Perhaps the hardest ride of my life.
Martin, Barry, and I (and Doreen!) stayed over in Morzine for the “La Morzine Vallée d’Aulps” (yes Aulps) Cyclosportive.
Barry – being the strongest rider of course did the shorter route – he actually has a training plan! Martin and I? We chose the longer route.
Over 140 kilometres with about 3,400 metres climb (+11,000 feet) in a heat wave. This is the first time I have ever done a ride with a real expectation beforehand of not finishing.
The route started by climbing the beautiful and challenging Col de la Joux Verte.
A long descent through the Vallée d’Aulps and then a climb into and through the scenic Vallée Verte culminating with the steepish Col des Arces.
A very small climb to Col de Terramont and then a long rolling ride to Samoens to climb the legendary Col de Joux Plane. Yikes!
Here’s a short video of the day:
A big congratulations to Martin on his ride today. He’s been training very hard for our July trip and it shows. He dropped me on the beginning of Joux Verte and beat me by a bunch. Well done!
Grade Charts for the two big climbs: