Steel bike against the brand new Tour de France climbs: a poor quality investigation


Living in the French Alps, you would think that I have climbed all the monumental mountain passes that the Tour de France has traversed more and more than 100 years. To be honest, I didn’t do it. The Alps can be a touch of dog to move around sometimes; it’s far from a quick ride from here to Annecy to the deepest corners of the mountain range. I admit that I checked a good number, but there is still a lot to clean up from the list. And that’s where my last idea was born. That, and the desire to test a new Ritchey Logic disc.

Without thinking too much, I thought it would be a perfect little challenge to see what the harvest of new climbs would look like.

There are two, climbs that have never been used before but which will be seen in September. One day he climbed up there in legendary status with the Alp d’Huez or the Tourmalet. Exploring these “new” climbs will be a multi-part video series – this is just the first video.

The first step was research. I knew the names and the location, but that was it. I had no idea of ​​their average elevation, distance or slope. Come on, let’s be honest; if they haven’t appeared on a TDF stage yet, they can’t be “all of that”, can they!

You know, when you have these brilliant ideas, it can be really anything. But it has to be a brilliant idea that once you commit to it and actually do a little more research, you realize that this brilliant idea was bordering on an idiot, more difficult than expected, but always exciting.

Well, this is the camp in which my last idea falls squarely. I had seen, like many others, that this year’s Tour would have some new climbs scattered on the course, four climbs that had not been staggered before.

The second part of this video was to find a bike suitable for climbs. I’m sure I could have harassed a brand that makes a light and silly climbing bike by lending me a rig for the rides. But it just seemed a little generic. Instead, I wanted iconic, or more specifically, iconic but modern.

I put in a few probes, asked, and when the good folks at Ritchey heard about my plans, they offered a Logic drive. Perfect. Iconic, modern, yes. But surely steel is not for climbing?

During this summer, I am going to bend over and dive into France taking “up” but focusing on the new “up”. The two main new climbs that the 2020 race will lead (we hope) in the Alps are the Col de la Loze, a giant of 2304 m. It’s the last 7 kilometers that really intrigue me. This final push for the line will be on a cycle track, a narrow strip of tarmac where cars are not allowed. And I hear it’s stiff, stiff crazy in places.

The second climb is the Pyrenean pass of Col de la Hourcère. I haven’t done any research on it, all I know is that luckily I’ll be in this business in a few weeks. I will then do my research, as I said; it wasn’t on the Tour route before so it can’t be all that!

As for this video, I thought I would document the construction of the Ritchey, a bike that if I’m honest, I can’t wait to test it. I have probably been riding a steel racing bike for 20 years. How did they change at that time and does the “old” metal still go well with modern equipment? I will discover.


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