphiné Alps and the Cottian Alps.

On the northern side is the part of the Graian Alps known as the Vanoise.

In this post, I’ll list the cols and possible routes that are “around the corner” from our base camp.

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Tour de France 2021 – Base Camp

As mentioned in my previous post, we will stay in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, capital of the Maurienne Valley in the Savoie, for my Tour de France 2021.

It’s easily one of the French Alps cycling hotspots – like Corvara and Bormio in the Dolomites – and there are a lot of cols within cycling distance of our base camp.

The mountains on the southern side are the Dauphiné Alps and the Cottian Alps.

On the northern side is the part of the Graian Alps known as the Vanoise.

In this post, I’ll discuss the climbs that start at our doorstep.

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Tour de France 2021

So, thanks to the ongoing pandemic and subsequent “no fly” policy in the family, I get another cycling adventure this year.

As we will be going to France, I have obviously and as usual dubbed it “Tour de France 2021”.

While I do feel sorry for Paula’s not getting her well deserved sun vacation, I’m also excited at the prospect of having another go at the giants of the French Alps.

I was thinking (again) to plan for the Pyrenees, but I eventually couldn’t withstand the temptation of a remake of part one of my Tour de France 2014.

That was way too short – not the tour, just the first part – to tackle everything that’s in that area.

So for the Tour de France 2021, we’ve rented an apartment in Saint-Jean-de Maurienne, which is located at the base of the…

*Drum Roll*

Col de la Croix de Fer.

Anyone familiar with the Savoie area, will know that a bit further south, you’ll find Saint-Michel-de Maurienne, at the base of the T√©l√©graphe/Galibier.

Or the fork to Valmeinier, which I will definitely take on this time, unlike in 2014, when I did’t have the time.

North of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, La Chambre is (near) the starting point for the climbs up the East end of the Glandon and the west end of the Madeleine.

Not to mention that in between those two, the Lacets de Montvernier seems to be a “must” and that would also be a first for me.

I will leave discussing the various alternatives and climbs starting at our doorstep (Col du Mollard, La Toussiere, Les Sybelles – too many) for one of the next posts.

Obviously, I will try and plan a stage with the Iseran from Modane and revisit some of the cols between Albertville (Beaufort), Moutiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

Méribel and Courchevel would be new to me in that area, but La Plagne, Les Arcs and the majestic Roselend are not.

The latter I’d rather climb from Beaufort, which requires a (short) car transfer.

And yes, a Marmotte alternative is in the back of my head again too, so it’s very likely I’ll get my 10th Alpe d’Huez in the books ūüôā

More on this Tour de France 2021 later, so stay tuned!

Tour de France 2021

So, thanks to the ongoing pandemic and subsequent “no fly” policy in the family, I get another cycling adventure this year.

As we will be going to France, I have obviously and as usual dubbed it “Tour de France 2021”.

While I do feel sorry for Paula’s not getting her well deserved sun vacation, I’m also excited at the prospect of having another go at the giants of the French Alps.

I was thinking (again) to plan for the Pyrenees, but I eventually couldn’t withstand the temptation of a remake of part one of my Tour de France 2014.

That was way too short – not the tour, just the first part – to tackle everything that’s in that area.

So for the Tour de France 2021, we’ve rented an apartment in Saint-Jean-de Maurienne, which is located at the base of the…

*Drum Roll*

Col de la Croix de Fer.

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