While the big fancy Tour de France is taking in the sites of France a small group of real riders concentrate on the best and hardest bit, the Alpes. Les Dix Alpes is a 1100k ride over 10 mountains in 12 days from Lake Como, Italy to Nice, France. What Les Dix Alpes lacks in fancy team support cars, media coverage and dodgy blokes in their jocks running alongside the riders it makes up for in hard core time on the bike. Up to 8hrs each day in the saddle hitting the best peaks the Alpes has to offer. And at the end of the day the riders aren’t getting pampered by their masseurs or chefs, they’re pitching their tents and hitting the local pub for a few cold ones.
One of the Thrones Team riders took part in this year’s Les Dix Alpes – Andrew Humphris. He rode the Thrones King of the Alpes bike seat and gave it a good thrashing. We are pleased to announce that the seat has come out the other side of the alpes in good shape, apart from a few sweat stains and Andrew, a few kgs lighter, has survived.
Andrew rode Les Dix Alpes for a great cause – The Oncology Children’s Foundation and managed to raise much needed funds.
The real Tour de France took in the best and biggest climbs the alpes has to offer:
Simplon Pass – (2008 mtrs)
Col du St Bernard – (2469 mtrs)
Col du Petit St Bernard (2188 mtrs)
Col de l’Iseran (2770 mtrs)
Col du Telegraph (1588 mtrs)
Col du Galibier (2647 mtrs)
L’Alp d’ Huez (1860 mtrs)
Col du Lautaret (2058 mtrs)
Col d’ Izoard (2360 mtrs)
Col de Vars (2109 mtrs)
Col de la Bonnette (2802 mtrs- the highest road in Europe!)
Col de la Couillole (1678 mtrs)
See more about Andrew’s adventure at http://rideitoff.blogspot.com/
Some shots of the great adventure below. You’ll notice in a lot of them the air is so thin that Andrew had to hold his bike down as it started to float away.