Albertville to Alpe D’huez, the toughest day in our cycling careers

We all knew that climbing three of the highest rated climbs in the Tour de France in one day would make this a really hard day of cycling, and we were not disappointed. We started with the Col de Madelaine, a 15-mile climb. After a very difficult descent, we started the next climb of the Col de Croix de Fer, which is 18 miles and just as challenging. This would have been enough for most people, but we decided to do one more, and many questioned our sanity. The last climb was the famous Alpe d’Huez climb, which is 21 hairpin turns up a steep cliff. All this put us in the saddle for close to 10 hours and gave us a deeper appreciation of the Tour de France riders. Altogether we climbed over 15,000 feet and a total distance of 45 miles of climbing. Some of us burned up to 10,000 calories. An exhausting but exhilarating day that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

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12 Responses to Albertville to Alpe D’huez, the toughest day in our cycling careers

  1. Brad & Silvia Poynter says:

    We miss you Kendra and Rowdy!

    • Kendra Kane says:

      We miss you too! Can’t wait to come home and do a super easy, flat 50 miles, piece of cake! Say hi to Steve and Suzi for us please!

  2. Laura says:

    Beautiful pictures! Wish I was there with ya, Glenn :)

  3. Penny says:

    Is Bob drinking a coke??????????????????

  4. Bill says:

    My ‘arse’ is starting to get saddle sores just thinking about 10 hours of riding. Go DutchWheelman! Harold and Tim had us completing 3000′ of climbing on Monday, I guess we better step it up to match you on your return.

  5. Will says:

    Wow! Rodney did you get your 21 pictures?
    Bob, did you see anything besides Rodney’s behind?

  6. Cricket says:

    I can’t even imagine 15,000 feet or 10 hours in the saddle. Congratulations, but please tell me that you were beyond exhausted at the end of the day. Rodney, did you get pics of those 21 turns???

  7. Linda says:

    Congratulations to all! You are all AMAZING in my book!!! Keep up the good work! Sounds like you are having the experience of a lifetime! Enjoy it!!!

  8. jamie says:

    Your all putting the Bloomsburg dutchwheelman on the map.. congrats to all and keep those pictures and stories coming..

  9. Penny says:

    Congrats to all!!!! What an amazing feat! I love the beer and cigarettes in the true spirit of the Tour de France in the early years! The extra pictures are much appreciated – keep ‘em coming…….

  10. ronny says:

    Hi Folks,

    Congrats with this result.Everybody finished in the top 20!!!!
    Please send as much news as possible because people get worried if there is no news at all for two days.
    Good luck.

    • Kendra Kane says:

      We miss you both and I can’t wait to see my baby boy! Thanks so much for caring for him while we’re out here putting a hurting on ourselves!

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