24 cyclists, 2 weeks, 1000+km, 18,000+m altitude, famous climbs, Le TDF & over 360 croissants!
It's been the ride of a lifetime from the Mediterranean to the Alps! 24 cyclists rolled out of Nice along the Promenade des Anglais - farewelling the coast and climbing in to the hinterland of the Côte d'Azur. We cycled the spectacular Verdon Gorge, rolled through lavender & sunflower fields (dodging bees!) & drank crisp rosé in Provence's honey coloured villages.
We enjoyed a group lunch in a Provençal auberge, hidden deep in the Luberon mountains and then relaxed by the pool on Rest Day in the spectacular hilltop village of Gordes. With fresh legs we set off in perfect conditions and conquered the Giant of Provence - Mont Ventoux!
We pedalled in to the Alps and climbed the classic French Cols - the Bonette, Vars & Izoard to arrive in Briançon and join the street parties as France won the World Cup! We continued over the epic Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier before a final rewarding ride over the Col de la Croix de Fer to climb the 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d'Huez!
We stayed in a private chalet and joined the party atmosphere of the Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez & the Stage Start in Bourg d'Oisans.
As always, food was a huge feature - from afternoon teas under the WOR marquee (with plenty of 1664) to local bistrots and degustation dinners with our own private Michelin chef!
It was sad to say "Au-revoir" to the group - we'd become a close group of friends by the end - and we celebrated hard on our last night with DJs Chivers & Marasco keeping the party going!
Thanks all for a wonderful tour - and a huge thanks also to our 2018 N2A Crew who ensured that our bikes kept rolling, our luggage was transported, we ate delicious local produce inspired afternoon teas & of course that the beers were cold at the end of the day!
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