Tour de france climbs…….done any?
We did the TT route up Grenoble about ten years ago. About two thirds of the way up my HR had been at 190+ for about 30 minutes when I started losing colour from my vision and I thought I was about to die. I backed off at that point.
I was pretty fit at the time but still about two or three times slower than the pros that went up two days later…Posted 6 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
We did the TT route up Grenoble about ten years ago
I’ve done that Mountain TT route from Grenoble too. The only thing I remember about it was having a really nice banana spilt with loads of ice cream in a cafe at the top. 🙂
Done a couple of the ones around Luchon in the Pyrenees and around Morzine in the Alps. Never done any of the “big” ones like Alpe d’Huez or Galibier. One day…Posted 6 years agojamesoSubscriber
Riding Alpine cols on a nice road bike has to be one of the best riding experiences.Posted 6 years ago
We watched the Tour a couple of years ago from the top of the st bernard, after they passed through the gendarmes let all the bikes go first down a clear road back to the town, it was like the mega for roadies ) mental descent.Wibble89Member
I did a few between school and university, the three hardest consecutive days were probably:
Col du Soulor
Col du Tormalet
Col de Aspin
Col de peyresourde
Col de Mente
Col de Port d’Aspet (edit: this could have been 2 days, the pain is too much to be able to remember)
Col de la CorePosted 6 years ago
Port de lerswingnutsMember
Done Alpe d’Huez, Madeline, Telegraph, Laurent Galibier but most enjoyable was les Deux Alpes in 2001. Rode it just before the Tour went up. Wasn’t expecting the road to be open but when I saw some people going up I went back to the car and got the bike. Totally not expected to be able to do it. Was about the last rider the police let through. The crowds were fantastic and gave me special attention as I was wearing a yellow tee shirt ……… and baggies and a floppy sun hat. The Dutch were really partying. Think I got on Danish TV as I kept up with some minor celeb who was being filmed while riding up. He was obviously being helped/encouraged by the former pro Bo Hamburger who was doing the chatting to the celeb, camera van, crowd etc. Nice block with perfect English. Hardly breathing as he chatted while I gasped. Magic day apart from the descent after the stage was spoilt by the crowds walking down blocking the road.Posted 6 years ago
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