A group of regular customers from our Wheelbase Lake District store recently took a trip to the French Alps to ride some of the climbs made famous by the Tour de France.
Celebrating a 50th birthday, the group from Lancaster had 7 spectacular days of riding based around the Alpine town of Le Bourg d’Oisans. Best known as the town at the foot of Alpe d’Huez, the area surrounding Le Bourg is stacked with Tour de France caliber climbs including the Col de Glandon, Col d’Ornon and Col de la Croix de Fer.
The group managed to pack in an impressive amount of riding in the space of just a week and ticked off the majority of the area’s classic climbs. After arriving in Geneva, first on the agenda was an opening ride up the Col d’Ornon before taking on the famous 21 hairpin bends of Alpe d’Huez the following day. Kitted out in Wheelbase team jerseys, the group of lads from Lancaster attracted the attention of the locals and were mistaken for a pro team as they rolled out together from their accommodation. The riders were all supported from a team at Sportivebreaks.com who followed in a van with spares, food, clothing and offered motivational support when needed.
Sat 14 – Build bikes in Geneva, transfer to Bourg de Oisans and a local ride up Col d’Ornon.
Sun 15 – Alpe d’Huez (21 bends classic side ), Col de Sarenne.
Mon 16 – Ride to St Jean de Maurienne, Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer
Tue 17 – Ride to Guillestre including Col du Telegraph and Col du Galibier
Wed 18 – Ride to Sault (150km, 1800m climbing)
Thur 19 – Recovery ride around the base of Ventoux and surrounding area
Fri 20 – Final ride in Provence – Mont Ventoux 3 different ways
Sat 21 – Transfer to airport