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As the SportActive team edged closer to Nice conquering one col at a time, one of the great challenges of the tour presented itself in the form of col de la Bonette. At 2802m and hors category gradients it is quite a ride!

Here we can see John, a relatively new cyclist discussing his Geneva Nice experience and looking forward to taking on the challenge.

 

 

Here are some pictures of the team in the mountains.

bonette-cols-geneva-niceA gorgeous day in the mountains!

 

Geneva-Nice-2019-French-AlpsRiding Bonette the highest through road in Europe!

 

 

col-de-la-bonette-tour-de-franceThe col de la Bonette is 2802m above sea level!

 

bonette-st-martin-geneva-niceConquer cols and take selfies!

 

Riding the highest through road in Europe is a great achievement. Especially if it is for the first time!

 

 

It is also a great feeling if you have ridden it better than you had in a previous year.

 

To learn more about Geneva to Nice simply follow the link: La Route des Grandes Alpes

Submitted on: 17/06/2019

After yesterday’s snowstorm the team were feeling confident and ready to take on more French Alps challenges. You can see Yvonne discuss it here;

 

Today, features two climbs including a Tour de France legend;

  • Col d'Izoard (2360 m) 20 km, average gradient: 5.7%, height gain 1141 m.
  • Col de Vars (2108 m) 19.4 km, average gradient: 5.7%, height gain 1111 m

Here you can see the team preparing for the big climb.

col-d-izoard-tour-de-franceCol d'Izoard (2360 m) 20 km, average gradient: 5.7%, height gain 1141 m.

sportactive-cycling-france-geneva-nice-colsThe team looking relaxed before taking on Col d'Izoard

seamus-geneva-nice-izoardSeamus taking on Izoard for the fifth time!

 It is always good to reach the top of a Geneva to Nice col. A relaxed Ivan discusses his and the team’s great achievement.

 Submitted on: 15/06/2019

Day 2 of Geneva to Nice started in good spirits. Here you can see Brian talk about one of his favourite climbs, Galibier.

 

The schedule included:

  • Col du Télégraphe, (1566 m), 12 km, average gradient 7%, height gain 851 metres
  • Col du Galibier (2646 m) 18.1 km, average gradient 6.9%, elevation gain: 1245 m
  • Col du Lautaret (2058 m) As the team were so high they took on Lautaret from above, passing through towards Briançon

As the day unfolded, however, the team were greeted with a snowstorm. Here are some snapshots of our team who coped with it admirably.

geneva-nice-Télégraphe-GalibierConquering a Tour de France col is even more satisfying in a snowstorm!

geneva-nice-french-alps-cyclingGeneva to Nice 2019 keeps you smiling even if the weather is not the best!

summit-GalibierA great achievement!

 

New York’s Tony not only conquered Galibier and the snowstorm he gave an interview as well! What a legend!

Geneva to Nice is always full of surprises and this year is no exception.

Submitted: 14/6/2019

Our team has looked forward to it all year and it has finally begun, Geneva to Nice kicked-off on the 9th June 2019 with the snowy peak of Mont Blanc in the backdrop.
Today the team rode the first of two Alpine passes,

  • Col des Aravis (1486 m) 1st category. Average gradient: 5.7% ; maximum gradient : 8.6%. Distance 21.3 km ; height gain 756 m.
  • Col de la Madeleine (1993 m) hors catégorie 25,3 km, average gradient 6,2 % ; height gain. : 1585 m

In addition they rode Les lacets de Montvernier: Not officially a col but the climb features 17 tightly packed hairpin bends that came at them thick and fast! 3.4 km, average gradient 7.3%, elevation gain: 505 m

Here is an interview with Stephen on Madeleine,

 

Here are some snapshots of the summit of Madeleine;

geneva-nice-vars-madeleine Summit of Madeleine, a great achievement to reach

 

You have to get a selfie at the top of any Tour de France colGeneva to Nice is one of the best tours you can ride

Geneva-nice-route-grande-alpesCamaraderie forms on Geneva to Nice

As you can see the weather conditions were not ideal but the team did well to reach the summit of both cols.

One of the great thins about Geneva to Nice is that even if the weather is not the best it is still an amazing challenge featuring Tour de France climbs and thrilling descents. Let’s not forget the views which have to be savoured to be believed.

 Submitted: 13/06/2019

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About SportActive

We've made it our mission to make your experience of cycling in Mallorca one of the most incredible of your life

Every member of the cycle training team at SportActive is a passionate and accomplished cyclist in their own right, not to mention an expert in cycle training. Indeed, it was after taking part in numerous races across Europe, America and Australia that Flora and I eventually decided to set up SportActive in order to offer a new approach to training for cyclists. Having experienced the very best that cycling clubs had to offer, we wanted to make these experiences accessible to everybody, which eventually led us to found SportActive - a unique cycling break company, committed to help cyclists at all levels improve their skills and have fun doing so.

 

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