Monday, 15 September 2014

Alpe d'Huez cycle ride

Perhaps the biggest high point of the year was our trip across to the Alps to meet up with Wife's brother who wanted to attempt a cycle ride up Alpe d'Huez.

Brother-in-Law is in late stage cancer and it is unclear what the immediate future holds.  The long-term prognosis is not good but he is hanging on well.  He has become a fanatical cyclist and was really keen on this attempt.  I used to be a keen cyclist but had to really get back into it to be ready for the trip.  I started training seriously in July and clocked up a few hundred miles before our September trip.

We arrived in the Alps to heavy rain on the Tuesday and we drove up Alpe d'Huez to get an idea of what we had let ourselves in for.  It was far more daunting that we had thought, though this might have been due to the bad weather.

But on the next day, it was lovely conditions and we both managed the ascent to much glory.

Brother-in-Law produced a rather excellent video which is now on Youtube called "Jonathan R and Andy G take on Alpe d'Huez"

Me labouring up on my 90 minute ascent

And at the finish - I have just arrived while Andrew has had five minutes to recover!

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