Day 1: The Long Haul - June 4th
Day 2: Conquering Le Bérarde - June 5th
Day 3: Scaling the Alpe d'Huez and Venturing through the Col de Sarenne - June 6th
" SCC TDF 2023 - What can I say being part of SCCs first trip abroad was truly amazing and although I had visited the area before being amongst SCCs members made it very special.
Whilst there was a lot of careful planning that went into the trip for which I was happy to play in I can safely say I wouldn't of changed 1 thing about it. I sincerely believe this was the first of many trips in the future and I can't wait to be a part of these. Thanks Team SCC TdF 2023 for making such fantastic memories with me! "
Day 4: Confronting the Col de La Morte and Col d’Ornon - June 7th
On our fourth day, we divided our forces. A portion of our group took a well-deserved recovery ride, while others decided to press on. Our targets for the day were the Col de La Morte and the Col d’Ornon.
The Col de La Morte, translating to "Pass of the Dead," offers a 17.3km climb with a 6.9% average gradient. While its name may be foreboding, the views from the top, peering into the distant valleys and the alpine panoramas, make it a worthy challenge.
Day 5: The Grand Finale - Col de la Croix de Fer - June 8th
Stretching over 29km and featuring an average gradient of 5.2%, the Col de la Croix de Fer is a genuine test of stamina and determination. Reaching the summit was a moment of triumph that encapsulated the spirit of our journey - the culmination of our shared efforts and the joy of achieving something extraordinary together.
The descent from Col de la Croix de Fer was the perfect way to end our journey. We rolled down the twisting alpine roads, the wind in our faces, and the satisfaction of completing an epic adventure pumping in our veins.
A Fond Farewell - June 9th
Upon our return to the villa, we packed our bikes and gear, brimming with stories of the mountains we had conquered, and the bonds we had forged in the process. As we embarked on the journey back home, we carried with us not just memories of the climbs and descents, but the spirit of camaraderie that had defined our adventure.
Our odyssey in the French Alps was a testament to the Surrey Cycling Club's ethos - bringing people together through the shared love of cycling. As we navigated the winding roads of the French Alps, each turn, each climb, and each descent brought us closer together.
We hope this account of our journey inspires you, just as the majestic peaks of the French Alps inspired us. And who knows, maybe next year, you'll be with us, carving your own path through these historic routes, creating your own stories to tell.
"Together, we ride."