In the early 2000's, I was bitten by the Tour bug, spectacular scenery and famous climbs such as l’Alpe d'Huez and Col du Galibier. I boxed my bike for trips to France three summers in a row...
This year’s cycling trip in the French Alps was incredible. So many dear friends—new and old, so much laughter, so much riding, so much dining, cheese-eating, climbing… and “clem'ing.”
After helping me dismantle my last van in Chambery (my home base for the past three months), my friend Pierre Ludi, the Alps Angel who helped me outfit our vans with custom bike racks for our Tour de France trip, invited me to join a couple of the AG2R folks at his home in the mountains for a ride and lunch the next day.
Less that two weeks to go before we depart for France. Some have been training for 6 months. Others for just two. Yes, I'm cramming.