Sunday, March 20, 2016

VSF T900 Geneva to Nice

Last summer I had a visit from a good school friend of mine..........another Chris. We had cycled round Devon and Cornwall after A Levels ............he on a 3 speed all steel !!! I had derailleur gears !!! Oh the benefits of youth.....hills are not noticed when you are 18. We thought an anniversary ride might be a good idea................I had been thinking of the Grand Traverse of the French Alps from Geneva to Nice on a VSF T900 with Rohloff gearing. Great he said ....I'm up for that........this coming from a very hard working GP with his own Practice.............in other words he had some training to do. But I know Chris from years gone by.......he was and still is a tremendous athlete..1st XV Rugby,1st X1 Cricket and Hockey for several years not just when he was in the upper sixth !! Oxford wanted him so badly that they said we will take you with 2 E's at A Level !!! Point is I had no worries that he wouldn't be up for the task !!

So we headed out early June for Geneva with our bikes and he had shed 2 stone and was fighting fit.

Having landed at Geneva we put the bikes together and headed out into the dark aiming for Thonon Les Bains from where we would strike out into the Alps .....yippee..........such a privilege again !!

Difficult not to get boring with these blogs so lets move on and you can see the ride through pics later on...................
Chris on top of the Cormet De Roseland




VSF T900 atop The Galibier













Hammering down the Col de L'Iseran. Somewhere along here was my fastest ever so far on a bicycle .......61.5mph. VSF steady as a rock !!

Snow walls on the Iseran.

Chris descending the Cormet de Roseland.

And again !

VSF T900 against snow wall on the Iseran. We were the first cyclists over the col for 2014. Opening party was still there when we went over the top .

Chris snaking his way up the Iseran from Val D'Isere.

Trundling up the second part of the Galibier.Going up at the start of a day for once, rather than tackling it after other climbs, was really pleasurable !!

Chris enjoying the view from the Galibier.....looking back towards Valloire

Chris having exited tunnel on the Iseran at speed