This was my third time doing this well organized event. It’s an absolutely beautiful route, surrounded by Swiss mountains throughout.
Painful fun. 174 kilometres, 5000 metres ascent (+16000 feet), over 3 of the most famous climbs in France.
“Bosses” means bumps. And this course certainly had a lot of hills.
A very cool feature of the Tour de l’Ain is that for three of the stages they run same-day amateur cyclosportives on the exact same route as the pros.
This cyclosportive has become one of the most famous events on the European amateur cycling calendar. In part due to the beautiful surroundings, and in part due to the challenging course – including 5 passes above 2,000 metres.
Today, Barry, Martin, Fabian Cancellara and I rode the Gruyère Cycling Tour.
Year-to-date, I have cycled 91,377 metres (299,800 feet) of vertical ascent.
And despite way too much beer, I have lost some weight.
Along with “L’Etape du Tour” – it is probably the most famous – and one of the the most challenging – Cyclosportive in France.
174 kilometres (108 miles) and 5,000 metres vertical ascent (16,400 feet)!