So, you think you can't climb mountains on your bike ...

Published by Lyn on 25 June 2015

I've stolen* this post from Gerry across at the Vicious Cycle blog because it's just 100% ace.

Here’s Paul, climbing Alpe d’Huez.

Climbing Alpe d'Huez

Paul is 57 years old and till last weekend had ridden his bike exactly 6 times. Because of a bet made in a pub, he and his son, along with a bunch of interconnected friends, did the following over 4 days last week:

  • A climb of Ventoux (some even did the Triple)
  • Col de la Sarenne and Alpe d’Huez
  • Col du Glandon and most of Alpe d’Huez again

A quick add-up brings the total climbing over 3 days to at least 5500 meters, and Paul did every last one of them. He was usually out the back (but not always) and must have suffered badly on these mountains, but he was one determined dude and finished it all with smile.

* OK, so it's not exactly 'stolen' – Gerry said I could have it... (Thanks Gerry).

See here for top tips on climbing big hills (otherwise known as 'mountains') on your bike. And here for Alpe d'Huez in particular.

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