Col de Tamie

Looking cool and in control on the Col de Tamie

Date: 8th July 2023
Ride No. 70
Grade: 5/10
Location: Albertville

Segment ID:16794385
My Time: 0:48:15





Still some gas left in the tank

After the Col du Granier, I still had an urge to climb more, even though it was a bit late in the day.

Near to my campsite was the Col de Tamie. The climb is a 5/10, just under 10Km with an average of just under 6%. Just right.

The climb starts just outside the Commercial Centre of Albertville, so it was easy to find and park.


I can always stop 🙂

I have had some hot days already, but today was on another level.

The car temperature read 41C and outside it felt even hotter.

Is it a wise to go climbing I thought?

I did a similar thing last year in the Pyrenees and regretted it, but I still thought I would give it a go.

This is in line with my typical thinking. “Try it and if there is a problem, then stop” (but I never do).

Not the wisest thing, but I had my new 950ml water bottles.


Full fat SPF50

The start of the Col de Tamie climb was a straight road at 4%. There was no shade and a headwind of the same temperature.

After 2Km it was hot.

I veered towards any shade I could find and even went aero on a Brompton trying to keep my head from the sun.

My arms now looked like I had covered them in milk as freshly applied SPF50 sweated out of my pores.

The climb itself was mostly 7% with some 10% bumps to remind your legs that you are climbing, but the heat made it a tough slog.

I moaned to myself a few times, saying this was a bad idea, but I told myself to shut up and get on with it.

At the summit was a closed auberge, which was a shame, as this mad dog of an Englishman would have given him a fair trade.


Mercury rising

As I looked around for the essential summit post I laughed.

Mercury is 7Km away; it felt like it.

Last Saturday was the closest I had been to hyperthermia while climbing Semnoz this Saturday it was my closest to heat stroke.

I shall not ride in such a temperature again (well, maybe).