On the road to the High Alps…

Two days into the Alpine section of the climb and I’m happy to report I’m hanging in there – I’ve scaled the first 1000m to the ski resort town of La Clusaz!

I’ve joined a group of fellow cyclists for this last leg of the journey and crucially it is fully supported meaning we can concentrate on the cycling without having to worry about panniers. As soon as I set off with from Geneva airport I knew that was the best decision I had made. Carrying around 14 kilos on my makeshift panniers over huge Alpine passes would have been ridiculously difficult and potentially dangerous on the many fast descents we will be encountering. The difference is huge and on setting off from Geneva I actually thought there was something wrong with the bike!

Our group is a good mix of people and include a couple from San Fransisco on honeymoon!! They clearly love cycling and I think it’s great to see, so different from the norm. Somehow I’m not sure my wife would have fancied the idea though…!

So far we’ve ascended around 2000m and yesterday’s ride from Thonon-les-Bains finished with a steady 30km climb to La Clusaz where we stay overnight. Straight after breakfast this morning we will encounter the Col des Aravis (1486m) before the Col des Saises later in the day. Last night there was a big thunderstorm, with rain bucketting down but it looks to have cleared this morning which is a relief.

Now it’s time to get my climbing shoes on…

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