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First Cycle event of 2014 …… Cyclist Randonnee

March is the month when the cyclists start coming out of hibernation, , the temperatures rise, the sun shines and the days are longer. In order to encourage us back on our bikes the local cycling clubs run a number of randonnee’s throughout March and April usually on a weekday lunchtime, they start at lunchtime to allow  the temperatures to rise.

We chose to do one just North of Grenoble run by CC Voreppe, 75km and 800m of climbing. I am not sure what we expected but it certainly wasn’t over 200 cyclists, ok so we were virtually the youngest but still mid-day on a Thursday!

7€ to enter which included, signed route, refreshments at the start, middle and end plus date stamped sheet to show you had completed it.

Ready to go

Ready to go ......



The route took us out towards the Vercors using cycle paths and quiet roads, the climbs were long enough but not too long and with a gradient of 5 – 7% quite enjoyable. After 35km it was the feed station, the French certainly know how to put on a good ‘feed’ baguette, cheese, ham, cake, oranges, dried fruit, sweets, hot tea want more do you need – they even provided plates!

Guy and Alan at the feed station ….

Feed station Cyclist Randonnee



For the last 35km we joined a group of about 10 French cyclists and fairly whizzed along, we got to a hill and I don’t know why but for some reason I decided to attack – just sometimes you have to! That put the cat amongst the pigeon’s, the group didn’t like being overtaken by a women, I heard some new French words as they tried to pass, luckily the hill was just the right length and I got to the top with only one catching me, as ever we all had a laugh at the top. Guy & Alan said it was rather fun to watch.

Finished and time for recovery food Pizza, Pasta and salad and because it’s France the recovery drink ‘Red’ wine – Cheers to a great event

Recovery drink 'red' wine


It’s now time to start cycling round our area – Alpe d’Huez here we come.