Tag Archives: Route des Grandes Alpes

The Haute Route

Fans of ultra-tough gran fondo/cyclosportif events have just been given a dream come true. The French promoter OC ThirdPole has announced a new event called La Haute Route and is the multi-stage ...

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The Void

A few of the usual suspects: (l-r) Joel, Adam, Eric, Rob, Gary and Padraig Since returning from Nice and wrestling with jetlag I’ve been inputting each of the rides I did on my Alpen odyssey with ...

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The Vision

The lower reaches of the Col de la Cayolle wind through a canyon carved by river. When I left home my mind contained a vision. In it I was fit. I was ready. I was unencumbered by obstacles. I’d ...

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The Grand Loop

The climb up the Col d’Allos was largely forested. When I was last in the Maritime Alps, roughly ten years ago, I did a ride that has remained on my list of all-time greats. That loop, ...

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Remote

High on the shoulder of the Galibier I’m currently staying in the village of St. Veran. It lies at the highest elevation of any French community that is occupied year-round. We’re in the Queyras, ...

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Discoveries

Our protagonist, trying not to look cold. When I do European tours, I ride them for a few different reasons. First and foremost is my desire to see a place that is not les Etats Unis. Second is ...

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An Ideal Day

Climbing the lower slopes of the Col de la Colombiere. The descent off of the south side of the Col de Saisies is a terrific drop with switchbacks and gentle chicanes. However, for those looking ...

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Great Beginnings

Today we did a little tune-up ride, leaving our hotel in Ferney-Voltaire (the birthplace of Honoré Voltaire) and riding by numerous embassies down to Lac Leman and the world’s most famous ...

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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 ...

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