November 16, 2007 - 5.0
Was looking back at some pics of the area and thought Id put a little more into Flumet.
First off all, the Col du Pre that I wrote about is on the map if you zoom right in on the south west side of Lac Roselend. Follow the map and youll see the switchbacks - absolutely wonderful if thats your bag.
Next, after a day (or 3 ) of blasting the Cormet du Roseland, theres a huge, remote, obscure mountain area to chill out in, with some outstanding single tracks and nobody, I mean, Nobody on them. Unlike the Val du Glace, all these roads are tarmac and mostly pretty good (as of Sept 06).
Its called Le Route des Montagnes and, although one can do that particular route, there are numerous offshoots to explore and many will take you back to the 2 main roads(N212 and D909). No cafes hear pal, so pack a lunch and make a morning or day of it. There are several pullout areas with good views and picnic tables.
Again, the whole area is on the map, just zoom right in just south of Flumet and you can follow it (west of N212) - LRdMontagnes does get listed as you get halfway to Ugine on the fatter white twisty road.
Basically youll find the way into the area about 2 miles south of Flumet on the N212 (right turn), about 2-3 miles west of La Giettaz on the D909 (turn left) and either side of Ugine on the N212 and N508.
Nothing is really signposted up here, so keep a sense of direction and just follow your nose - Its a wonderful ride through magic countryside.
Stupidly, I didnt take enough pictures, but was able to post one pic of the mountainsides. However, the area map at a lookout I took a pic of was too large to go on the website. Maybe David can post it here.
Anyway, for anyone not in a hurry, a relaxing, but pay attention day, is Le Route des Montagnes - brilliant stuff.
I had more enjoyable rides throughout this area. The D909 is really fine for about 15 miles going west from Flumet. After that, as enjoyable as the scenery and roads can be, its a case of mixing it up with 4 wheel, 6 wheel, 12 wheel vehicles all in a line - same for the N212 and N508. I find no enjoyment having few places to overtake 30 vehicles, only to find theres another 30 to get round the articulated lorry holding us all up - and when you do get by them all, streaking away into the sunset - a mile later, there are another 50 to get by.
For a biker, enjoyment will begin the moment you cross the bridge at Flumet - moving west - with pace.
Oh, I keep forgetting to add to my posts - do the speed limit through any and all cities, towns, villages, hamlets when in rural Europe, Scotland or Ireland = thats where the coppers nab you. Other than that, your right hand is usually free to rotate.