Riding “La Route des Grandes Alpes” or Geneva to Nice is one of cycling’s greatest adventures, and it is one ride you must make before you die.
Over six days you will ride eleven alpine passes, cover 550 kms, and experience Tour de France climbs over Tour de France cols. You will ride the French Alps.
The French Alps is a spectacular mountain range. It offers spectacular beauty mixed with crisp clean mountain air. As you ride you will uncover villages and towns that you probably were not aware of until they appeared in the distance. You will get a glimpse at mountain life.
Moreover, as you ride taking in your surroundings all you will hear is the chainring purring as you weave your way down into valleys, and climb to the summit of the most famous cols in cycling. The wind and the sun combining to give you a feeling you can get on no other place on earth.
The challenge of the Route des Grandes Alpes cannot be overstated. It has everything you need to test your limits and it will test every aspect of your cycling. It will test your pacing, your fitness, your mindset, your riding technique. It will teach you a lot about how good a cyclist you are, and show what you are capable of as a rider. It will give you a greater appreciation of professional rider capabilities and achievements.
The cols themselves offer some of the greatest challenges in the sport. 10%+ gradients, hairpin bends, and long and winding descents, that stretches through passages of countryside and rocky terrain. They simply have to be ridden to be appreciated. At its highest point the views stretch to the horizon giving you a perspective few others will ever see.
The French Alps is not just a spectacular mountain range. Its history is interwoven with cycling with famous cols such as Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Col du Télégraphe, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Madeleine are regularly used in the Tour de France.
When you ride the same roads ridden by the greats of the sport, in many ways you are almost taking a pilgrimage as you follow in the footsteps of the greatest cyclists ever to have ridden a bike. This is your chance not just to ride the historical cols of legend, but add to your own personal history. To become more than just another road cyclists weaving down a country lane, but to say you’re a rider of note as you have ridden La Routes des Grandes Alpes.
Submitted on: 28/01/17