With the La Marmotte 2015 route changed due a collapsed tunnel we took out guests on the Lacets du Montvernier.
The Lacets are are probably the most talked about addition to the 2015 Tour de France route (stage 18). Finished in 1934 after six years of construction, the Lacets de Montvernier are an astounding feat of engineering linking the little village of Montvernier, high above on a plateau, with the main road below.
Lacets means hairpins or shoes laces in French and there are 17 of these hairpins in the first 2.5km of the climb cut into the side of the mountain. They are stacked so tightly on top of one another it is very difficult to get a good photo of them except perhaps from a helicopter. Each hairpin is approximately 150 long and the road is narrow with very sharp hairpins.
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