Love Velo’s French Peaks Challenge

Written by Jonathan B on 11th April, 2019

Congratulations to the 13 winners of this competition! Whilst this challenge is over, we still want to see your rides so keep sharing on the Love Velo Strava Club!

To celebrate our epic cycling holidays in France and the country’s incredible cycling history, we’ve put together a competition for the true road riders out there.

Over the next 7 days, we challenge you to climb the combined height of Alpe d’Huez (1860m), Mont Ventoux (1912m) and the Col du Tourmalet (2115m). Together, the three climbs, all of which have hosted unforgettable moments in the Tour de France, stand at 5887 metres (19,314 ft).

So, how do I take part?

Join the Love Velo Strava Club and record your rides all week, whether it’s a 6-mile commute into work or a 120-mile ride on Saturday morning. Ride, record, repeat. On Sunday 21st April, anyone who has climbed more than 19,314ft over the week will earn themselves a £50 Love Velo holiday voucher as well as a Love Velo water bottle. It’s that simple…Good luck!

For the majority of us who won’t surpass 19,314ft, we’ve listed some more realistic goals below. Find out which famous routes you could accomplish this week based on the distance you ride.

If you ride 45km & 1000m you could have ridden any of the following:

  • The Cap Formentor Lighthouse route from Port Pollensa. Mallorca’s most popular bike ride.
  • One lap of Lake Annecy. Clockwise or anti-clockwise, there is no bad way to ride around the lake.
  • Busetto Palizzolo loop in Sicily. Sicily is best explored on two wheels. This is the perfect mix of countryside and coastal riding.
  • Tenerife South Coast Loop. From Los Cristianos to San Miguel, ride in the shadows of Teide along smooth coastal routes (below).

, Love Velo’s French Peaks Challenge

If you ride 90km & 2200m you could have ridden any of the following:

  • San Gimignano extended loop. This ride in Tuscany is one of our favourites. San Gimignano is a must if you’re in the area.
  • The Path of the Goat. In the Sierra Nevada, the Goats Path runs from Granada to Almunecar on the coast. It is one of the most memorable and scenic cycling routes in southern Spain.
  • Serra de Monchique. Staying in Portimao, ride north into Monchique and enjoy total freedom on the traffic-free Portuguese roads.

View of the buildings in San Gimignano

If you ride 120km and 3000m you could have ridden any of the following:

  • Bedoin – Sault- Ventoux. Staying in Bedoin, head East to Sault before climbing the famous mountain. Bucket list: Getting shorter…
  • Rocacorba Climb. Just one of the unforgettable routes in the Spanish Pyrenees. Make sure to base yourself in Girona!
  • Passo Dello Stelvio. Switchback heaven. Need we say more?

View of the Mont Ventoux

Good luck to those aiming for the 19,314ft of climbing this week! Keep up to date with the members’ progress here.