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Somebody asked for new pix -- how about Alpe d'Huez?(17 posts)

Somebody asked for new pix -- how about Alpe d'Huez?DCW
Aug 19, 2002 5:14 PM
This was taken a couple of weeks ago (on a TdF rest day) by the pro photographer at switchback #5 (named after Andy Hampten), a little over a mile from the top. He handed me his card after taking the picture. His shop mailed the original 8 x 10 to my home. Price? $14.

If this backdrop doesn't get you to climb Alpe d'Huez, nothing will.
Aug 19, 2002 5:19 PM
Can I come with you on your next vacation?

Some photo!
Sorry, I meant to type "Andy Hampsten"DCW
Aug 19, 2002 5:29 PM
I think he won a stage on Alpe d'Huez in 1992.
re: Somebody asked for new pix -- how about Alpe d'Huez?zray61
Aug 19, 2002 5:35 PM
I am very, very envious of your vacation.
Check out Bikestyle ToursDCW
Aug 19, 2002 5:58 PM

It's an Aussie company run by Lawrie and Natalie Cranley, with the help of a very accomplished group of professional and amateur cyclists. Neil Stephens (Stevo) is their main pro guide and he's tops.

Given the Aussie dollar exchange rate, my wife and I spent nearly three weeks following the Tour and riding the course (and eating and drinking a lot) with a wonderful group of Aussies for the price of one comparable American-organized tour.
Check out Bikestyle ToursWCC
Aug 20, 2002 5:59 AM
Hey DCW. I have reserved a spot with them for the 10 day trip next summer. Have you posted a trip report on here? I would love to hear a run down. Also, do you have all of your photos posted somewhere online?
Sorry, WCC, no report or pix posted elsewhere. . .Look381i
Aug 20, 2002 8:24 AM
but I'd be happy to tell you more and send a few pix along. Here's a bit. If you want I can send more by private email.

You'll have a great time. All the Bikestyle folks were personable, experienced and helpful. Stevo and Jono, the resident pros and faster group guides couldn't have been nicer, humbler or more interesting. I spent one of the best riding days of my life with Stevo in a double paceline, in western France along the coast on a beautiful day. We talked about everything from equipment to Tour experiences (his) to diapering our kids.

Let me know what questions you have. By the way, from my office computer, this BB calls me Look381i, not DCW, but I'm the same guy.
just go to the alpsscruffyduncan
Aug 20, 2002 1:23 AM
whether or not you go on an organised tour, just go there, it's what cycling is all about, beautiful scenery, great roads, knowledgable locals, steady (but big) climbs and what descents.
I second that . . .ms
Aug 20, 2002 4:30 AM
My family and I spent ten days in the Alps in July. We stayed in a chalet in Areches and I took day trips from there. It was great. The only disadvantage of having a fixed base is that you have to ride loops (or have someone pick you up). But, given that my family did not want to pile into the car and move every day, staying in the same place was a good compromise. One advantage of renting a house and staying in one place is that the cost is a lot cheaper than a tour. The primary tourist season in the Alps is in the winter (skiing). Thus, there are lots of chalets and hotels available at a reasonable cost.
That's a great shot.Sintesi
Aug 20, 2002 5:07 AM
Looking pretty fit for a guy with grey in his beard. If it were me I'd have it blown up to 5'X4' and hang it over the fireplace. : )
Thanks. I'm 53 and not really as fat as that photo suggests . .Look381i
Aug 20, 2002 8:27 AM
and I'm thinking about a mural in my rec room . . .

DCW ("Look381i" from my office computer)
You <i>earned</i> that photo! (sweat and pain are visible) -nmTig
Aug 20, 2002 6:24 AM
that's really cool...gwendolynofthemountain
Aug 20, 2002 8:42 AM
how you got a helmet to protect your stem.
I got the idea the day before . . .Look381i
Aug 20, 2002 9:51 AM
when climbing Mont Ventoux and was blinded by my own sweat. I had to stop, take off my helmet, dry my head, etc. When I did, I noticed that I seemed to be the only rider with a helmet on his head. From that moment, I never wore a helmet up a hot climb. At the bottom of Alpe d'Huez, I bought the little do-rag you see me wearing.

By the way, I do wear a helmet otherwise.

DCW (also Look 381i from work)
I got the idea the day before . . .Deacon Don
Aug 20, 2002 6:27 PM
Hey Look381i -
I've signed up for this vacation for 2003. I would like to hear more and definitely see more pictures. I've been chomping at the bit ever since I registered in the Spring. Now I am ready to go!

Deacon Don
Deacon Don . . .Look381i
Aug 21, 2002 7:45 AM
send me your email address and I'll send more pix, answer questions, give suggestions, etc.
Deacon Don . . .Deacon Don
Aug 21, 2002 9:08 AM - THANKS!