The hills are alive….
May 18, 2012
As the riders set their sights on the fourth stage of the Cycle Slam there was one thing they all shared – conquering the Swiss Alps with 483km and climbing 4,829m in just 4 days.
The fourth stage began in St Moritz, which is well into the formidable Swiss Alps and home of two Winter Olympic Games – so you know they must have experienced some tough climbs.
From all reports the riders were buzzing from the natural beauty of the Alps with its perfect 19c-25c weather and the scenic views – the mountains even induced the odd sing-a-long of ‘the hills are aliveeeee’.
All their singing must have led to some (rain) dancing with the riders experienced their first day of rain.
The rain continued into the next day with the riders even requesting to delay the start to let the rain pass. Unfortunately for them the rain didn’t look like it would clear up so they had to throw on their waterproof clothing and set up for a full day of heavy rain.
Their final day of cycling the fourth stage was a memorable journey. Starting off in Basel, Switzerland, and touching the edge of Germany and then entering France, all within the first 5km of their ride.
Even more memorable was when Sir Richard Branson joined the group for tea. Who knows, if they cancelled on the third day they may missed meeting Sir Richard.
All photos by Robert Cox Photography ©