The Route des Grandes Alpes
Beginning Sunday, I’ll be undertaking the most ambitious bicycle tour I’ve ever attempted. I’m joining Erickson Cycle Tours for the Route des Grandes Alpes. This famous tour was devised by the Touring Club de France the year after the Tourmalet was added to the Tour de France (1911, to be exact), back when all of these roads were as-yet unpaved.
In broad strokes, the route runs from Geneva to Nice. Along the way, it hugs the French border with Italy and takes in the highest cols in the French Alps. In just 14 days I will (theoretically, at least) ride 1000 miles and climb 100,000 vertical feet.
A typical day will involve words like Galibier, Iseran, Izoard, Cayolle or Bonette.
Such is my sense of fun that I’ve fantasized about riding this route for a good 10 years.
I’ll try to update as often as possible, and I’ve got a few equipment-related posts I’m hoping to finish up along the way, but I probably won’t be too prompt about responding to comments.
I’ll also do a post on the bike I’m riding, a rig perfect for traveling to the mountains.
Have fun out there,Padraig