After the Haute Route in 2015, and again in 2016, we asked our clients the following four questions:
- What was most positive about your experience with Alpine Cols Race Services?
- Can you quantify the positional gains you made thanks to our advice and support (e.g. how many places?)
- What did you learn thanks mostly to us?
- If you were to repeat with us next year, what should we do differently to improve the experience for you?
Here are their answers:
David (AZ, USA) – Dolomites 2016
- You and your team were amazing. I’m so glad that I made that decision.
- The biggest advantage for me, as someone who came alone, was having a group of people around me who had all the answers to my questions and were an immediate support network. That was crucial. It would have been a tough go on my own sorting out all the details on and off the bike.
- Rachel was instrumental in my recovery and increased strength as the week wore on. My legs felt better day 7 than day 1!! I think the order of massage based on finish time worked well as there was not a lot of waiting around after the stage.
- The feed station was always a welcome sign and having the ability to stash extra kit with you proved very crucial on a few stages. Marie-Ann was always very helpful getting me refueled and on my way.
- I’m sure I gained places in the GC through the coaching by Yannick but hard to quantify. He was truly valuable in helping me pace my effort day after day and helped me finish stronger as the week went on. I think stage 2 derailed my chances of a high finish due to jet lag but I felt better every day that passed.
- Again Yannick was very helpful with the pacing up the climbs and from day to day depending on how I felt. He gave me some useful tips along the way that I can use every ride. He was also just good company and you could tell very well respected by the rest of the peloton.
- I’m not sure if anything needs to be altered with your formula. I guess if you had a full-service mechanic to do any tweaks/repairs after the stage that might be handy but Mavic was certainly great.
- I will certainly book with you next time as well. I am considering the Pyrenees for 2017.
Bruno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Alps & Dolomites 2016
- The most positive aspect is to be part of a group. This helped me specially during the first week as I was alone. On more practical terms a) having the support stations during the race, especially handing over bottles and food quickly and having possibility to get (or get rid off) clothes; b) having a place to arrive and sit down; c) having the excellent massage are really important to make the HR experience the best one possible.
- Not sure how many places but I’d say about 5′ per day on some of the stages and a much more confortable day on other stages (depending If the support station was on timed or neutralized areas)
- One of the most important aspects for me was the planning for next day’s clothing strategy
Vatzlav (Mexico) – Dolomites 2016
- I always felt absolutely supported by the Alpine Cols Team. This is a tough race and knowing I had your support make me feel really confident about all the experience. I will absolutely recommend it to any rider which makes their first attempt at this great journey.
- Rachel and Marie Anne were absolutely the greatest support ever!!! Always with a great smile and ready to cheer us up!!!
- I hope I can convince my friends to make it the next year (the Pyrenees preferably) so please be advice that probably you will need to deal with a bunch of Mexicans!!!
- To pace myself, attacking the curves while climbing the Cols, descending with a lower gravity center position.
- Spend more time with specific technical points prior to the next stages and be more specific with strategies in clothing or attacking. I read all the emails and they contained great information but it will always be better to receive it also in person and with examples. This will make the dynamic more “educational” and will allow us to make questions.
Marcio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Dolomites 2016
The support I received from you and your team played a very important role in my race. I don’t know if I could make it without you.
James (Berkshire, UK) – Dolomites 2016
- I don’t think I will ever deserve to be called an accomplished cyclist but I’m certain without Alpine Cols (AC) support DNF would have been my accomplishment last week so to that end AC benchmark certainly exceeded.
- Although I didn’t get to meet know all those under the AC wing as well as I would have liked, (usually because I was last to arrive!), the exclusivity and camaraderie of being part of a small team made for a much more personal and encouraging experience, especially given my novice status.
- I cannot give enough praise to all your lieutenants, Stephane’s patience in particular, Yannick for dragging me up San Gottardo, MA for her nourishment, and Rachel for her hands and banter!
- A finish is obviously better than DNF – not sure how you quantify that?
- Three things: how to descend safely, the importance of increasing cadence, and that I need more coaching!
- Try to make a more specific personalised plan for the following day, not that I was too worried and I know mishaps happen.
- Provide more background on the group ahead of our first meeting
- Rather than rely on email arrange a 5 minute telephone conversation with your “clients” to get a better feel of their aspirations.
Jon (Canada) – Pyrenees 2015
- All in all, the experience I had with Alpine Cols this year made a huge difference to me versus last year when I rode Haute Alps without any support.
- The people. Great crew, extremely professional.
- Approximately 30 minutes or 15 spots.
- Ride in a smaller gear/higher cadence; it left energy in the tank for much stronger finishes.
- Tough question. I personally would have taken better advantage of the mid-race support (i.e. dropped clothing off, mixed some extra water bottles, etc., which I did not do much of).
Bruno (Brazil) – Alps 2015
- Thank you for all your support during HR Alps.
- I really enjoy the services you provided. The briefings were very useful, support on feed stations as well but I guess what I enjoyed most is to have a place to go immediately after each stage to get some food, sit down and most important of all a very good massage. That really made a difference in terms of recovery.
- Hard to quantify. My goal during this year HR was to finish well and I was very pleased with the results.
- Clothing strategy for the bad weather. Using 2 jerseys on the second stage really made a difference in terms of being comfortable during the entire stage. I would not have thought about it.
- A proper bike stand next to the tent [YES WE WILL HAVE ONE IN 2016]
- Pump [IN FACT WE HAD TWO WITH US]
- After stage debriefing/coach’s corner [THIS IS AVAILABLE ON A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS]
Antti (Finland) – Dolomites 2015
- Most positive was your team’s attitude. You were positive, helpful, smiling, cheering and always available!
- I would say I gained some 50 places just because I was able to have extra clothes or give away unnecessary clothes when needed.
- Because of your excellent briefing email every evening I didn’t need necessary to go to the official stage briefings. Due to that I was able to take the last massage sessions and because there was nobody waiting after me, those took easily an hour instead of 15min.
- Please provide a bag or basket where to drop things if in a hurry [YES WE WILL DO THIS IN 2016]
David (Australia) – Dolomites 2015
- Being able to drop off clothes at top of cols – especially 1st col of day 6 – after that I was warm and dry for the rest of the day when many people caught the sag wagon from 2nd col where timing finished.
- Email briefings – particularly valuable for laggards who finished late and so were short on recovery time.
- Recovery brew – Marvin’s Magic Mix
- Having a little “family” for the event to look forward to seeing every day.
- I can’t really quantify any gains since as you know I was basically just riding to complete and support my wife.
- Equally can’t really say that I learned anything directly from Alpine Cols. However did appreciate the daily advice and sounding board on dressing for the conditions.
- If I was to come back to race, the only thing I would change would be the food – but that is highly personal [WE ARE REVIEWING THIS FOR 2016 TO TRY TO TAKE MORE PERSONAL PREFERENCES INTO ACCOUNT]
Daniel (Switzerland) – Dolomites 2015
- The availability of the service. Whenever I needed support it was there. With 2 cars providing support at the stages there is enough coverage. Especially it improved my recovery.
- I think 5-7 places at least. Mainly because we could prepare bottles and gels (and didn’t have to fill them at the crowded feed stations) but also the easy access to clothes (or that we didn’t have them to wear with us all the time)
- Take briefing seriously, especially the one from Alpine Cols, riding strategy from Olivier
- actually there is nothing I can think off. The service was as expected and it was a super extra level of comfort which made my riding easier
Aaron (Brazil) – Alps 2015
- As a very late entry into the Haute Route Alps I’d say I had much less preparation in terms of studying the course, logistics etc and I was very happy to have Alpine Cols there as an external support provider. To know who would be on top of which cols with my personal food/drink/clothing was for me the most valued benefit of your service.
- I found leaving my backpack with you and just 10-12 others far more comforting than a truck filled with 590 others! When it comes to passports, permanent resident ID cards and other very difficult to replace items like these – your assistance increased my comfort level – i.e. one less thing to worry about!
- I think the Haute Route organization does a fantastic job in analyzing the course and pointing out the danger zones – and your follow-up email was a solid conformation and re-enforced this information.
- It was my first go and would be hard to quantify this though atop some of the cols when I dropped clothing I did find myself cooler, lighter and more aero on the long descents!
- Your cornering tips were helpful!
- You might consider the occasional rendezvous at the base of certain climbs as well as atop cols if the HR allows [UNFORTUNATELY ASSISTANCE IS ONLY PERMITTED IN THE OFFICIAL FEED ZONES]
Manuele (Italy) – Alps 2015
- The experience was really positive
- Very difficult. Some days 10 positions but other days perhaps 50
- I learned the importance of briefing (your mail in the evening)
- Some more food at the arrival. [OK FOR 2016] Interesting could be some training advices in the last months
Philip (London, UK) – Alps 2015
- For me it was the massage and support from Anna – she is exceptional
- Also liked speaking to the Olivier to see if he had any tips at the start
- Enjoyed seeing other Alpine Cols clients out on the road or coming back in to base
- I hopefully avoided any mistakes but not sure that your support helped me gain any actual places
- The Compex was good but not sure how much it helped as has never used before – but certainly didn’t hinder
- Nothing really over and above the info that was shared in the daily briefing
- The biggest one would be to be at the finish when I get there [AGREED 100% THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN]
- Get a bike rack so bikes are all left leaning against the tent [YES FOR 2016]
- Have a cooler box so you can get cold drinks at the end – especially when hot [YES FOR 2016]
- Have a bin there and ready to empty pockets etc on arrival [YES]
- Try to add more value to the briefing over and above what is given in the general briefing (felt like most were just the same) [YES]
Eric (Lyon, France) – Alps 2015
- Juste un petit message pour te remercier toi et toute ton équipe pour votre support durant cette HR des Alpes 2015. Un grand plaisir, une belle aventure sportive et surtout humaine que Patrice et moi faisons grâce à vous dans d’excellentes conditions. Un grand merci à Anna pour ses massages précieux, à Olivier et Stéphane pour leurs encouragements sur les routes.
- En règle générale le fait d’avoir des ravitaillements plus dégagés que ceux de la Haute Route pris d’assaut.
- Le confort des massages avec la même personne qui peut ainsi suivre l’évolution musculaire au fil de la progression de la course
- Le support des coureurs Alpine Cols et/ou leurs conseils
- Le résumé du debrief quotidien qui ainsi évite d’y aller physiquement : un vrai plus !
- Difficile à chiffrer mais il y a un gain de temps indiscutable à ne pas faire la queue aux ravitos, aux massages (donc sur la récup quotidienne)
- Manger boire régulièrement : à l’inverse de l’année dernière : aucune crampe, douleurs maitrisées
- Je pense qu’il y aurait un plus à prévoir les massages dans une pièce dédiée et fermée (en particulier pour les femmes). [D’ACCORD, MALHEUREUSEMENT DIFFICILE A REALISER]
Marc (Canada) – Pyrenees 2015
- The people – staff and other riders.
- Not really. I was riding to survive respectably not to place. Things might be different next year. However, I would not have survived without the expert massages and the camaraderie.
- I will never sleep in a camper van!
- Make some kit available that fits the average chunky North American [AGREED AND APOLOGIES FOR THIS]
Christine (Switzerland) – Pyrenees 2015
- The most positive part is the assistance generally speaking (in the morning, afternoon etc) and the presence on the top of the cols.
- Charlie and Rachel’s massages and smiles really helped a lot too!
- But also the presence of Yannick during the last day’s ride, that was just great help!!
- Next time when I will be in a better shape, I can give you the positional gains
- I realised better the descent techniques
- Not differently just a suggestion for extra services you might want to provide on top: provide also hotel arrangement nearby the start and dinner arrangements for such HR event? [ARRANGING HOTELS IS OUT OF OUR FIELD, BUT DINNER YES!]
Marshall (Canada) – Pyrenees 2015
- Firstly thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to enjoy the services of Alpine Cols. I have and will recommend it to anyone considering the HR.
- Your service is invaluable for anyone not coming with a group or team. You created a camaraderie amongst the riders which is very important. You started the rebuild process as soon as the rider crossed the line which as you know but many don’t is critical to success the next day.
- I don’t know that I got to enjoy this as much as Jon but your services definitely helped me survive the Tourmalet which eventually allowed me to start moving up places in the final couple of days. I went from 212 to 189 although I never focused on placement but having the personal support was without a doubt helpful.
- Your descending tips proved very helpful. Your email updates were excellent!
- I think having access to gear on more than one col a day would be amazing. I personally struggle with temperature swings and having access to gear as weather changes would be a real help for me. [AGREED, JUST NEEDS BETTER PLANNING & COORDINATION BETWEEN US]
Shane (Amsterdam) – Pyrenees 2015
- One, again that feeling of belonging to the group and knowing that someone is looking out for you, giving me that little bit of extra peace of mind which allowed me to really push myself confidently.
- Two, being able to speak to the person who coached me for the last few months and get some extra advice and feedback during the race.
- Three, those really great physios that you brought along that kept me in race shape for the week.
- Last year during the Alps, my goal was top 50%. I just barely made it. This year, my goal was top-100, and I was already in the top-100 at the end of the first day. I steadily climbed the rankings each day until I ended up 64th, far better than my original goal.
- With all of the coaching and feedback I received, I learned how to best manage my effort and keep myself going. I also learned how to correctly build up to such a big event.
- I don’t think you need to change anything. I wish the organization would change the rules to let you help us outside the feed zones, but in the end it’s not such a big deal.
Jean-Claude (Switzerland) – Pyrenees 2015
- Je tiens à te redire tous mes remerciements pour tes conseils avisés et tes encouragements. Tu es vraiment entouré par une équipe formidable, très sympathique et surtout très compétente. Si je m’inscris à la Haute Route des Dolomites 2016, je reprends le même service auprès d’Alpine Cols en espérant qu’il y aura toujours une personne du team qui parle français !
- Soutien technique et logistique immédiats, à proximité du départ, c’était parfait !
- Compétence globale de l’équipe Alpine Cols parfaite, direction, managers, masseuses
- Une semaine vécue avec une équipe chaleureuse et sympathique
- Je peux effectivement quantifier les compétences de Marvin et Olivier, sans leurs conseils, je n’aurai pas participé à la HRDP 2015.
- Je relève également le plaisir que j’ai eu à rouler temporairement avec Yannick et Stéphane, un plaisir incroyable, ils avaient toujours le bon rythme et les bons mots pour me motiver.
- J’ai beaucoup appris avec l’équipe Alpine Cols. Les conseils prodigués lors du stage et après le stage de la Clusaz ont porté leurs fruits.
- J’ai effectivement modifié ma manière de m’entraîner, ce qui m’a fait progresser et permis ma participation à la HRDP 2015.
- Rien !
Stéphanie (Paris, France) – Pyrenees 2015
- I know you know but your coaches are awesome in all regards!
- Very friendly and comforting team, it makes a huge difference to gather as a group in the morning and after the race. It really feels like a family. Any sport champions (also I am not one) would tell you that the social environment is part of success and resilience in sport events and this is a crucial aspect of the Alpine Cols support in the Haute Route
- Hard to tell but without the coaches helping on the flat sections and having the right words when you are ready to break, we probably would not even be ranked. Many thanks to Stephane for saying the right thing at the top of the Tourmalet when after many mechanical problems, I thought I was done and to Yannick for “pulling the train” on the last section
- Always good advice technical and mental. the coaches are pro level!
- Everything can always be better but this is excellent value for money and all I ask for is the same team! [YOU CAN COUNT ON US!]
Chris (Surrey, UK) – Pyrenees 2015
- For me the most positive thing has to be the excellent post-race physio, I had one HR massage and it was useless. The girls had so much knowledge but beyond that they had so much positive energy, it really was a great way to recover. There are also huge benefits to having our own feed stations pre, during and at the end of the race.
- Yes, my gains would have to have something to do with Alpine Cols, excellent recovery, detailed briefing, good atmosphere pre and post-race, passing comments from the coaches, a brief “bravo” from Olivier did wonders for my ego! And gave me the confidence to keep pushing.
- This time it was about getting inside knowledge of the routes from Yannick
- Nothing: This year was so much better having 2 vehicles
Kazim (Doha, Qatar) – Pyrenees 2015
- In short I would really like to thank the entire team. It was just a great experience doing my first Haute Route with you guys. I will surely take your services if I do the Haute Route again. Can’t really think of anything more you guys could have done.
- Being part of a team. Sharing a common goal. Having a dedicated station every time. The ease of changing clothes, picking or dropping them helped a lot. The summary for the next stage. Having a rider along with you supporting and encouraging you was brilliant and very helpful. The massages from Rachel and Charlie were very helpful for me. Their expertise helped me complete the event.
- I can easily say 10-15 positions gained.
- How to handle a multi-day event in terms of preparation, on and off the bike activities.
- Can’t really think of anything more you guys could have done. Maybe you could think of having a complete tour package along with existing services. Like doing hotel etc also. [THIS IS OUT OF OUR AREA, WE PREFER TO FOCUS ON JUST THE RACE SERVICES]
Gherardo (Italy) – Pyrenees 2015
- Bottles on the fly were absolutely essential in order to make a good result.
- Olivier: his help was very helpful, especially in the long hilly valleys before the big climbs in order to stay in the front of the peloton.
- It’s difficult to quantify the number of positions but for sure 10/20 positions. It counts a lot!
Mike (Yorkshire, UK) – Pyrenees 2015
- Having a shared group experience
- Possibly 50 places
- How to descend quickly and safely
- Nothing much – I think you got it about right considering how everyone’s needs were different
Eric (Canada) – Pyrenees 2015
- I would like to express my thanks for the support provided by the entire Alpine Cols group. It certainly makes the challenge of a tough event more manageable.
- Everything from the pre-race briefings and advice, to enroute support, the coaching along the course, and finally the post-race physio support are all well done.
HAUTE ROUTE 2014
David (Essex) – Alps 2014
I would like to thank you and your team (especially Stephane!) for your support during one of the most incredible weeks of my life!
I have now had time to reflect on the event and even the pain and suffering of Stage 3 hasn’t dented the sense of achievement and fun I had during that epic ride! You and George were always a welcome sight wherever you set up the Alpine Cols shop during the ride and also at the finish of each day.
As you know I did this event on my own and at the beginning it was particularly comforting to ride with the other Alpine Cols riders as well as Stephane, I made a lot of new friends!
During the actual stages Stephane was an immense help by either pacing us or encouraging us to push that little bit harder! He was drifting up and down the peloton and always made sure we were alright! On stage 5 he pulled Stephanie & I along for almost 70km at speeds I have never ridden at before!! He is an extremely gifted cyclist.
Thank you for the photos, they go a long way to capturing the spirit and camaraderie of the week.
I am already looking forward to spending a bit of time in La Clusaz with Alpine Cols next year so please keep me in touch with the programs for next year!
Stéphanie (London) – Alps 2014
Very nice team spirit and it does make a huge difference in these kinds of effort. The separation was a bit fast at arrival but maybe we’ll ride again together with Alpine Cols in the beautiful French Alps.
A special thanks to Marvin, Olivier, Stephane and George for all the support. And a very very special thanks to Stephane “the pink TGV” as many riders called him on the road. I would probably not have made all the stages without him.
Chris (Surrey) – Alps 2014
Wow what a week that was, words fail me. I really wish that I had kept a diary of the week, as so much was happening I’m concerned that I will not remember all that went on, it already seems like a long time has passed.
Marvin, you had a great team around you, I managed to get behind Olivier a couple of times and I think I could have free wheeled and had time for an espresso, whilst being pulled along. It would have been good to get to know the other riders better, but with the pressure of logistics etc, there never seemed to be the time, although Bruno and I did spend most of the week together! I’m really missing the mountains and am quite jealous of the riders on the Haute Route Pyrenees.
Thanks for all your help during the HR, it was an amazing week, great people and great rides, the only sad thing is that it’s already becoming a distant memory.
Karina (Brazil) – Pyrenees 2014
I just want to once again thank you for your hard work during last week.
There is no possible way you could do a better job. You were simply perfect. You always think in advance about our needs and did everything with care and perfection. On top of that you are a great person to be with and we were very fortunate to have you with us.
Thank you! Muito obrigada!
Dear Marvin and Anna,
Thanks so much for your support during and after each day.
Anna, your massages and the conversation during it were a wonderful refreshment every day.
Andre and I said several times that you are the excellent part of the excellence package :-)
Hope you all have arrived well and safe back home.
Take care and we hope to meet you again some day
John (Alicante) – Alps 2014
Hi Marvin – it was obviously a very unexpected bonus for me to be receive the services of you and your team but there is no doubt it helped me enormously to make the most of the week. There is a lot of logistical stress/pressure to deal with each day in addition to the riding and by taking away a lot of those things life was made a whole lot easier. Not needing to worry about bags, carrying too much or too little food, carrying extra clothing etc. was a great help from you. Also not needing to remember too much of the day’s route knowing you would be there to let me know what the next section involved was great. One of my best days was the rainy Tuesday when I actually got a good ranking on the Alpe and on the Glandon and that was because I had a complete change of clothing at the top of the Glandon waiting for me.
George is obviously a class act when it comes to physio and was always positive and professional and always on schedule so no waiting. Olivier was just brilliant. He would help any rider gain several minutes per stage through his pacing and his encouragement.
I really feared that I would be so tired after the first day or two I would need to quit. But, as the week progressed, I felt fitter and stronger and actually really enjoyed it from the rainy day onwards. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Alpine Cols team for looking after me so well. I would like to thank, in particular, George for rebuilding me each day and Olivier who was simply superb at getting me through some of the week’s biggest challenges.
On the road, the highlight of the week was not the Alpe, or Ventoux or the Glandon – it was, in fact, the last climb of the last day, Col de Vence, when my legs were firing on all cylinders and with Olivier in front we smashed through several groups of riders and got faster and faster as we approached the finish. I just kept asking him to go harder and harder and he judged it perfectly. For a change, I felt I was actually racing rather than just surviving. We finished with the 103rd fastest time which was my best result of the week.
Chapeau to everyone for the journey and to your own successes, I hope one day we will ride together again. Good luck and good fortune.
Eric (Ontario) – Dolomites 2014
Marvin, I would like you to pass on my expression of thanks to Olivier for his exceptional aid with me especially, and also to “Charlie”, and the whole crew of Alpine Cols for a short but memorable Haute Route experience.
I hope to be back to hopefully successfully complete what I started and if possible to use the valued service of Alpine Col.
Regards and hope to keep in touch
Craig (Geneva) – Dolomites 2014
….it was indeed tough but I really enjoyed it and thanks to u guys it did for sure make it a little easier…and thank goodness u guys were there as the weather was so up and down that it helped to have the option to drop off or pick up clothes. Also the after race recovery food/drink was a big help as I know from previous Haute Routes it can seem simple but become complicated trying to get all this organized yourself between lunch/showers/massage/fixing bikes etc.
Charlie and the massage service were fantastic and she definitely was a winner….great idea and would keep this service going.
I will for sure use you guys again next year as for me it was worth every penny….even just the informal chats sitting around after the ride was awesome and I felt I got to know u guys rather well in a week and I enjoyed it.
Roberto (Choëx) – Pyrenees 2014
Dear Anna !
It is thanks to your massages and morning (early) kisses that we all made a success of our challenge, thank you Anna, you are the best !
I hope to see you next time in the Dolomites !
François-Xavier (Muraz-Collombey) – Pyrenees 2014
Je sors gentiment de la bulle Haute Route. Ce fût une très belle semaine, riche en émotions et en belles rencontres.
Je te remercie pour tout ton soutien et tes conseils durant cette semaine. Remercie aussi de ma part Anna et Yannick, j’ai beaucoup apprécié leur présence.
Encore un grand merci pour tout, ce fût une expérience unique et peut-être à bientôt sur de nouveaux cols.
Christian (Geneva) – Alps 2014
Thanks again for the support provided by everyone at Alpine Cols!
Special thoughts go to:
Stephane, who has taught me that the sentence “on part tranquille au debut de l’etape” may indeed have a flexible meaning… and who was a great support when completing the rainy stage,
Olivier, whom I mostly saw from behind when racing…
David, thanks to whom the headwind and rain in Madeleine were overcome,
Bruno, the double cinglé du Ventoux, for his positive mind,
Of course, Marvin, whose potions magiques, kind words and patience, were always appreciated when reaching the fushia tent, and Emmanuelle for her good spirit,
And all other fellow riders who have made it !!!!!
Shane (Haarlem) – Alps 2014
I would like to quote John here – “A lot of the credit for that goes to the Alpine Cols team for looking after me so well.” Just having that peace of mind and the extra support knowing there was someone else there looking out for me was a big confidence boost going into some of these stages. The social aspect of it was great as well, being able to recognize a few others out there and help each other out. Having people to talk to and share experiences after the racing was nice too. I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Eric (Lyon) – Alps 2014
A quick note to thank you all again for your warm welcome everyday on the Haute Route.
For the daily pre-ride drink and post ride mixture, for Anna’s massage and magic bandages, for Yannick’s wheel on the long rides and fast descents and encouraging from the cockpit provided by Stephane up until last climb.
Sergio (Lisbon) – Triple Crown 2014
After almost one month after the finish of the Haute Route Triple Crown I would like to express a few words:
The three weeks journey during Haute Route Triple Crown passing by the Dolomites, the Alps and the Pyrenees were a life time experience. I can say with no doubt that it was physically and mentally the hardest thing I have done. But saying this I can also say that it was the most spectacular and most gratifying of all!!
After having decided to do the Triple Crown I also decided to have the support of Alpine Cols and I must say it was a wise decision. During a so long and demanding challenge all the extra help and support is very welcome and the Alpine Cols support was extremely good with all the staff very friendly and expert. I can enumerate some of the things I found extremely important:
1. The riders briefing the night before each stage
2. The energy food and drinks before, during and just after the stage
3. The support that every time was possible of the Alpine Cols coaches during the stages
4. The massages just after the stages were also incredibly good for recovery
5. Last but not least, all the mental support given by all the staff
After having many unlucky days with mechanical problems and also two crashes the Alpine Cols support was crucial to keep me mentally focused on the main objective which for me was to go till the end being as competitive as possible.
So to you Marvin and all Alpine Cols Staff a big THANK YOU!! For sure I will come back again!!!