Tours and weekends away
Proposed tours for 2019
David Kurtz is proposing two tours in the Spring and Summer of 2019. At present these are suggestions, not yet fully planned or costed. However, David would welcome feedback and expressions of interest as soon as possible. For the Mallorca trip in particular, bookings will need to be made within the next few weeks as both flights and hotels fill up and become more expensive quite quickly.
Mallorca – before Easter 2019

The proposal is for a fixed-centre week, based in Selva. It is a small town a little north of Inca, at the foot of the Col de sa Batella. There are a few hotels, several restaurants and cafes, and two bike hire operations in the town.

Many of the cols are directly accessible from Selva, and there is easily a week of excellent hill climbing and touring. Most of the cols have a gradient in the 5-6% range over several kilometres, so provide excellent training. There is also the option to find some transport for a couple of days to allow us to access the western end of the Tramuntana.

It is possible to fly with our own bikes, but it is also possible and practical to hire some very high quality road bikes. With a moderate sized group a transfer to/from the airport would be cost effective.

David is proposing travelling out on one of the three weeks in April before Easter, so one of the weeks commencing Saturdays 30 March, 6 April or 13 April 2019. The weather is likely to be warm and sunny.

Contact: David Kurtz07771 760660.

Brevet de Randonneur des Alpes 2019

2019 will see the 50th edition of this alpine randonee. It will take place on either 13/14 July or 20/21 July (depending upon the need to avoid the Tour de France that invariably uses some of the same roads).

There are various options. The basic route includes the Cols de Lautaret, Galibier, Telegraph, and Croix de Fer, with options to include Alp d’Huez (up the hairpins this year), and the Cols de Mollard and Sarenne. While some people do it in a single day, David plans to take two days, as three of the club did in 2017, staying overnight at Valloire and utilising the event baggage service.

The event is organised by Cyclotouristes Grenoblois, who have an extensive website for the event (in French).

The proposal is to take the train to Grenoble. Flying to Lyon is also a possibility. David plans to travel out on the previous weekend, although there is flexibility around this, and then spend the week before the randonnee touring in the area, and if viable watching the Tour de France go past. We would return home on the Monday after the event.

Contact: David Kurtz07771 760660.