Cycling the Route des Grandes Alpes
While many rested their sore legs in the hotel, Ralph and I went to watch the Tour de France at the top of Col du Galibier.
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)!
La Marmotte (along with l’Etape du Tour) are probably the most famous and two of the most challenging Cyclosportives in France.
I’ll be riding it this Saturday: 174 kilometres and +5,000 metres of ascent (+17,000 feet). Three epic, beautiful, and legendary climbs with the easiest being Alpe d’Huez (seriously).
Day five’s challenge will be the biggest vertical ascent climb in France.
Day Four of the Tour d’Enfer will see the Tour de France go by us. This preview suggests a few ways to watch.
As the last big mountain day, this stage could decide the entire race.
Col du Galibier via Col du Telegraphe is the biggest climb in France in terms of altitude gain. I can get to the base of Telegraphe from home in an hour forty-five – as it starts right next to an autoroute – sweet.
71.5 kms Today was the hardest ride of the year and probably my life. On…