A quick update on the training for the Team Type 1 Haute Route cycling event next year.
In 2016 my cycling goals are aimed towards being ready to cycle in a 7 day amateur stage race in the summer of 2017 and so this years trip to the Alps to ride the Marmotte sportive is a great opportunity to keep mountain fit. After completing the Marmotte in 2015, the plan was to come back in 2016 but this time with Scott as he will have completed his exams and have some extra time off school. And so here we are.
Scott this year is riding for the experience and also to earn a little bit of sponsorship for his best friends charity Barth Syndrome Trust. You can donate to his challenge effort by visiting his justgiving page www.justgiving.com/ScottsMarmotte
On Monday whilst I was at work he cycled through three different countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland cycling from one side of Lake Constance to the other to warm up his legs ahead of a busy week of cycling.
Tuesday was the day to start getting some proper climbing in. Following advice from my brother, Scott’s uncle and long time cyclist and fan of cycling, we journeyed from Lake Constance to Lake Como on the Swiss/Italy border to tackle the famous Madonna del Ghisallo. A hill made famous in one the monuments of professional cycling Il Lombardia.
A fabulous but tough few hours in the saddle to really test our legs and realise just what it means to climb up mountains. As much as I love cycling in the UK, it is really difficult to prepare adequately for the longer steady climbs of the Alps. Quite an introduction for Scott to the mountains of the Alps, especially when we took a short detour to tackle the infamous and crazy Mur De Sormano, a 3km stretch of track road that averages 17% but ramps up to 23% .
Yesterday we arrived into Le Bourg d’Oisans the venue for Saturday’s Marmotte sportive. Just a small 30km recce ride for the day from our Chalet up the Oisan valley into Bourg and to the bottom of Alpe D’Huez.
The plan today weather permitting is to go out for a slightly longer but not too taxing ride to get a little bit more climbing in, register for Saturday and generally get the final preparations sorted.
We’ll keep you updated on how it goes.
Please spread the word and keep supporting Scott. It would be great if his fundraising efforts can hit the £500 target by the weekend. You can donate to his challenge effort by visiting his justgiving page www.justgiving.com/ScottsMarmotte