Been wondering what all the hype around Alpine holidays is all about. Never booked one as I always felt the bike wasn't up to the job (steep head angle, wrong wheels, clipless pedals etc etc).
Shouldn't have listened.
Friends have a chalet in Grimentz and so I took my bike along when invited for a few days. Bloody brilliant ! Did a 1500m descent yesterday from the top of one of those pointy mountain things. Had to practically sit on the rear wheel at points due to steepness, wondered frequently when my brakes would run out, and genuinely tested my bike for possibly the first time.
I now really get the point of slack head angles, large brake rotors, flat pedals and long travel. I am hooked. Levels of technicality greater then I have ever ridden and for 1/2 an hour at a time. A lot more pure fear than usual also but what a sense of achievement. The bike may not have been the most appropriate but what a blast.
Now to finish my Liteville build.....