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Crafter on Tour

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This is the story of the summer I took my flagship VW Crafter van conversion for a road test around the mountain passes of the French Alps.

Or at least it would be if I had written anything at the time instead of taking photos of my bike. Consider it a work in progress…

A Rock and a high place

No longer bound by the Alpine motorhomers' trail, an impromptu fireworks display still nearly wipes out months of preparation for the ride of my life...

Col de la Madone

Seven time official non-finisher of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, would test himself on this climb from the Mediterranean town of Menton ...

Col de Vars

The Col de Vars (elevation 2108m) is a high mountain pass in the Hautes-Alpes that rises from Barcelonette to the Vars ski station beyond...

Mounting the Bonette

The almost wilfully cruel circular extension that circumnavigates the Cime de la Bonette still doesn't quite make it the highest paved road in Europe...

Alpe d’Huez

The famous 21 switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez rise from the valley of Bourg d'Oisans to its eponymous ski resort some 1 kilometre of gained altitude later...

Croix de Fer

The col de la Croix de Fer is a long and irregular climb that links the Maurienne en Savoie valley to those of Romanche en Isère. ...

Ski Sunday

The off-season ski resort of Vaujany offered the best free camping in the Alps, if you were prepared to play Russian Roulette with your food shopping...

A Dam High Climb

The Cormet de Roselend lies between the Beaufortain and Mont Blanc mountain ranges, linking the towns of Beaufort (of cheese fame) and Bourg St Maurice...

Col de la Colombière

The Col de la Colombière (elevation 1613 m) is a mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Haute-Savoie in France. ...

Col de Joux Plane

The Col de Joux Plane (elevation 1691 m) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in Haute-Savoie, France, linking Morzine with Samoëns. ...