The 62nd Tour de Romandie started today. Romandie (Romandy) is the French region of Switzerland so the entire Tour is near me. Eric, Katy and I went to watch the prologue on the lake front of downtown Geneva.
Yes, the Dauphinée will climb Le Salève up the super steep route from Collonge-Sous-Salève just behind my house.
It is rated category one but features 4 kilometres averaging 12% – with a full kilometre averaging 13%. This is steep!
There is a Grande Randonnée (GR) hiking route along the top of La Vuache and someone had recently asked me if it was do-able by bike.
Today – with Eric and Jason – the idea was to find out.
I spend a lot of time searching for climbs.
But it’s worth remembering how much fun relaxed, social rides can be with friends.
We almost had enough for a peleton today as Eric joined Martin, Barry, and I for the first time . Being Flemish, not surprisingly he’s a very good cyclist.
I have always avoided any sort of formal cycling training. I just have little desire to do the sort of regimented sessions that I read about in training books.
Luckily, around Geneva the hilly roads are perfect for interval training.
While Barry told me about his Christmas holidays, I nodded and grunted and tried not to let him know I was approaching my Maximum heart rate.