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French Alps episode #2: Col de Sarenne - The B side of Alpe d'Huez

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French Alps episode #2: Col de Sarenne - The B side of Alpe d'Huez

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French Alps episode #2: Col de Sarenne - The B side of Alpe d'Huez

Last week, I posted an episode on Cycling Alpe d'Huez. This week's episode is a photo and video tour of the backside ascent of Alpe d'Huez. It's less famous but more scenic and quiet:

http://www.steephill.tv/2006/col-de-sarenne/

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Excellent pictures conveying the majesty of those mountains. Nice report too.
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I wonder why the TDF never does the Col De Serrenne?
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You make us all so jealous!
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
I wonder why the TDF never does the Col De Serrenne?
It's way too narrow as are many great climbs in France.
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Nice! Made one of those my new wallpaper!
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You suck....I am just envious. Enjoy the riding for all of us!
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That's awesome!

Curious - what ratio rear cluster you using for the Alps?

Not that I ever foresee doing something that severe in the immediate future, but maybe sometime down the road.

Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by Drag
That's awesome!

Curious - what ratio rear cluster you using for the Alps?

Not that I ever foresee doing something that severe in the immediate future, but maybe sometime down the road.

Thanks for sharing.
I used a 53-39 and 11-27. I could have used a bailout gear at times because I'm not too fit this year.

Give the big mountains a try some time.
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WOW. I can only dream of riding in such a beautiful setting. Later.
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That's it! I'm quiting my job, selling all of my possessions, and cycling my way around Europe.


Oh F! - I guess my wife and kid wouldn't like that. Crap. Oh well. Thanks for the "Mountain Porn".
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Originally Posted by aham23
WOW. I can only dream of riding in such a beautiful setting. Later.
I used to dream about traveling to beautiful places before going to Italy five years ago. You just have to make it a priority and do it.
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