Cyclotour du Leman’s 11th edition was a spectacular showcase of the region of Leman, while it’s relatively flat parcours meant that most accomplished cyclists could manage the 180km at their own pace and still finish in style.
This year’s weather was particularly lovely and the sunrise over the lake and mountains as the peloton thundered through the vineyards and streets of the Montreux corner of the lake at 7 a.m. will not be forgotten any time soon.
Eco-Cyclo was on hand with a team of 10 riders to promote the message of environmentally responsible cycling and to have a bit of fun out on the roads ourselves. Organization has been a strong point for the Cyclotour du Leman and the green zones and ‘ravitaillement’ areas were well marked and executed and, by and large, the participants were respectful of the environment.
An exhilarating 4 hours on the bike culminating with a dash to the finish line with good friends, this is one of the great feelings that we get from cyclosportives, but one that we all take for granted sometimes.
9 months ago, I was visiting my friend and Eco-Cyclo debutant, Duncan Alexander, in the emergency room of the Sallanches hospital.
Duncan had been riding in a cyclosportive and had crashed on a descent and suffered a serious spinal fracture. Duncan’s accident was a wake-up call for myself as I knew what a skilled and smart rider he is and someone that I really look up to on the bike.
His crash reminded me that we are always at risk when participating in cycling and even more so during organised cyclosportives due to the congestion of cyclists involved.
Safety both for the contestants and the environment is paramount!
It has been a long road back for Duncan, but his love of cycling has been a constant companion for him on his road to recovery. I had the pleasure of fighting the wind with him yesterday and hanging onto his wheels as best as I could. It’s good to have him back, and even better now that he is part the Patrol of EcoCyclo helping to spread the message of sustainable cycling!
Photos, thanks to Jim and Sportgraf...