One of the latest adventures for the XPDTN3 team saw them take their gravel bikes to the Alps to explore the the on and off-road routes around Talloires, before tackling the route for the increasingly popular Tour de la Resistance, a one-day gravel ride event in September covering 132km through the mountains.
Three days of gravel riding with distances that would seem tame on the road is no easy task, but they set out on day one for a 105km loop starting from the stunning views alongside Lake Annecy before the route turned upwards. Discovering a different type of gravel from recent ventures, the 3T Exploro bikes were well within themselves to deal with what lay ahead, even if the riders were a little newer to it.
The group ticked off several noteworthy climbs over the course of the three days in the saddle, including Col de Champ Laurent, the Col du Grand Cucheron on day one, the spectacular Lacets de Montvernier and the testing Col de Madeleine on day two, before the Col d’Aravis and Col des Glieres on day three, amongst others.
The day has offered a real physical and mental beating, the reality of the riding far exceeding the previously viewed statistics of the route. We look ahead to the following days with pessimism as to how achievable they will be.
Despite the long days and testing terrains reducing the numbers to just two by the final ascent of the trip, the riders were still in merry spirits with stunning backdrops of Mont Blanc and the Alpine range keeping the leg pain at bay.
The trip was challenging from start to finish. This region is undoubtedly a cycling paradise with untold number of riding routes and gravel playgrounds on offer.
In total, the trip covered 355km over the three days, which included 8,218m of altitude gain, with not a drop of rain in sight. Tire choice was unanimous in 650bx45 to manage the rock-strewn ascents and descents along the way, while a gearing of 38×42 at its lowest was the preferred choice.
XPDTN3 travel around the world exploring the road unridden together with their custom Scicon AeroComfort ROAD 3.0 TSA Bike Travel Bags to keep their 3T Exploro bikes safe and secure. Take inspiration from their journeys and #bringyourbike!