Jérôme Clementz takes on a crossing of the classic mountains of the Tour de France his way – off road. Words Pauline Dieffenthaler Photography Jérémie Reuiller The Tour de France has many iconic mountain peaks that have a special place in its legends. Mountains where great heroes of road cycling did battle, where attacks were made, races won, and spirits crushed. But as every mountain biker knows, if there’s a road to the top, there’s probably a fun trail back down again. The idea had been in Jérôme’s head for years, inspired by every time he’s been back and forth through the Alps to attend events or races and every time he’s discovered more and more of the amazing spots scattered around the mountains. The Alps have always fascinated him, both the road riding culture of the Tour de France and the new mountain bike legacy of the Trans-Provence and the Megavalanche that use these mountains.