Alpine charity cycle rides for all abilities
A fantastic way to raise money and see some intensely beautiful sights is to cycle for charity through the Alpines. It sounds a little daunting at first but there are routes that even low-fitness people can cycle in the Alpine region on the basis that they take it easy.
Many companies offer different rides for different abilities including easy riders and woman only so you can ensure that you don’t end up in a group of people whose ability far outweighs your own.
Cycling in the Alps is a beautiful experience, where you can see sights of sheer incredibility including La Grande Dixence, which is the biggest of the many alpine dams in the Valais region of Switzerland. This enormous dam collects water from 35 different glaciers and is the third highest dam in the world; a fantastic sight to see – not one for those scared of heights!
For those looking for an easy straight forward route and a glimpse of Mont Banc you may want to try the Tour du Mont Orchez likewise Le Tour du Roc d'Enfer offers a pleasant and relatively easy ride.
Top Tips to get the most of out your charity cycle ride include:
Take your own bike:
It sounds like a faff to load your own bike on the plane but it is usually relatively pain free. The easiest way to transport a bike is to get a cardboard box (cheaper than a bespoke bike bag), try your local cycle store to see if they have any going spare. Be aware that the airline will still charge for your bike as baggage so check everything out before you arrive at the airport.
Don’t forget the camera:
The Alps are home to some serious beauty don’t forget to bring the camera whilst remembering to bring goggles, full face helmet, hydration kits, body armour and gloves….
Biking in the Winter:
Watch out for skiers! In all seriousness, if you are embarking for a cycle ride in the Alps in the winter make sure you come prepare for snow and ice, at this time of year cycling in a group is wiser and ensure you have more layers than a Rainbow Cake. Make sure your phone is fully charged and you have checked the weather. Inexperienced riders should tackle the Alps in sunnier climates before attempting the snow.
Service your bike:
Just like before you embark on a long journey in the car you make sure everything is running smoothly ensure you offer the same treatment to your bike and get it serviced before jumping on the plane.
On a similar note, you wouldn’t run a marathon in brand new trainers so don’t give a new bike its first outing on an Alpine ridge, it is an invitation for disaster which can easily spell injury.
Author: Jane Blackmore is a freelance writer, editor, and blogger.