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Contents: Tours (5)   

Reports by Francis Cooke

All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

La Marmotte
by Francis Cooke, tour started 1998

La Marmotte is one of the toughest and most spectacular one-day events in Europe, only 175km but with well over 5000m of climbing, finishing on that most famous of Tour de France battling grounds, the Alpe d'Huez.

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Tour du Mont-Blanc
by Francis Cooke, tour started July 1996

The Tour du Mont-Blanc is a circuit of 322km based in the northern French Alps, but visiting Italy and Switzerland as well. Run as a permanent route by the Cycle Touring Club of Chambery, it carries a maximum time limit of 4 days, as it crosses five fairly high passes. Sheila and I considered our options carefully. We decided to join the circuit at Beaufort, at the foot of the Cormet de Roselend, deposit some of our touring luggage at a hotel and ride round in two days.

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Raid Alpine: Thonon-Trieste
by Francis Cooke, tour started 1995

From Arrivèe On-Line, Audax UK's quarterly magazine.

A certain Frenchman, Georges Rossini of Thonon on Lake Geneva, has set up four testing Alpine routes, or 'Raids':

  • Randonnee Alpine - Thonon to Antibes, 740km and 43 cols through the French Alps.
  • Randonnee Alpine - Thonon to Trieste, 1180km and 41 cols through the Swiss and Italian Alps and Dolomites.
  • Randonnee Prealpine - Thonon to Antibes, 894km and 47 cols through the French Alps.
  • Randonnee Prealpine - Thonon to Venice, 1209km and 69 cols through the Italian Alps and Lakes.

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Raid Alpine: Thonon-Trieste
by Francis Cooke, tour started 1995

From Arrivèe On-Line, Audax UK's quarterly magazine.

A certain Frenchman, Georges Rossini of Thonon on Lake Geneva, has set up four testing Alpine routes, or 'Raids':

  • Randonnee Alpine - Thonon to Antibes, 740km and 43 cols through the French Alps.
  • Randonnee Alpine - Thonon to Trieste, 1180km and 41 cols through the Swiss and Italian Alps and Dolomites.
  • Randonnee Prealpine - Thonon to Antibes, 894km and 47 cols through the French Alps.
  • Randonnee Prealpine - Thonon to Venice, 1209km and 69 cols through the Italian Alps and Lakes.

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La Marmotte
by Francis Cooke, tour started 1993

La Marmotte is one of the toughest and most spectacular one-day events in Europe, only 175km but with well over 5000m of climbing, finishing on that most famous of Tour de France battling grounds, the Alpe d'Huez.

See all 5 reports by Francis Cooke