Ride Geneva to Nice with Graeme Obree

Your chance to conquer the Alps in the company of a cycling legend

by Tony Farrelly   January 23, 2009  

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First it was Eros Poli, now it's Graeme Obree. Cycling legends, it would seem, are like buses you wait a lifetime for the chance to ride with one, then two come along at once. Bike holiday specialists KE Adventure Travel are offering 16 lucky people the chance to spend a week riding with Graeme in June, and it's a proper ride too, Geneva to Nice across the heart of the French Alps, the ‘Route des Grandes Alpes’ from June 20th – 28th.

Graeme will be riding with the group each day giving participants the rare opportunity to ride and chat with one of the most innovative figures in cycling. Gav McDonald is an old friend and racing contemporary of Obree's “Grame and I were junior racers from the same part of Scotland at the same time… he was Scottish Junior TT BAR champ in '83 and I won it the following year, so we've a long standing friendship”.

McDonald leads this ride every year and it takes in some of the most famous Tour de France climbs, such as the Galibier and L’Iseran, the ride also goes over the Bonette (2802m / 9193ft), Europe’s highest paved road. According to Gavin McDonald riding 15,500 metres (51,000 feet) of ascent and descent through the French Alps is a real challenge with most of the climbing concentrated into six days, it certainly sounds like a fantastic holiday even without the chance to ride with a cycling legend like Obree.

"I’m really looking forward to the ride, especially as it’s across one of my favourite parts of the world. The route itself looks phenomenal - a real ride through cycling history". Graeme's a man more noted for his exploits on the track and as a time triallist than for climbing so it will be interesting to find out what type of set-up he will be riding – we'll ask. If you are up for the ride, Gavin McDonald recommends using a compact.

Graeme Obree was twice holder of the World Hour Record, cycling’s blue ribbon event. He was also World Pursuit Champion twice and World Pursuit Record Holder twice. He is famed as an original thinker and a cycling and training innovator. His autobiography  'Flying Scotsman'  was published in 2003 and the film of his life to date released in 2006.  

For more information contact Tim Greening or Nadja Stracey, on 017687 73966 or
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with the Alps, reading the Flying Scotsman he used to do cycle tours for weeks on end. He rode through Spain and up Pico De Veleta a couple of times, and that is a seroiusly long climb, I can vouch for that. What an awesome tour that sounds.

I'm riding across the Pyrenees this summer and that will include a couple of days with Abraham Olano and Roberto Heras - apparently on the day we ride over the Peyresourde,Aspin and the Tourmalet, just so I can see how it should be done!

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posted by DaSy [675 posts]
26th January 2009 - 11:02

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nothing like a challenge, eh DaSy? Smile

should be a good MCC week for you, even if you do have to spend some of it getting your arse handed to you on a plate by the pros... rather you than me fella! Devil

seriously though, what a day that's going to be. I went up the Aspin on my old Marin B-17 full susser one year when we were mtbing out of bagnères. it's a lot further on 26" wheels, i can tell you Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7745 posts]
26th January 2009 - 11:09

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This trip with Obree has really got me thinking though...

I have always had a lot of time and respect for Mr. O, and Bonnette-Restefonde was a climb I really wanted to do after the Ventoux.

The itinerary looks good, not quite as testing as the Pyrenees trip I have provisionaly booked (no money has changed hands yet!), but the major advantage that it is with a group of English speakers rather than the group of mainly Spanish speakers that I was to go on (it looked like it was only the guide that spoke English as a second language).

I'm really tempted by this ride, and a chance to ride with Graham Obree would be really cool.

The Aspin on a MTB would be purgatory! The speed I passed riders on MTB on Ventoux was funny, both up and down. The noise of nobbly tyres on that descent was scary, they were struggling to make 40mph, I was passing them at over 50mph.

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posted by DaSy [675 posts]
26th January 2009 - 12:53

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Well, that's that...I am officialy cycling across the Alps with Graham Obree!

Deposit paid, wife annoyed, me excited and slightly nervous....

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posted by DaSy [675 posts]
26th January 2009 - 13:58

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you can tell us all about it when you come back! take your camera... Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7745 posts]
26th January 2009 - 14:00

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