Riding in the French Alps


July 8th, 2014 by



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!)