ULYSSES CLUB FRANCE

Vieux motards que jamais

Over the weekend of 9 to 12 September 2016, we were pleased to be invited to participate in the 7th International Gathering of European Ulysses Clubs which was held in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland.
We received a fabulous welcome by our Swiss neighbors and were absolutely lucky with the weather, whilst there was rain over night on 2 occasions, it had cleared by morning providing dry sunny roads the next day.
Many nationalities were represented, in addition to a large group from the Swiss Club there was a large group for Germany, and riders from Great Britain, South Africa and of course a group of riders from the French Ulysses-Club.

After setting off at midday Friday from the Abondance valley, the Ulysses Club France group headed along the Rhône Valley to Brig and then over the impressive Furka Pass to reach Chur, and the climb up to the Parpan ski resort in the heart of Graubünden mountains.
We reached the meeting venue the Hotel Grishalodge at around 18.00.  After a cordial welcome from our hosts, we were issued room  keys, and invited to choose a riding group and provided route plans for the coming weekend.  Soon a good meal was waiting for us, and we shared a few beers afterwards.

Each morning we were asked to assemble in the hotel car park and ensure we joined up with all the other members of our riding group.

On Saturday after a hearty breakfast buffet, we got ready and then headed off behind our respective group leaders on a loop of about 280 km passing via the beautiful Landquart valley, and famous Davos, over the Wolfgangpass, to the very classy St Moritz, before heading on to Zernez, and the Julierpass with all the groups finally meeting up at a mountain top Inn-restaurant - Voa Tgantieni Hotel - which is a typical Swiss inn perched high in the mountains with stunning views.
The landscape was beautiful and the Swiss roads were in great condition, so our ride was a real pleasure thanks to our guides who did a perfect job.

After another excellent dinner, we were entertained by a rock group - Wow Wow, and a charity auction was organized for the benefit of a young skier Dario who was permanently injured during a ski race.

On Sunday morning, after a good night's sleep, we were again keen and ready for the second ride of the weekend, a 250 km circuit to the glacier source of the River Rhine and enjoy a picnic at the top of the Albulapass to 2315 m.

Whilst the organised weekend officially ended with farewells and a fabulous meal on Sunday night, the Ulysses-Club France riders had planned a scenic return route heading into Ticino and via the Simplon pass route towards Lake Maggiore in Italy where we found time for spaghetti in Centovali before heading via minor roads to the Domodossola pass to join the Simplon Pass route into the Brig Valley and finally ver the Morgins pass into France.  In the meantime some of the other Ulysses riders joined Swiss Club for a further rides in Northern Switzerland until Wednesday morning

To sum up - Fantastic memories and a firm promise to meet up again next year in June in the Saarland for the 8th European meeting which is being organised by Ulysses-Club Germany!

 

parpan
Parpan
Albula pass 2315m
Albula pass 2315m
Sankt Moritz
Sankt Moritz
Sankt Moritz Lac
Sankt Moritz Lac
Ulysses Club France
Ulysses Club France
Une bonne soirée
a good evening

 

 

 

Article in Le Messager of Thursday, July 14, 2016.

 samva ulysses

Balade vendredi

Carlina à la pointe de tréchauffex
35min 25.2km

https://www.google.fr/maps/dir/46.2854551,6.8133505/46.320462,6.6245289/@46.3042519,6.7041997,13.14z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=fr

au col du cou
44min 25.7km

https://www.google.fr/maps/dir/Route+des+Chalets,+74200+La+Forclaz/46.2946733,6.5094198/@46.3029602,6.5669532,13.92z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m10!1m1!1s0x478c18839358dd27:0xa69ae3dd830f74b4!2m2!1d6.6243438!2d46.3206356!3m4!1m2!1d6.5920093!2d46.3189807!3s0x478c180d0e356c69:0x47a77ce8fdaa1ae7!1m0!3e0?hl=fr

au col des arces, col des moises, thonon, plan fayet, le Carlina
1h22min 60km

https://www.google.fr/maps/dir/46.2946733,6.5094198/46.2854652,6.8134543/@46.3092304,6.6290766,12.46z/data=!4m24!4m23!1m20!3m4!1m2!1d6.4927153!2d46.2691433!3s0x478c16c0e690fe5f:0xc37e0e2379c41785!3m4!1m2!1d6.4676739!2d46.2776013!3s0x478c1421ea151fa9:0x923a70d493ce20d3!3m4!1m2!1d6.545389!2d46.3540786!3s0x478c3d0e1408e1f5:0x4cc731c01dbb5e02!3m4!1m2!1d6.6050217!2d46.348296!3s0x478c22eb9291f8cf:0xdb32464dcafabde2!1m0!3e0?hl=fr

 

Saturday - Blue Ribbon Group Ride

Must HAVE ID or Passports & CREDIT CARD for TOLLS.

Outward to Bourg St Maurice via Italy
215 km 3.45 total riding

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/Bourg-Saint-Maurice,+France/@45.8666549,7.167625,15z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3m4!1m2!1d7.2531438!2d45.8061921!3s0x478925dd0b5493cb:0x4c78040ca6ce6c24!1m5!1m1!1s0x4789663482257639:0x408ab2ae4bab6b0!2m2!1d6.769548!2d45.618598!3e0

Return from St Maurice via Megeve
168 km 3.45 total riding

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Bourg-Saint-Maurice,+France/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/@45.7516109,6.6048929,11z/data=!4m29!4m28!1m20!1m1!1s0x4789663482257639:0x408ab2ae4bab6b0!2m2!1d6.769548!2d45.618598!3m4!1m2!1d6.680748!2d45.6900774!3s0x478960b8fe084db5:0x3ef7738adc079396!3m4!1m2!1d6.5287576!2d45.7961348!3s0x478be41cf61723a1:0x6dc4498db169ed2a!3m4!1m2!1d6.585581!2d46.0874821!3s0x478c06981ac165c1:0x8af4dbf43a25abb3!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3e0

 

Saturday - Green & Yellow Ribbon Group Rides

Outward, Pont Diable (Devils Bridge Gorge), via La Chapelle d'Abondance - Vieux Moulin Deer Sanctuary, Vacheresse Church and Roman Road (Voie Romaine), & Col du Forclaz
35km 1.20 hour

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/Les+Gorges+du+Pont+du+Diable,+Le+Jotty,+74200+Vernaz+(La),+France/@46.3131665,6.6646555,13z/data=!4m49!4m48!1m40!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3m4!1m2!1d6.8043131!2d46.2930374!3s0x478ea1b82cd7a18b:0x888842049d8c723f!3m4!1m2!1d6.7878281!2d46.297835!3s0x478ea036fc3fcf99:0x95bf8da4972291e0!3m4!1m2!1d6.6737283!2d46.3249331!3s0x478c21fceebad1a9:0x442c68cfe2f733e1!3m4!1m2!1d6.670098!2d46.3271275!3s0x478c21fbffda6dad:0x40ca226561e02d4c!3m4!1m2!1d6.6536762!2d46.329112!3s0x478c220f5e82adfb:0x64f53545b9c60c4!3m4!1m2!1d6.6299579!2d46.3293592!3s0x478c227a21763cc5:0x3b55df06eb8c9783!3m4!1m2!1d6.6100702!2d46.3142437!3s0x478c186497ffaff9:0x6c005a1bec175a35!1m5!1m1!1s0x478c18f59d7e016f:0x5bf0d5298235a5b4!2m2!1d6.6157503!2d46.3044404!3e0

Return, Pont Diable (Devils Bridge Gorge), Le Biot, Vinzier, La Chapelle d'Abondance via Bar Thomas
50km 1 hour

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Les+Gorges+du+Pont+du+Diable,+Le+Jotty,+74200+Vernaz+(La),+France/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/@46.3550752,6.6760461,12z/data=!4m24!4m23!1m15!1m1!1s0x478c18f59d7e016f:0x5bf0d5298235a5b4!2m2!1d6.6157503!2d46.3044404!3m4!1m2!1d6.5537619!2d46.3539202!3s0x478c3d168d4512ab:0x24d3b324fe4478e!3m4!1m2!1d6.6021206!2d46.3688122!3s0x478c2326a3d624a9:0x52cca49285251bc4!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3e0

Saturday - Red & Black Ribbon Group Rides

Outward, Fion, Forclaz, Pont Diable, Yvoire (Lunch)
72 km 1.5 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/46.3673509,6.3208422/@46.3512082,6.3358492,14z/data=!4m34!4m33!1m30!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3m4!1m2!1d6.6181386!2d46.328226!3s0x478c227e46b8c841:0x555e03b21ba9efcd!3m4!1m2!1d6.613599!2d46.306399!3s0x478c18600ffb0401:0xf9df4b5671b677ad!3m4!1m2!1d6.5003666!2d46.3022262!3s0x478c165d57d0dcbf:0xad2306316db101a9!3m4!1m2!1d6.4129036!2d46.3038482!3s0x478c15188ce2dd63:0x23bb834c60075b28!3m4!1m2!1d6.3527652!2d46.3440247!3s0x478c402b6e9ea839:0x7f80d0669061a2d0!1m0!3e0

Return, Yvoire (lunch) Thonon Plage - Chateau Ripaille - Bernex - Vinzier - Abondance
65 km  1.5 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/46.3673509,6.3208422/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/@46.3480676,6.7165057,12z/data=!4m29!4m28!1m20!3m4!1m2!1d6.4633174!2d46.3696337!3s0x478c3e591a9e660d:0x89b745886e1d5cc7!3m4!1m2!1d6.48832!2d46.3869045!3s0x478c3e99a37e6617:0x8c5a8b6aec20f027!3m4!1m2!1d6.5769518!2d46.3698305!3s0x478c3cd6b95e67ab:0x90ec8000f1a8c74f!3m4!1m2!1d6.644884!2d46.371194!3s0x478c23b0a1dd0c91:0x5df2b447a7984937!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3e0

Sunday - Blue Ribbon Group Ride

Outward, Le Praz de Lys - Mountain Barbeque, via Col de Corbier, Sixt Fer a Cheval, Cascade de Roget
115 km 2.30 hour

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/Sixt-Fer-%C3%A0-Cheval,+France/Cascade+du+Rouget,+Sixt-Fer-%C3%A0-Cheval,+France/46.1605087,6.5520684/@46.2740949,6.6381629,15z/data=!4m21!4m20!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!1m5!1m1!1s0x478eab85dfeb731d:0x80528f1bcfa510b2!2m2!1d6.776114!2d46.054719!1m5!1m1!1s0x478eab85e0977b85:0xe9dbc80b7e887cdd!2m2!1d6.7718375!2d46.0271243!1m0!3e0

Return, Le Praz de Lys/Sommand, Via Vailly, La Vernaz, La Chapelle d'Abondance
65 km 1.40 hour

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/46.1605087,6.5520684/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/@46.2854441,6.7344165,13z/data=!4m29!4m28!1m20!3m4!1m2!1d6.5032097!2d46.2140639!3s0x478c1054d1d89523:0xf24c75493a719470!3m4!1m2!1d6.6309689!2d46.3354038!3s0x478c2264c9b06beb:0x2d3cdaa64a5bf7db!3m4!1m2!1d6.6705792!2d46.2959089!3s0x478c1f3a57cc55ed:0x2b9d2f0981fc8045!3m4!1m2!1d6.6784571!2d46.2932796!3s0x478c1f3d38069d9d:0xa714a5bcd1f2ef3d!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3e0

 

Sunday - Green Yellow Ribbon Group Ride

Outward, Le Praz de Lys - Mountain Barbeque, via Bioge, La Vernaz, Vailly, Megevette, Sommand
65 km 1.30 hour

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/Chemin+Rural+des+Mouill%C3%A9s+%C3%80+la+Ramaz,+74440+Mieussy,+France/@46.234931,6.5048258,11z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3m4!1m2!1d6.501946!2d46.2116739!3s0x478c1054cd5b9855:0x6c8ad67ec7f6b6fa!1m5!1m1!1s0x478c05470f7c25f3:0x14c88214a1cad60a!2m2!1d6.556529!2d46.1618!3e0

Return, Le Praz de Lys/Sommand, Via Col de l'Encrenaz, Col de Corbier, La Chapelle d'Abondance
65 km 1.40 hour

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/46.1605087,6.5520684/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/@46.1421175,6.5967207,15z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!3m4!1m2!1d6.6703207!2d46.2963289!3s0x478c1f3a57cc55ed:0x2b9d2f0981fc8045!3m4!1m2!1d6.6776061!2d46.2932383!3s0x478c1f3d38069d9d:0xa714a5bcd1f2ef3d!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3e0

 

Sunday - Red & Black Ribbon Group Rides

Outward, Le Praz de Lys - Mountain Barbeque, via Bioge, La Vernaz, Vailly, Megevette, Sommand
81 km 2 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/Chemin+Rural+des+Mouill%C3%A9s+%C3%80+la+Ramaz,+74440+Mieussy,+France/@46.3084034,6.5580743,13z/data=!4m29!4m28!1m20!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3m4!1m2!1d6.4416777!2d46.220366!3s0x478c13cb5bbc451d:0x17d2a663156f8962!3m4!1m2!1d6.4672857!2d46.1971141!3s0x478c11ed0d150215:0xe938782e64e11a95!3m4!1m2!1d6.4778316!2d46.1702502!3s0x478c0e24cb0af063:0xfc5b7914e811a35b!1m5!1m1!1s0x478c05470f7c25f3:0x14c88214a1cad60a!2m2!1d6.556529!2d46.1618!3e0

Return, Le Praz de Lys/Sommand, Via Les Gets, Morzine, Lac Montriond, Col du Corbier
85 km  2 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/46.1605087,6.5520684/La+ville+du+Nant,+74360+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/@46.2662518,6.6998616,13z/data=!4m29!4m28!1m20!3m4!1m2!1d6.6579274!2d46.1513409!3s0x478c0322cf405b51:0x460a348337a1618b!3m4!1m2!1d6.7130316!2d46.1838955!3s0x478c1d67e547ae47:0x1805f1d6d1dc21c7!3m4!1m2!1d6.6703207!2d46.2963289!3s0x478c1f3a57cc55ed:0x2b9d2f0981fc8045!3m4!1m2!1d6.6776061!2d46.2932383!3s0x478c1f3d38069d9d:0xa714a5bcd1f2ef3d!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3e0

Monday - Blue Ribbon Group Ride

Outward to Lac Hongrin via Bex & Villars
85 km 2 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/Lac+de+l'Hongrin,+Switzerland/@46.2967071,6.9305496,11z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3m4!1m2!1d7.0689145!2d46.279065!3s0x478ebfca01507dd7:0xfed6252a7cf587a6!1m5!1m1!1s0x478e9187a0bb39f7:0x1048b65f5deb5c6d!2m2!1d7.0492369!2d46.4257199!3e0

Return via Aigle Tunnel
80 km 2.15 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Lac+de+l'Hongrin,+Switzerland/La+ville+du+Nant,+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/@46.2285804,6.9246231,15z/data=!4m34!4m33!1m25!1m1!1s0x478e9187a0bb39f7:0x1048b65f5deb5c6d!2m2!1d7.0492369!2d46.4257199!3m4!1m2!1d6.9983865!2d46.3996024!3s0x478e90de77be5ad7:0xfb4dfea5331643f5!3m4!1m2!1d6.9089288!2d46.3020939!3s0x478ea2a20a2e57bd:0xe60d34619a3c4636!3m4!1m2!1d6.939094!2d46.2346851!3s0x478ebca0f80c0893:0x3db5ee4d7e9aa6b3!3m4!1m2!1d6.9085746!2d46.2285761!3s0x478ea4a93107ef47:0x7221bee09468b841!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3e0

 

Monday - Green & Yellow Ribbon Group Rides

Outward to Col de La Croix (Lunch) via Bex
50km 1.25 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/Col+de+la+Croix,+1884+Ollon,+Switzerland/@46.2879911,7.0533112,13z/data=!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3m4!1m2!1d7.01912!2d46.2503554!3s0x478ebe9a55cf52ff:0x51c73c5a7c6c5695!1m5!1m1!1s0x478eead1ecf70fe3:0xbab3dc55a461c2f8!2m2!1d7.1267131!2d46.324309!3e0

Return via Aigle
65 km 1.30 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Col+de+la+Croix,+1884+Ollon,+Switzerland/La+ville+du+Nant,+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/@46.2441967,6.853584,14z/data=!4m29!4m28!1m20!1m1!1s0x478eead1ecf70fe3:0xbab3dc55a461c2f8!2m2!1d7.1267131!2d46.324309!3m4!1m2!1d7.0125825!2d46.3275239!3s0x478e96698709843f:0x7cfd19e330128cd3!3m4!1m2!1d6.9158094!2d46.2876381!3s0x478ea2c7f066ae83:0xec0f4b5519469f75!3m4!1m2!1d6.9459406!2d46.2550535!3s0x478ebce85f4c34ef:0x7f7bf5ca193f0a87!1m5!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3e0

 

Monday - Red & Black Ribbon Group Rides

Outward to Etroubles (Italy), via Switzerland & old St Bernards Pass
108km 2 hours

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/La+ville+du+Nant,+La+Chapelle-d'Abondance,+France/Restaurant+Grill+Du+Beau+Sejour,+SS+Gran+San+Bernardo+3,+11014+%C3%89troubles+Aosta+Valley/@45.8287627,7.1734781,15z/data=!4m39!4m38!1m30!1m1!1s0x478ea1bc9aa8a4b1:0xa08ab2d87742330!2m2!1d6.813274!2d46.285038!3m4!1m2!1d6.9757585!2d46.2479061!3s0x478ebc42dbdc747f:0x3c886b3bbfa3d868!3m4!1m2!1d7.0056163!2d46.2286392!3s0x478ebeaa0f06e993:0x56f5356f927b5671!3m4!1m2!1d7.027828!2d46.1792662!3s0x478eb9a8bb3b3e2f:0x6c63158a797f39c6!3m4!1m2!1d7.0739063!2d46.0954079!3s0x478ec9daae9771fd:0x99e3a3f5fe145552!3m4!1m2!1d7.1536808!2d45.8678227!3s0x4789304e30db4189:0x8034ce10cdbaff62!1m5!1m1!1s0x47892585aa3d3d87:0xb8d8e6e2c1bce1a8!2m2!1d7.229776!2d45.819311!3e0

Return from Italy via Joe Bar Team Vernaz and Val d'Illez
110km 2 hours 10 minutes

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