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This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Cycling holiday cycling over some of the most famous Cols, which were climbed during the Tour de France over the years. Climbs like Col d' Izoard, Col d' Bonnet, Alp d' Huez, etc.
Summiting Col d' Izoard together with a friend after a tough day in the saddle, and another moment was coming to the top of the Col d' Bonnet (Last couple of hundred metres around 15%) with my Ipod on to keep me company, playing out Sam's Town from the killers just as I got to the top (The views, the other cyclists, the motorcycle, the lyrics, it was just a special moment).
I thought our group leader was awesome, as he was friendly, supporting, helpful, full of incite, and more important than anything else, a cycling enthusiast through and through.
If you are considering doing this trip, train, train, and train some more, plus get as light as froome (Sadly I wasn't, but still really enjoyed). A lot of preperation, training, and some grit at times is needed, but the potentials gains of experiences and memories from such a trip, well they will all be worth it (Plus you can watch the Tour, and say to your partner, oh look I cycled up there).
Thank you for some fond memories of a adventure that will last forever!
I chose to go on this holiday in celebration of my 60th Birthday and as a long time road cyclist and massive fan of the Tour de France, I was looking forward to it immensly. It exceeded my expectations in every way. The week was amazing and in terms of the organisation, travel, scenary and the ride itself I had a wonderful time. The rides are carefully planned to be long enough to be testing, yet not so long that they wear you out. It was never a problem getting up and riding 5 or 6 hours the next day. An excellent week!
The week was full of 'big moments' really, but if I have to highlight any then they would be the Col d'Izoard climb, the Col du Galibier, and then the Col de la Croix de Fer and Alpe d'Huez on the Saturday. A fantastic finale to a great week cycling, with superb climbs and weather which couldn't have been better.
Our group leader was Vincent who did a brilliant job. He organised our days brilliantly, knew the routes and climbs intimately, took photos and greatly added to the experience of the holiday. Thanks for all your help, Vincent.
The best advice I can give is to make sure that you have some 'hilly' miles under your belt before you go. The climbs are long and sustained and although the overall average gradient is not particularly high, there are a few fierce ramps along the way. I was riding a compact chain set with a 28 tooth cassette, which was fine, but couldn't help wondering if a 30 might have been slightly better. Other than that, my advice is to enjoy it. It's over all too soon!
Everything about the trip was spot on; good hotels, great food, spare time for a bit of sightseeing, shopping and an early bar! A superb holiday in every way!
Simply an experience of a life time! A very well organised trip from the transport and support through to the accommodation and the food which was superb. All you needed to concentrate on was the cycling and I doubt you will find better cycling anywhere on the globe!
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.
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.
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.
Just a big thanks for a truly excellent experience!
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