From Teak, based at the Aravis Lodge in St Jean de Sixt – Bike and Ski Weekender’s home base in the French Alps.
Invariably one of the first reactions I get when I tell cyclists that I live and ride in the Northern French Alps is “Blimey, I would love to ride there, but I am not fit enough”.
Whilst riding in the Alps is not for the cyclist just starting out, neither is it solely the preserve of the pros. Indeed we are very lucky in our corner of the Northern French Alps to have access to a huge variety of road cycling terrain, including climbs that even the most modest of weekend warriors will find very achievable, but at the same time they are no less rewarding for the sense of achievement and breathtaking views.
In no particular order, here are some of our favourite, crowd-pleasing introductory climbs, easily accessible from our home base in the Aravis mountains:
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The Tour de France 2018 will feature 3 stages in the Alps, all of which are accessible from the Bike Weekender home base, but stage 10 in particular will pass right by our door, which we are really excited about.
All 3 stages feature some real thrills and challenges – including the Col de la Colombière, Plateau des Glières, Col de Romme, Cormet de Roseland, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col de la Madeleine, the infamous Lacets de Montvernier and a very welcome return to the beast that Alpe d’Huez.
Check out the full tour route and see the stage profiles in 3D here…
The Tour de France route for 2017 is quite different from recent years – it features shorter, punchier climbs and less summit finishes.
It has also excluded many of the more iconic climbs we associate with the Tour, such as Mont Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez and the Col du Tourmalet.
We started to discuss which climbs we would include if we were to design our own Tour de France route. They didn’t have to be ones we had personally ridden, just whatever our dream Tour de France parcours would look like.
So we decided to compile our own Fantasy Tour de France Route, with our top 9 cols.
Here are some of our team’s dream routes below – what would your’s be?