Top Ride: Cycling the climb of Alpe d'Huez is a mythical experience, a grand beast that conjures images of epic battles on its 21 hairpin bends and leg sapping slopes. The 2013 Dauphiné took on the Alpe before heading down the new Col de Sarenne descent and Pez's editor Chris rode the climbs and descent. On the eve of this year's Dauphiné, here's a look back at one of the French Alps' Top Rides!
For the very first time, the 2013 Tour de France took on the mythical Alpe d'Huez twice in one day by descending and then ascending the little known Col de Sarenne. In June, before the Dauphiné tested out the roads and much needed roadworks were completed, PEZ's man in France, Chris Selden cycled the route on a simply epic 150km and 4800m elevation day.
Roadside St.18: It's become the stuff of legend and there's nothing like witnessing the Tour de France from the roadside on the 21 switchbacks to Alp d'Huez. On this first day in the high Alps - PEZ was buried deep in a sea of orange...
Race Report: The French have not had a good Tour so far, but if you are going to win a stage it might as well be the one that crosses the Alpe d’Huez twice and become the hero of France. Meanwhile behind Christophe Riblon who was fighting for the stage win a hard battle amongst the GC riders saw yet another change in the overall with riders falling by the wayside.
There's less than a month to go until the Tour hits the Alpe d'huez for a record two ascensions in one day so what better time than now to take a closer look at the Alpe. PEZ was there 24 hours before race day in 2011 and this is what we saw.
Roadside Report: Alpe d'Huez is a mythical mountain, a grand beast that conjures up images of battles past with its 21 hairpin bends and its leg sapping slopes. I've been roadside on the Alpe during the Tour de France on a few occasions including the famous mountain time trial in 2004 but I'd never seen the mountain roadside in the Dauphiné. That had to change!
You may not know Jean-Paul Vespini, but he knows cycling, and likely a lot more about pro racing than you ever will. He's covered 19 Tours (so far), and as a reknowned cycling historian in France, he's got some storiesпїЅ We asked him for six...