Doussard to Annecy and backJuly 11, 2017 in France
Lake Annecy has a very good bike path right around it, so we decided to ride the 18km to Annecy to have a look. Tracey wanted to get a bike shop to service the rear hub on her bike, and Erik wanted to ride up into the mountains that run along next to the lake. After dropping the bike at a bike shop we all had lunch at a restaurant in the very picturesque town centre. The place was teeming with people. Fuelled up with fish and chips and beer/wine, Erik and Pat headed for the hills while Karen and Tracey stayed in town to have a haircut (Tracey), wait for the bike, shop, etc.
Erik and Pat headed back along the very busy bike path for a bit then headed up towards the Col de Leschaux at 900m, a 450m climb. It was a nice climb on a good quiet road, not too steep with grades around 5%. At Leschaux we could turn left to head back down to the lake. To the right was the road to Montee du Semnoz, another 800m of climbing in 13.5km. Erik said "We have to ride up a little bit". Of course once we started there was no stopping until we reached the top. The views down into the valleys and to the surrounding mountains were amazing. It was perfect weather for climbing.