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Day 17: Au Revoir France, Ciao Italie!!

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On the Road – Distance: 82km I 51miles I Elevation: 1134m I 3720ft We headed out of our little hamlet towards Col Agnel – it is a long gradual climb but the descent was worth every minute of pain. This is probably the longest descent in Europe! It is again beautiful mountain scenery –quiet villages, […]

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Day 15: La Grave….Rest Day

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Sep 6 As we all ‘lick our wounds’ so to speak after 4 really tough ride days, I would be remiss if I did not put one last shot of fabled Alpe d’Huez…. The village of La Grave has settled its stone and slate houses on a sunny slope in the heart of the Massif […]

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Day 14: No Turning Back Now!

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On the Road –  Alpe d’Huez: Distance – 128km I 80miles I 3689m I 12,103ft This was by far the toughest ride day of the trip so far….we climbed almost 5 Cols: Col de Cornillon, Col d’Ornon,  Alpe d’Huez and 1/2 of Col de Lautaret!… over 12,000ft of climbing. Last night though was fun staying […]

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Day 13: Transition to the Alps

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On the Road – Distance: 111km I 69miles I Elevation: 2179km I 7149ft Heading north up through the foothills of the Alps we rode into the Drȏme region. The mountains loomed all around us as we aimed for Chichilianne, a tiny French town nestled in a valley between the Vercors and Écrins National Parks. The […]