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Le 10 Cols Challenge 2016


By brian_perry - Posted on 08 July 2016

Le 10 Cols Challenge 2016

Ranjit Bahra and Fred Hale rode this organised tour; here's Ranjit's report:

"Le 10 Cols Challenge: All feature or have done so in The Tour.
I spent the 11-18 June in the French Pyrenees and Alps on a 10 Cols challenge trip organised by Owen Watkins (www.bagman.website) a cousin of Fred Hale, I rode with Fred and another cousin John Munns, very strong ex-racing. Support vehicle was provided by Own. It was a very well organised trip, Owen arranged collection of the bikes, without having to dismantle them, and bags, the itinerary was also organised so all we had to do was arrange the flights, travel light and be picked up at Bordeaux airport. All Cols weree preceded by a ride, flat or usually climbing, 10-30 miles and another 10-20 miles to the hotel/guest house, all were very good.
D1: Col d'Aubisque -62 miles 6467 feet
D2: Col du Tourmalet & Col d'Aspin 61 miles 8258 feet
D3: Col du Peyresaurde 28 miles 3822 feet (rest day!)
D4: Mont Ventoux 38 miles 6079 feet (1hr 50min, professional's time 1 hour or less, 2 hr considered good for an amateur.
D5: Col d'Izoard 59 miles 7310 feet-very tough day, caught i a torrential hail storm, marble size, hurt like hell. Freezing, no one descended, John and I completed the climb, don't blame Fred but he did climb 3/4 of it, thanks to the Land Rover for bailing hi out and us on the decent.
D6: Col du Galibier & Col de Croix de Fer, bonus Cols: Telegraph and Mallard, 77 miles, 11529 feet, very tough, head wind up Croix de Fer, determined not to give up!
D7: Les Deux Alps and Alpe d'Huez 43 miles 6935 feet, great day.
Total 370 miles & 50440 feet climbing, that's 1.74 x Mount Everest.
Great food on the way, great company, good support and weather.
Definitely recommend it, check out the website, he also owns and runs a cycle shop/imports, matrix bikes."