A Trip Through France
Whether you're a cyclist or someone who hates cyclists, you've probably heard of Le Tour De France. Hollywood spoofed it with Tour De Pharmacy while Lance Armstrong has been main stream media for years. A bike race that tours across France and frequently travels into neighboring countries for 21 stages over the course of 23 days. France is home to some of the most breathtaking mind blowing climbs in the world. The magnitude of the sheer rock faces of the Alps leaves you speechless. Competing at the Tour De France is something most cyclists only dream about. Dreams are free, but flying to France and riding iconic Tour De France climbs is something everyone can do.
A family trip to France was prompted by my cousin, Ali Riley, playing in the Fifa Women's World Cup. With her second match being in Grenoble we realized we would be an hours drive to Bourge-d'Oisan, the base of Alpe d'Huez. It didn't take us long to start planning our vacation to sneak in some of the best riding in the world and tackling world famous climbs. Alpe d'Huez may not be apart of the tour this year, but next time it is, I will be glued to the tv reliving my experience.
Here's a glimpse into my family vacation where we sought out world tour climbs. Discovered we were an hours drive to the start of Stage 7 of Critérium Du Dauphiné. Ate tons of pizza, croissants, bread, cheese, and rocked ridiculous tan lines.