Team Colombia Alps Tour Photo Bombardment

I have been thinking about how to tackle this project and have decided that the best way to condense 7 very full days in the Alps is to throw a lot of photos your way. I am only 3 weeks away from the Haute Route, and 2 kg north of where I was before this tour happened, so you’ll forgive me if I am not too loquacious this time around.

Below is a selection of the tons of pictures we took. The rest are on my FB page, if you just can’t get enough of either Colombians or The Alps.

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John, herding Camilo into one of our vans – Nice.

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The old town of Briancon, where we had our welcome dinner the first night.


First group photo – Highway rest stop, somewhere between Le Sud and Les Alps.


Chez Bear – HQ for the first 3 nights.

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Carlos leading the peloton on our first ride – Nevache.


Possibly looking back into Italy, on our first day.


A fit-looking crew, I think you’ll agree.


Cycling Languedoc Mobile, at your service.


Ride in the morning, watch the TdF in the afternoon. If it gets any better than this, I’d like to know how.

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Day Two: before a double ascent of Col du Galibier.

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Colombian paceline – Lautaret.

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Colombian paceline: squint hard.

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Galibier 1


Galibier 2


Galibier 3


Galibier 4

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Col d’Izoard, Day 3

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A familiar sight – Andres reaching Col d’Izoard first.


Pavement Cam action shot 1


Pavement Cam action shot 2


Pavement Cam action shot 3


Pavement Cam action shot 4


Federico, Alfredo and German – Izoard.


Possibly the Col de la Bonette.

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More probably the Col de la Bonette


Pretty definitely the Col de la Bonette


German – Birthday Boy


HQ2: Hotel Montana, Le Sauze


Beautiful Cayolle climb – Mercantour National Park


Some confusion as to who was first up the Col de la Cayolle.


Cycling Languedoc – looking pro.


We weren’t the only circus in town – Annot


HQ3: don’t ask


Breaking into HQ3 through the bathroom window. Don’t ask either.

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Last day on the road together.

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A final drink…or three. Nice.


Bike porn 1


Bike porn 2


Bike porn 3


Bike porn 4


Bike porn 5


Bike porn 6


Bike porn 7


Bike porn 8


Bike porn 9

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One last group photo before a 5-star splash-out at the Negresco Hotel in Nice.

This, our first real tour of any size, went amazingly well if we don’t say so ourselves. John and I started working on this last November and I think I spoke more with him in those 8 months than I did with Shoko. It was a full-time job for most of that time. Either hard work paid off or we struck gold with our group. Possibly the latter. It helped enormously that we had a great bunch of solid, well-trained riders to guide. Even more important was that they were a friendly, easy-going bunch.

If you and your friends consider yourselves to be something similar, John and I would love to show you through The Alps. Okay, even if you’re not, we’ll give it a shot!


10 thoughts on “Team Colombia Alps Tour Photo Bombardment

  1. ahem, ahem, cough, cough…1st things first…who is that pretty young woman watching the tour with you guys..funny, you make no mention of her….quite suspicious I think
    them boys got some serious there an extra Colnago C59 disc layin’ around somewhere?
    anyway..a million congratulations to both you and John for giving these guys a class A tour..I can’t imagine the logistics involved and the patience required..I truly applaud you guys.

    and by the way, did you use ‘loquacious’?..

    • I’m not sure where that word came from, but once it popped up I knew I needed to use it.

      You noticed the girl. How surprising! That was Patricia, Andres’ girlfriend and 3rd van driver on the trip. She was a trooper, especially considering the testosterone-estrogen ratio on the trip.

      And yeah, these guys had some seriously nice bikes. John actually briefly had the DeRosa and a C59 at his house after the tour, but I think DHL has come and taken them away. Must be quicker next time.

    • Thanks, Suze. The ‘rig’ is rented, but they were great machines for the job. And yes, The Alps are quite nice. You should try them sometime!

  2. Congratulations on a job well done. Top rate. Beautiful photos. Finishing off at the Negresco was a very nice touch. And I have to echo Stephen’s comments on your third driver. 😎 And a nice touch by you to get Quintana to finish on the podium for the Columbians. I am assuming that with the 2 kg gain, you weren’t on the bike as much as you would have liked. Or is that pre-HR beefing up?

    • Luc, thanks a lot. I was driving the whole time. I did two short climbs – that’s all I could find the time for. Lots of ‘good’ carbs on this trip, though!

      Looking forward to seeing you soon. Email me with your details (e.g. hotel in Geneva, arrival day, etc) and hopefully we can see each other before the race begins.

  3. Gorgeous photos, Gerry! Good luck with the remainder of your training for HR. Not sure how frequently you’ll be able to keep things up dated during the event (if at all), but I’ll try to keep up with you guys.

    • Thanks, Aaron. I’m going to try and update nightly, in some way or form. I doubt there’ll be many photos, though, unless it’s of my compression-socked legs!

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