French Alps Trip – July 7th to 13th
Wow, what can I say?
The French Alps were stunning and more than made up for a flat with no power for five nights, a broken Vauxhall Astra in Reims on the way down (and a 780 euro repair bill) and a 1275 euro hire car bill (which I should be able to claim back from my breakdown insurance provider)
I could detail each day, but unless you were there “Hemlock Hill”, “Snake Pit”, “Bruce’s Drop” would mean nothing. Even quoting proper place names would be pointless….
So click on some of these links to get an idea of where we were riding
Bruce’s photos, click to view slideshow
My photo’s, click to view slideshow
Bike (All week) – Trek Superfly Al Elite
Ride – #109 Day / Area – Sat – St Gervais / Megeve
Miles – 13.3 Total 2012 miles – 2223.2
Ride – #110 Day / Area – Sun – Rochebrune
Miles – 29.9 Total 2012 miles – 2253.1
Ride – #111 Day / Area – Mon – Combloux / Lac Passey
Miles – 24.3 Total 2012 miles – 2277.4
Ride – #112 Day / Area – Tue – Les Contamines
Miles – 27.3 Total 2012 miles – 2304.7
Ride – #113 Day / Area – Wed – Rochebrune / Col de Very
Miles – 36.0 Total 2012 miles – 2340.7
Ride – #114 Day / Area – Sat – St Gervais / Megeve
Miles – 16.4 Total 2012 miles – 2357.1
P.S. Just a quick word of advice. After building a bike, and certainly before you take it somewhere like the Alps, take it for a test ride…. finding you’ve got the front and rear brake levers the wrong way round is best not found out half way down the side of a mountain…. I still have the bruising to prove it!
P.P.S. I’m not much into my road riding, but having been to see the Tour de France, I’d say it’s worth going to see even if you’re not into cycling! (Somehow us sneaking into the team bus area was an added highlight!)