Steve Wartenberg cycles on the D4 road to the summit of the Col de la Colombiere, near the village of Le Reposoir, in the French Alps. Photo: AP
Steve Wartenberg cycles on the D4 road to the summit of the Col de la Colombiere, near the village of Le Reposoir, in the French Alps. Photo: AP
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Biking up monster Tour de France climb in the Alps made to look easy by guide, who’s done it over 50 times. It’s anything but for an amateur cyclist, but worth it

  • The 17.6km Col de la Colombiere, in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps, was as stunning as it was challenging for Steve Wartenberg
  • Ridden 23 times in the world’s greatest cycling race, the gradient averages 6.5 per cent, and at the top 11 per cent. But the views are magnificent

Steve Wartenberg cycles on the D4 road to the summit of the Col de la Colombiere, near the village of Le Reposoir, in the French Alps. Photo: AP
Steve Wartenberg cycles on the D4 road to the summit of the Col de la Colombiere, near the village of Le Reposoir, in the French Alps. Photo: AP
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