32hrs after crossing the finish line at the 2011 Megavalanche i rode up the Famous '21 Bends' of Alpe D'Huez.
I was my final goal for the week away riding.
So on the evening of monday 11th july (with a 550 mile drive home on the cards early the next day!) i gave it my best shot.
The ascent is 14klm long, climbs around 1000m vertically, along 21 hairpin bends. I was Running 34t up front and 12-27 cassette, off i went. The start was far harder than i imagined, with me being in my lowest gear and putting a lot of pressure through my knees just to reach the first corner!!! i didn't think i'd make it past the 3rd at that point!!!
But kept on trying and finally got to the finish.
Looking at my watch it was around 1.5hrs to ride up, with an avarage of 5.8mph.
(The pros ride up here in around 38minutes!!!!)