Haute Route Alpe d'Huez: Swept up before the summit

Jack Elton-Walters 19 Apr 2018 This multi-day event, centred around the classic climb of Alpe d’Huez, proves to be a serious test of both body and spirit Words Jack Elton-Walters | Photography David Azia I leave my bike propped up against the gazebo of the feed station and stagger over to the open door of a van. Sitting inside is a young French assistant for the Haute Route Alpe d’Huez. ‘Ça va?’ he asks as I approach. ‘Non,’ I reply wearily. ‘J’ai fini.’ At this point I am struggling to remember my own name, let alone my A-level French from over a decade ago. With a frown and a cutthroat signal to reiterate that this is probably the end of the ride for me, I sit down on the step of the van. I’m glad of the shade but not of the prospect of a DNF on a sportive. In ...

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