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Col de la Madeleine & PROMPT D211

12 Sep
Ascending the Col de la Madeleine

Ascending the Col de la Madeleine

The Col de la Madeleine links the Tarentaise & Maurienne valleys. Even though the panel at the summit reads 2,000m, the real height is 1,993m. The Madeleine has been used in the Tour de France 25 times and also forms part of the Route des Grandes Alpes – a route developed by the Touring club de France to promote cyclo and automobile tourism whilst linking all the valleys of the Alps from north to south.

The southern ascent of the Col de la Madeleine is 19.3km long at an average gradient of 8%. Starting from La Chambre, the climb is very regular – a constant battery of 8-9% through thick woodland. The ski resort of Saint-François-Longchamp provides a brief respite and the woodland clears. From here you can see road winding towards the peak of the Cheval Noir below which the summit of the col is perched.

Last week Phil lead a vehicle supported tour to the Col de la Madeleine. After dropping all but one at the top of the Croix de Fer, the guys descended towards La Chambre via the short climb up the Col du Mollard. From here they started the ascent of the Madeleine and met Phil at the summit. After the descent all but one got in the minibus to start the journey home over the Col du Glandon. The ‘one’- Crawford – decided Phil’s vehicle support was obviously not up to scratch and so decided to ride the whole route. This monstrous ride takes in the Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Mollard, Col de la Madeleine and finally the Col du Glandon before returning to Bourg d’Oisans. A ride of 180km with a total ascent of 6000m! At the summit, Phil also met a Dutch group who were using PROMPT D211 rental bikes. They had also set out on aforementioned route!

PROMPT D211 at the summit of the Madeleine

PROMPT D211 at the summit of the Madeleine

PROMPT bikes on Holiday

2 Sep

Below are a few shots of PROMPT bikes on last weeks Alpe d’Huez to Italy tour. We are now approaching the end of the season and so the ex-rental bikes are available to buy as a complete bike (€1200) or frameset (€600). Do not hesitate to contact velo@prompt.cc if interested.

French-Italian Border (Col de Montgenevre)

French-Italian Border (Col de Montgenevre)

Andy on the Col de No-Name (warm-up for the Colle dell'Agnello)

Andy on the Col de No-Name (warm-up for the Colle dell’Agnello)

Chris exhausted atop the Agnel

Chris exhausted atop the Agnel

Andy desperately trying get the whole building into shot!

Andy desperately trying get the whole building into shot!

Prompt & More than 21 bends on the Col d'Izoard

Prompt & More than 21 bends on the Col d’Izoard

Test ride a D211 for free on the Route des Grandes Alpes Tours

1 Jan

During the month of January we are offering free bike hire on the More Than 21 Bends Ultimate Alps Tour and Route des Grandes Alpes Tour.

To qualify for your free Carbon Shimano Ultegra equipped bike you simply need to book either holiday before the end of January 2013.

Holiday Details

3rd – 17th August 2013

More Than 21 Bends are now taking bookings for individuals, couples and groups for their Route des Grandes Alps or Ultimate Alps Tour The point to point fully supported cycling tour tackles 20 cols including Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Col de l’Iseran, Col du Galibier, Col d’Izoard and more as it weaves through the French Alps down to the Mediterranean coast of Menton

Itinerary

Start of Ultimate Alps Tour

  • 3rd August 2013 Arrive in Bourg d’Oisans

  • 4th August Ride Alpe d’Huez

  • 5th August Transfer to Geneva in our mini bus

Route des Grandes Alpes

You can join us just for this part of the holiday

Continuation of Ultimate Alps Tour

  • 15th August Transfer from Menton to Sault

  • 16th August Ride 50%Mont Ventoux

  • 17th August Transfer back to Bourg d’Oisans

Hire Bike Upgrade for 2013

16 Dec

Bike Upgrades

We are pleased to announce that all our 2013 hire fleet have been upgraded with full carbon handlebars, new carbon/alloy FSA stems and carbon bottle cages. We have 15 bikes in stock for 2013 ranging from 49 to 58cm in size both with compact and triple chainsets. In addition Shimano Ultegra now support  a 30 tooth rear cassette. All bikes will be replaced with 30 cassettes when the existing 28 tooth cassette has worn out. Please check each individual bike for more details on our website.

Additional Services for 2013

In addition to the upgrades we are also pleased to announce

  1. A group discount on bike hire starting from 5% for 5 bikes and rising to 15% for all 15 bikes. Discounts will be applied when you pick the bikes up. Please contact us for more information before making your booking
  2. A drop off and pick up service for more than 6 bikes in and around the Oisans area. Minimum hire for this service is 5 days. Discounts above do not apply if the bikes are delivered to you. Please contact us for more details and to check our availability  before making your booking.
  3. All hire bikes will be available to buy at the end of the 2013 season. Prices will start from 1200 euros per bike plus delivery. The bikes will be fully serviced. Again please contact us for more details or have a chat with us when you pick up your bike.

2 PROMPTS complete the Route des Grandes Alpes

6 Aug

More Than 21 Bends have just completed their Route des Grandes Alpes Tour. They had 2 PROMPT D211 on the tour and both successfully completed the 10 day tour. The bikes are taken to the start of the tour and returned at the end of the tour and is the easiest way to get bike hire for the tour