The Alpine Challenge concluded for 2012 on the 9th September 2012. A full collection of photographs by Matt Alexander & Karin Schermbrucker are available to view here
The four-Stage Alpine Challenge 2012 started this morning with an 11.6km timed mountain Stage. The Stage One route saw riders, including Rapha Condor Sharp's Dean Downing, Jerone Walters 3x Yellow Jersey holder of The London-Paris and professional mountain-biker Karl Platt, race for King of the Mountains up 900 metres of Col de Leschaux, featured previously in the Tour de France... Full Report
Today saw the third Stage of The Alpine Challenge 2012. Under clear blue skies, the riders set off on the 116.6km Stage. Starting in Central Annecy, Col de Bluffy, the first climb of the day came early. This was followed by a short bit of downhill relief before La Clusaz. The route then took riders further into the mountains and onto the race section of the Stage where cyclists battled it out over 10km and up 600 metres to the top of Col des Aravis; a pass that has been used 39 times in the Tour de France... Full Report
The Alpine Challenge 2012 saw its fourth, final and hardest Stage on Saturday. Riders experienced breath-taking views throughout, climbing deeper into the mountains. The first climb of the day, Col de la Forclaz, provided 12kms of steep incline, giving tired legs an early challenge. 10kms respite followed, with a downhill into the town of Faverges... Full Report
ALPINE CHALLENGE Group 3 - Ride Captain ReportTuesday 16th September 2014
We hit the timed section quite hard, with a good break by Mr Sigma himself, Ian Whittingham. He provided the carrot for the rest to chase. And chase they did.Read More ...
ALPINE CHALLENGE Group 4 - Ride Captain ReportMonday 15th September 2014
That was not the climbing done for the day but at least the steeper climbs that came later in the ride were not classified. The dynamic of the group altered slightly after lunch as we were joined by cycling royalty, Stephen Roche - at last, a fluent french speaker to chat to Severine and Denis!Read More ...