grade – It’s a small California based start up with big designs on breaking into the cycle clothing market. At the end of 2016 they tagged me in and Instagram post and the next thing I know – I’ve signed a sponsored athlete deal to work with them. As a founder member it feels great to be part of a brand that goes to the heart of what I love most about cycling – Climbing.
As a kid I used to race home to watch the 30 mins of coverage of The Tour on channel 4 and catch a glimpse of Robert Millar smashing it up and other greats like Roche, Delgado and Indurain.
These days I ride with my local club and focus my efforts on riding in the Alps once a season with a few big sportives and this year possibly a return to racing in some form – watch this space.
My last trip to the Alps saw us cover off 400 miles and 15,000m of climbing, with the Queen stage including the Croix De Fer, Telegraph and Galibier.
This year we have designs on a 5000m day as the big day out. It will start at our base in Nancroix a sleepy village in the National Park at just over 1330m where our travel partner 1330roadcycling.com take its name from. We will ride for about an hour and forty to the base of the Madalaine where the pain really starts. Once over the top we head to the Glandon another beautiful but very contrasting HC climb before finishing on Alpe D’huez. It will be a very tough day on the bike. Will I be able to make the Grade ? My objective is to be fit enough to finish this day without feeling totally broken ! Follow my journey as I make my preparation @jondturner – on Instagram.
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