Join us on this two day epic ride of a lifetime following in the tracks of the greatest riders on two wheels over arguably the most iconic climbs of 'le tour' - Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux...the riding in between isn’t bad either!
Day 1 - Fly to Lyon - transfer to Bourg-d'Oisans - chance of a leg stretch.
Day 2 - Ride Alpe d'Huez to Serres - 145km (90mi) +3167m
Day 3 - Ride Serres to Bedoin - 125km (78mi) +2210m
Day 4 - Transfer to Marseilles airport - return to UK
Garmin have launched two new GPS bike computers, the Edge Touring and the Edge Touring Plus, with navigation features and preloaded maps and points of interest.
Both models offer road and off-road navigation, turn-by-turn directions and round-trip suggestions for rides of any chosen distance.
Thomas De Gendt of Vacansoleil-DCM won the award for most combative rider in yesterday’s stage of the Tour de France for his efforts in the breakaway, giving us a good reason to take a close look at his bike.
The 27-year-old Belgian rider, currently sitting in fourth place in the King of the Mountains competition, is riding Bianchi’s new Oltre XR2.
Eurobike 2012: Touring bikes & trends… Tout Terrain, Van Nicholas, Patria, Velotraum, Pinion, Creme & more
Touring bikes were a bit scarce at Eurobike this year. Although every european manufacturer makes a huge range of urban and trekking bikes, the better specced of which can certainly be used for touring, there weren't that many dedicated expedition bikes on show at the show.
What there was we sniffed out though, and there were a few interesting trends to take out of the show, the first of which was the prevalence of the Pinion gear system. Well, in the German hall at least. It might take a bit longer to make it over the border.
Raleigh may have a proud British heritage, despite being sold to the Dutch, but the Sojourn has American ancestry. It's been available across the pond for some years now but it's taken a while to find its way here. Style-wise it takes a few cues from recent North American disc based touring machines with a touch of MTB in their DNA. Think Kona Sutra or Salsa Vaya but with a slightly less compact frame.
Using a drybag as a lightweight saddlebag is the topic of the latest post on the audaxing blog
In a sense there is no point in doing this for weight saving (even though it saves a whole kilo) as the bag will contain lots of heavy stuff. Also it's nothing compared to the vast bulk of the person on the bike
Anyway, drybags are great and worth considering for bike luggage