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Come To France Camp

February 5th, 2013

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The Croix de fer (cross of iron)
The Croix de fer (cross of iron)
Coffee on the Chalet back porch
Coffee on the Chalet back porch
Gluten free bread! (not really)
Gluten free bread! (not really)
Climber's cemetery in St. Christophe near La Berarde
Climber's cemetery in St. Christophe near La Berarde

Week 2 of France Camp 2013 will feature the 100th Tour de France and once again we will be front and center for the final battle that takes place in the alps. It’s a short 10 minute ride or 30 minute walk from the Chalet door to the village of Huez which sits a mere 3km from the summit of what will certainly be the most epic of Tour stages.
 
The 100th running of the Tour de France will feature a unique double ascent of the fabled 21 switchbacks that define l’Alpe d’Huez - the Tours most famous climb. We will climb l’Alpe d’Huez in advance of the peleton on the morning of the stage, and ride the descent of the col de Sarenne that is included in the Tour for the first time, and which allows the cyclists to descend from the summit of Alpe d’Huez and then travel through Bourg d’Oisans to the base of the 21 turns for the historic second ascent.  Later that same day we will stand on the chalk-covered road with an estimated 1.5 million other cycling fans for a front-row “seat” for the greatest bike race in the world.

If you enjoy cycling, it’s hard to describe the mecca that is the Oisans Valley.  There is minimal traffic, amazing views, superb food, indescribable climbs, and hair-raising (in a good way) descents.  And if you’re a fan of bike racing, there is nothing like riding the courses that the cyclists race on, and experiencing one of the most amazing spectacles in sport while literally standing on the field of play.
 
Anyway – that’s the longwinded way of saying – come and join us.  I have a few spots open during week one of the camp (July 7-14), and one double occupancy room open during week two – Tour de France week (July 14-21).  Contact me as soon as possible, if you’re interested.  The rooms will go fast.  Click on the “Camps” tab at the top of this page to see details about France Camp 2013.

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