Alpine Cols of the Tour de France

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The week was full of 'big moments' really, but if I have to highlight any then they would be the Col d'Izoard climb, the Col du Galibier, and then the Col de la Croix de Fer and Alpe d'Huez on the Saturday. A fantastic finale to a great week cycling, with superb climbs and weather which couldn't have been better.

What did you think of your group leader?

Our group leader was Vincent who did a brilliant job. He organised our days brilliantly, knew the routes and climbs intimately, took photos and greatly added to the experience of the holiday. Thanks for all your help, Vincent.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The best advice I can give is to make sure that you have some 'hilly' miles under your belt before you go. The climbs are long and sustained and although the overall average gradient is not particularly high, there are a few fierce ramps along the way. I was riding a compact chain set with a 28 tooth cassette, which was fine, but couldn't help wondering if a 30 might have been slightly better. Other than that, my advice is to enjoy it. It's over all too soon!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Everything about the trip was spot on; good hotels, great food, spare time for a bit of sightseeing, shopping and an early bar! A superb holiday in every way!