What consists of bragging rights for ordinary mortals to say that hey I rode el Alpe d’Huez?
This summer we are visiting one of my wifes friends who lives in France and very close to Grenoble and the iconic Alpe d’Huez. Since she wants to take the bikes and do some family riding I will be leaving the Stumpy at home and riding the Tarmac because I have this wild idea that I may have the opportunity to ride the 2007 Tours 14 stage or parts of it. Low and behold one of my summer mtb riding buddies lives close as well and in principle has agreed to ride with me. However, we still must negotiated the route.
So what constitutes bonafide bragging rites, trash talk etc with your riding buddies and friends for el Alpe d’Huez:
A. Riding just the final HC climb of Plateau de beille 15.8km 1255m climbing, impresses all ordinary mortals and everyone who doesn’t know anything about the Tours iconic climbs. But the hardened cyclist to include weekend warriors will say okay but you only did 15k and the final climb…
B. Riding both HC climbs Port de Pallhères 1207m climbing and Plateau de Beille 1255m for a total of 2462m climbing and 105km total distance, puts you in the conversation with Superman and Batman impresses everyone one you know plus hardened cyclist and weekend warriors alike
C. Do the entire 2007 Tour stage 14 197km 2930m climbing and it puts you in the conversation with Pantini, Froome,Contador and Armstrong albeit at different speed but you have bragging rights for life and can consider adding a note on your headstone as well as imortilization on FB.
What say you???