South Alps Touring – 8 Great ClimbsBy Will • Jul 29th, 2006 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Doreen, Favorites, Touring
What a trip. Our most ambitious cycling vacation ever. Our first visit to the Southern French Alps. Eight big climbs in 8 days. Every one a legendary Tour de France route. Hard work but really fun. it was a dream of mine to climb Bonette (the highest road in Europe) and Izoard (scene of so many epic Tour de France days. Luckily Doreen was supportive and allowed me to indulge a little). And she biked 5 days and climbed Izoard and the equally amazing Galibier.
I knew Bonette and Izoard would be awe inspiring but what a nice surprise that Col d’Allos and Col de la Cayolle (both also ridden by Doreen) turned out to be as spectacular as anything we have ever ridden.
The trip was a great way to minimize the heatwave as the start of 7 climbs and all three hotels were above 1,000 metres – seven also ended above 2,000 metres. In fact the only exception was Alpe d’Huez – and what a ride that is! We are currently being extremely lazy at home and lamenting the death of our terrace plants.
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The Climbs (with links to Blog Entries):