March brings the start of the cycling season, the air gets warmer and the sun shines for longer so there’s no excuse not to get out at least in the valley round Bourg d’Oisans and Allemont. This week has been very warm so we decided to do some climbing, mistake? No. Tough? Yes.
We rode up to Villard Reculas over to Huez and back down Alpe d’Huez, the sense of satisfaction on finishing was great, the views up and down the valley superb, particularly with all the snow clad mountains and the temperature was warm the only but …………. It highlighted it’s going to be a hard journey back to fitness.
After three of days of fab skiing in Les 2Alpes, particularly Saturday – powder & blue skies we chose to get back on the bike. This time the balcons route up to bend 16 of Alpe d’Huez along the balcons road and back to home down the Col d’Lauteret. This route we do regularly throughout the summer I am sure it wasn’t ever that painful, particularly the first few bends up Alpe d’Huez. I can’t imagine I will be time trialling up there every Wednesday from mid-June but I am sure I will be. Today it was a 50km flattish ride round the valley, my legs needed some recovery!
We are skiing in Alpe d’Huez with friends on Saturday, tomorrow who knows that’s what’s great about March Skiing & Cycling.