I’ve just arrived back from riding the Haute Route CycloSportive – Geneva to Nice.
It’s been a fantastic 7 days of high mountain climbing, descending and a little bit of flat valley riding in between…
There were cyclists from 33 different countries all sharing in the experience, the standard of riding was very high with a couple of pro’s thrown in to show us mere mortals how it’s done.
The toughest part was getting enough rest, your body has to adapt to the strain that you put on it and sleep was something that didn’t come very easy for me (temps were 34° for first 3 days).
Highlights were the climbs (especially the Cime de la Bonette which is the highest paved road in Europe at 2802m), the massage after the ride and crossing the finish line at the end of the day…
Lowlights were the very early mornings (need to eat at least 2 hours before I ride), the selfishness of some of the other riders and the accommodation in a couple of the finishing towns.
I finished 173 out of 600 riders having spent over 30 hours in the saddle and time trialled up Alpe d’Huez in 1:04:32.
It was a great event, to be able to ride 7 Sportives over 7 consecutive days in the Alps is very special indeed and I’m glad I had the chance to do it…
Up next… a little rest, catch-up on my chores and relax with Di.
Haute Route 2012 – Geneva to Nice - thanks for the experience!