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There is no doubt that cycling is a drug and for most of us a little bitty thing like Winter isn't going to put us off. Mind you most of us don't go to quite the same lengths as Will to feed our addiction when the thermometer dips. Mind you, most of us don't have a personal target of 160,000 metres of altitude gained for 2008. 

That works out at over 3000m a week. Now it's hilly around here and you can fit 1000m metres in to a 25 mile loop fairly 'easily' but 3000m makes the mind boggle. Will does have the advantage of cycling in the Alps, but that's only an advantage some of the time. Most cyclists probably don't realise this, but the Alps aren't just famous as big mountains for riding up some people like to ski down them and that means snow (and ice) not ideal conditions for the all year round climber. A lesser man might dig out the Tacx iMagic and satisfy himself with riding up a virtual Alpe D'Huez.

Not Will though read his "Six secrets for cycling in the Alps in Winter*" and marvel at what addiction can drive you too.

Chapeaux!

*Okay, they're not secret anymore, but then I don't thin Will needs worry about being jostled by crowds of cyclists as he battles up to the ski station any time soon.

 

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.