Cycling training program French Alps

This is my program to my ride the French Alps in August 2014. Since we came up with this plan recently, I’ll post here my training log updates, the itinerary, nutrition and anything else I might find along the way until the ride day.

A bit of myself for you who doesn’t know me: I am your average family man, middle-aged, who mainly rides the bike to work, definitely not a semi-pro. I’ve never done any specialized cycling training. So I hope this guide can help motive others to achieve similar goals. Trust me: If I can do it, anyone can.

If you have questions about it, feel free to contact me at This will be a curious experiment and hopefully I’ll have some fun while at it Smile Below is my project plan:

Where will be the ride.

Well, below is just a list of intentions. I am setting the goals very high by planning to ride the following mountains. Ideally I’ll be doing them all in 5 days. Some mountains will be short. And note I am including the mythical Alpe d’Huez; if I am going to do it once, I might do it properly and unforgettable as well.

  1. Le Semnoz
  2. Col de Tamie
  3. Col de la Madeleine
  4. Col de Glandon
  5. Col de la Croix de Fer
  6. Col du Mollard
  7. Col de Maurienne
  8. Les Lacets de Mountvernier
  9. Col de Chaussy
  10. La Toussuire
  11. Col du Telegraphe
  12. Col du Galibier
  13. Alpe d’Huez (WOW moment!!!)
  14. The other side of Alpe d’Huez
  15. Les Deux Alpes
  16. Villard Reculas

Buy proper cycling shoes.

[TODO] do I really need this? I need to research.

Nutrition plan for mountain cycling.

[TODO] I might need special nutrition to be able to ride on altitude. Never done that before. Need to research

Find time and training locations.

[TODO] There is no way around here. Need to find the time!! Smile 

Keep a training log.



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