Alpe dHuez, Bourg dOisans story submitted on 10/11/2013
Climbed Alpe d''Huez in June this year (2013). Am 66 yo and 59 kg and have ridden approx 10,000k per year for the last 10 years. Did a lot of hill training in addition to normal rides, including 7 repeats of a local hill to get 20k of distance at approx 8% gradient. Took my own bike (Look 595)and did the Alpe on a 39x27 in a steady 1hr 20m (no stops). Had another go a few days later and used a 39x30 but still did the same time. Would thoroughly recommend the trip and rides around Bourg d''Oisans. Fantastic cycling country. Also did Galibier and Ventoux later in the week, all in blue skies - fantastic!
Col du Galibier, St Michel-de-Maurienne story submitted on 10/12/2013
Did Telegraphe and Galibier from St Michel de Maurianne in June this year (2013) as part of a trip that also included Alpe d''Huez and Ventoux. Am 66yo and 59kg and have ridden approx 10,000k per annum for the last ten years. Telegraphe and Galibier are certainly arduous in terms of length but Galibier gets a little more difficult after 2000m altitude when you wonder if the bends will ever stop. No apparent effect of altitude on breathing though. I was very lucky with blue skies, dry roads, summer kit with arm warmers and wife in the hire car with extra kit if needed (remember the Giro a month earlier?)although there was 3m of snow on each side of the road at the top of Galibier. The ferme (closed) signs were out at the base of the climb, so it was very quiet and peaceful with only one or two cars - divine!! I had been told that although closed you could ride to the closed tunnel doors at the top which is effectively the top anyway. Took my own bike (Look 595)and did the 35k in 2hr 45m with no stops on a 39x25/27 most of the time and occasionally 39x23. Epic ride, stunning scenery and strongly recommended as long as the weather isn''t like it was in the Giro!
Mont Ventoux, Bédoin story submitted on 10/12/2013
Did Ventoux in June 2013 as part of holiday that included Alpe d''Huez and Galibier. Am 66yo and 59 kg and have ridden approx 10,000k pa for last 10 years. Took my own bike (Look 595) and rode steady 2hr 5min on 39x30 for the first part in the forest and 30x25/27 after the chalet. Epic ride that should be on all riders itinerary if possible. The atmosphere is great with many riders there, and the last few k''s with the pro photographers out (great pics) was actualy easier after the steeper part through the forest although the wind was challenging on several of the bends and especially the last one. It''s an unrelenting climb and needs good fitness, and I felt was more difficult than Alpe d''Huez and Galibier which I had done a few days before.
Alpe dHuez, Bourg dOisans story submitted on 10/15/2013
Hi Climbbybike - my Alpe d''Huez picture I sent to you has been published sideways - can you rotate it to upright please? Many thanks Nick