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I recently spent a week cycling the Raid Alpine with Dave and Amy: July 29th – Aug 4th
The organisation of the ride was excellent with plenty of communication ahead of the trip including a first night relaxed briefing over a beer from Dave who introduced the week including the expected daily rhythm.
The trip was smoothly run, both Dave and Amy were always ready to answer questions, provide guidance and were a joy to spend time with. As someone undertaking this ride for the first time one of my concerns was refuelling, on reflection there was no need to be concerned, Daves experience of the route ensured that breakfasts were plentiful, lunches well planned and evening meals perfect for a cyclist.
The most memorable moment of the trip for me was the climb out of the village of Beaufort to the Col du Pre, initially a steady climb surrounded by mountains on all sides then after a couple of kilometres the road splits and gradient increases. The effort is worth it for a coffee stop overlooking Lac de Roseland, the water colour is amazing and the subsequent ride across the dam wall to Cormet de Roseland breathtaking.
Overall the trip was challenging, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world, I’ll be back next year: 10/10
Neil Chambers, York
“Wow what a great trip!!
A big thank you to Dave & Amy for organising a fantastic three day trip earlier this year for Red Lodge Cycle Club.
Chalet Nicola is a great base, (the hot tub came in handy for aching limbs), great food from Amy our host. And literally straight out of the door and onto some fantastic cycling roads.
Day one: Col du Petit Saint Bernard and fantastic pizza in Italy.
Day two: Col de la Madeleine, fantastic climb, would have struggled up there but luckily we had Amy in the support van at regular intervals with ice cold drinks and energy bars.
Day three: Dave’s easy day (ha ha!) some local climbs, couple of cat 1’s and a great coffee stop in Bozel.
Anyone who is thinking of going out to the Alps and wants a great well organised holiday should not hesitate in contacting these guys…Chapeau”
Duncan Freestone, Suffolk
Dolomites and the Italian Alpes. Is there a better place to ride your bike ? Probably not, In fact it is one of the few areas which lives up to its reputation and the hype. Alpine Chaingang. Is there a better way to be supported on your cycling trip of a lifetime ? Probably not.
As with any adventure, there are so many parameters that are out of anyone’s control, however, everything which is manageable by Dave and Chris, is managed to a high level. Always there but never intrusive and always prepared and flexible enough if events create a need for change on the road and off.
Not my first trip with Alpine Chaingang, and certainly not my last, but fresh and varied riding, never beyond the limits but always challenging enough for anyone. Time and care must be spent in abundance with the pre-planning as the overnight locations are, again, varied and representative of the best the region has to offer. You just couldn’t chance across so many quality hotels.
The holiday word is often frowned upon when on tour, but comfort and relaxation along with great hospitality and food puts the icing on the cake. Whilst the Classic climbs are expected to be included in any trip, taking in lesser known roads and passes adds something which cannot be sold but just needs to be experienced. Each day gave something special and the last few days took us over stunning climbs and, probably ever nicer, beautiful smooth descents. Tonale, Mendola, Pellegrino, Cereda, Grappa, all names embedded in my memory whilst being relatively unknown by comparison to the Giau, Sella Ronda, Stelvio, Gavia, amongst others. Magnificent support fellas and thank you for the ‘living the dream’ feeling. I am sure the rest of our group feel exactly the same way. Until next time…..
Kev Barnes, Rushden
A perfect trip! Cycling with The Alpine Chaingang on their seven-day 2018 Tour de France trip is one of the BEST travel experiences I have ever had. My partner and I signed up and began the trip as rookies to road cycling, but Dave (owner) took care of us from the start with exactly the information we needed to prepare — and then the perfect amount of guidance and motivation once we hit the road. By the end of the trip, I was hooked on the daily satisfaction and fun of cycling up and down the Alps.
Dave’s cycling experience and knowledge of the area is the best. He orchestrated our daily cycling routes to correspond perfectly with the 2018 Tour de France routes. On days before/after the Tour was in town, we biked spectacular routes the race would be using later in the week (Col du Pre, Cormet de la Roselend, and Col de la Madeleine). Then, on days with Tour in town, we biked enthusiastic, crowd-lined portions of roads the race would be passing over later in the afternoon (Col de la Croix Fry, La Rosiere, and Alpe d’Huez). A PERFECT combination of cycling and first-hand Tour de France spectacle!
In addition to cycling, the room and board accomodations provided by Alpine Chaingang on the trip were amazing. With a chalet in Courchevel as our home base, we were treated to energy-filled breakfasts, delicious afternoon snacks, and hearty homemade dinners each day. Amy and Ben were brillant hosts — both at the chalet and as the drivers of our cycling support van.
In summary, for an incredible way to see the Tour de France in person — and experience the thrills of road cycling in the Alps (for any skill level) at the same time — I would enthusiastically recommend The Alpine Chaingang’s future Tour de France trips!
Matt Mittelstandt, Chicago