Alpine Cols of the Tour de France
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There are too many to mention! Was it the giant Col du Galibier, the stunning ride in to the Col de Vars or the lunar landscape of the Col d'Izoard. Of course we can't forget the iconic Alpe d'Huez! Personally I enjoyed the Col d'Izoard for the combination of a great climb in spectacular, if slightly surreal, surroundings but each climb was unique in itself which was key to the enjoyment of the trip, no two days were the same.
What did you think of your group leader?
Vincent made the trip. Always well organised and there for support when needed. Knew a lot about the climbs, the surrounding area, local traditions, food and culture which added an extra dimension and interest to the trip outside the cycling. During the rides he was never too far away with the support vehicle carrying spares and refreshments which was reassuring.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This is not an 'easy' trip so a good level of fitness and bike proficiency (downhill as well as uphill) is recommended as the fitter you are the more enjoyable this trip will be. It should be remembered that this is not a race and pacing yourself for a higher average speed is better than busting yourself on the flat or on the Col to 'bonk' later in the day. It can be very warm during the day so plenty fluids during the ride and plenty more at the end of the day.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just a big thanks for a truly excellent experience!