A week of cycling the classic Tour de France cols with the assistance of an E-bike. No it's not cheating - it just means you can ride double the distance in half the time - do more and see more!
On this trip you can become the King or Queen of the Mountains and not just any old mountains, the Alps. Yes you can achieve this grand Strava title without breaking a sweat - well maybe a little perspiration just for the look! The secret? An E-bike! Of course you can do this trip on a classic roadie but.... you choose!
Duncan Craig from the Sunday Times tested out the trip. Here's what he thought about riding the Tour de France cols on an e-bike! You can also have a look at the little video he made for the Sunday Times website.
Cycle the famous 21 hairpin bends of Alpe D'Huez, explore the mythical moonscape of the Col D'Izoard, discover one of Chris Froome's favourite cols, the col du Noyer, and pitch yourself against his time trial route around the Serre Poncon lake. Will you be able to beat his time on an E-bike? There will also be the option of trying Mont Colombis, the toughest climb in France!
Road cycling in the Alps is a must for any keen cyclist and most people train for years before attempting the big alpine climbs like Alpe D'Huez, Col D'Izoard, Col du Noyer and the other Tour de France favourites. With the E-bike, this becomes much more accessible to recreational cyclists. For experienced endurance cyclists, the E-bike means you can go on for even longer or do even steeper climbs than you are used to.
E-bikes are still a relatively new phenomenon and sometimes a little misunderstood. They are not motorbikes, you need to pedal, and it is entirely up to you how much extra oomph you give yourself from the battery. To do a big mountain col you will still need a reasonable level of fitness with an E-bike (be a regular dog walker or gym goer) - it is not cheating!
This trip will take you over some of the mythical Tour de France cols with the option of adding extra sections on if you wish. You have vehicle support with you at all times guiding the way and there to carry your snacks, spare clothing and tool kits and to pick you up if you have had enough. There's no excuse not to give it a go!!
If you like the idea of e-biking the Alps but would prefer a fully tailor made itinerary, then have a look at our flexible e-bike the Alps holiday!