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Not too expensive (£750 for a week) and that's pickup from the airport, great chalet accom and amazing food - every day when getting in from riding there is a homebaked cake and a pasta salad waiting for us. Also the guys are really nice - it feels like riding with mates. All rides are guided with 2 of the Alpcycles riders and supported with a van with spare wheels and bike. Really helpful as well - on my last trip someone had a small crash and broke their shifters. On getting back to the chalet all the guy had to do was sit down and rest while Alpcycles sourced a shifter to borrow then were up till 1am due to the internal cabling of the guys Cervelo.
And on top of all of that the riding is epic. Really well structured week with great climbs.
I've been with them now 3 times
xcnick wrote:I'm about to book some flights on Geneva in mid September for a few days riding, probably staying in Annecy. Any idea what sort of weather to expect? Thanks
Could be anything, but generally Lake Annecy itself is pretty dry. Mountains around are more variable naturally. Should be mid 20s if seasonal weather. The Lake is at c.450m above sea level FYI.
BTW ... further down the east side of the Lake is more agreeable.
Stiff, Light, Aero - Pick Three!!
xcnick wrote:Thanks for the info Sawyer! From the average weather info I can find online Annecy shows less rainfall in september than July! Fingers crossed! I was lucky in July just gone when staying in Aix les Bains with a week of hot sunny weather.
Tailloire and Menthon-St-Bernard are the two best places to stay on lake IME.
So there are loads of climbs there. Literally weeks of nice riding. Note that there is nice cycle path down to Albertville also from where you can tackle the Madelaine.
Stiff, Light, Aero - Pick Three!!
pastronef wrote:Col de la Lombarde today, to the french border at the top and back in Italy
Nice pastronef. Rode this last year as a loop from Barcelonnette over the Cime de la Bonette and up the French side via Isola to continue over the Colle della Maddalena... 184km with 5784m elevation gain.
View down the Italian side of the Col de la Lombarde
on my agenda a 1 night car trip to Bourg d'Oisans (I live near Torino) to climb the Glandon (maybe just until Le Rivier d'Allemont to get a coffee there) and then back to Alpe d'Huez. After that ,return to Bourg via Col de Sarenne.
later, end of July or August, Petit Saint Bernard from Italian side (I discovered it thanks to our friend Dalai) and down to Bourg Saint Maurice in Savoie. From there maybe a few kms of the Cormet de Roselend. then back over to Italy
this time in Bourg I will not just have a coffee and anyway, Dalai won't be there with his 53-12 to make me suffer on the downhill more than on the climb
I came across Colle San Marco descending to Morgex on the way to meeting you in Pré-Saint-Didier. Technical little descent -read steep and very twisty! Personally if riding that loop again; although a tougher ascent I'd climb over Colle San Marco from Morgex and return the main road to Morgex...
As you can see from the profile - much steeper and longer from Morgex! 10% average over 10.5km! http://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?qryMountainID=1945
Dalai wrote:I came across Colle San Marco descending to Morgex on the way to meeting you in Pré-Saint-Didier. Technical little descent -read steep and very twisty!
That's what we live for
Really great turns and superb surface made us grin from ear to ear when we reached Morgex. Really pick up speed quickly. Not for those who aren't confident descenders mind.
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