Riding in the French Alps
July 8th, 2014 by Fraser
After racing in Spain at the Zarautz Triathlon I was fortunate enough to be able to join in with Triathlon Performance Solutions summer training camp. Having been involved in their winter camp at Playatis back in February I was looking forward to meeting some new faces amongst some amazing cycling terrain around Briancon, in the French Alps.
Given we were in such historic cycling territory the bulk of the week we had in the area was to be spent riding our bikes. During the 7 days I rode only 5 times becasue I needed a day off after each two day block of Alpine monsters!!
We tackled, amongst others such famous climbs as the Cols d’Izoard, Galibier and Agnel – the latter topping out at nearly 2750m and represnting one of the very highest paved roads in Europe. – The picture above shows the height of the snow walls towards the top of that climb.
The very top of the climb was in fact the Italian-Franco border. It was only 6C up there and thankfully the camp had the luxury of a support vehicle trailing our rides so that we could pack fresh warm kit for the descent back down because you got quite cold. It made a huge difference.
I really found the scenery quite amazing out there and had to stop a few times on most rides to make sure I got some snaps. We were also very lucky with the weather also which in this part of the world makes a huge difference.
Big thanks to Nick Saunders for organising and running the week – he did a great job showing us the rides and routes due to his great knowledge of the Briancon region. I’d love to go back for a longer stint (as long as the weather was kind!)