French Redemption (A Mountain Bike Road Trip)
After injury on a similar trip in 2018, we set out to return back to the French Alps and conquer better than before. In July 2019 we drove back down to the French Alps via Germany & Switzerland. this is where the ‘Redemption’ came from!
We visited a couple of bike parks, but Alpe d’Huez was where we found the real beauty and spirit of mountain biking. We were lucky enough to be given a guide and lift passes. This really helped us navigate the area, and even ride some hidden trails that only the locals knew of.
Alpe D’Huez, what can I say? We fell in love with this place after just the first day. Sadly we were not able to make it last year due to an injury which saw my MCL ligament torn, We did however keep in touch with the tourist office and arranged to visit again when we next headed down that way. We had planned to visit this resort as we had been told there was some good riding to be had, and we were certainly not disappointed.
Our plans meant that we would be arriving during the Triathlon. However this caused us no issues, other than the fact there were many roadies on the famous 21 bends that head up into resort from the valley floor. You immediately get the feeling that this place is road bike heaven for a lot of people, but look past that and there’s more to Alp D’Huez than meets the eye. Compared to Les Gets for example that we rode earlier in the holiday, there seemed to be a quieter atmosphere out on the trails which we enjoyed and meant for some awesome rides.
A MASSIVE THANKS TO THE ALPE D’HUEZ TOURIST OFFICE, AND IN PARTICULAR CELINE AND CHARLIE
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