Day 8

Venosc to Allevard


69 miles (585 total) / 111 km (942 total)

Elevation gain:

2,074 feet (28,691 total) / 632 m (8,745 total)


And so we say goodbye to the alps, and chalet Michelle, both were amazing and we have great memories of both. The day started late, we didn’t get on the road until after 9:30, partly to say proper goodbyes to Michelle and Bryan who had looked after us fantastically for the past 2 evenings. We can’t recommend this place, and the hosts, highly enough. The place is great, with amazing views, great hosts and wonderful accommodation. From a cycling point of chalet Michelle can’t be beaten. It was sad to say goodbye but we do have a schedule to keep to. We did however leave our mark on the place by setting 2 records for the climb up to the chalet, for both the slowest time ever, and also the fastest time ever with panniers (in the same ride!) We’ve had some great accommodation so far but this tops them all. If you plan a visit to the area do try to book in: Chalet Michelle

As for the ride, we did need to take a short detour for brake pads, the alps had taken its toll on the bikes and both needed new ones, despite all of them being fairly new before the trip! Once back on the road we had a 30 mile descent to look forward to, although as we discovered over the past few days, long descents can have headwinds! We needed to keep pedalling to maintain a descent speed, which can be a bit soul destroying when you’ve put in so must effort to gain the altitude in the first place.

We stopped in Grenoble for a picnic in the park (which sounds much better than the reality!) before setting off for our night’s accommodation. There was one final climb to do, but after the last few days we didn’t really mind.

There’s an 80+ mile day planned for tomorrow, with a fair amount of climbing, so we’re off to sleep now. Good night all 🙂



  1. Hi Uncle Shane and Steve,mums taking a break today and im in charge,zo xcuse speling, your trip sounds grrreat wish I was there to run bzide off to agility this afternoon,but I wont bee running 80 milez. zo have fun :::think:::Life is a journey,not a guided tour…love an woofs

  2. Hello Shane and Steve. Thanks for the glowing report on Chalet Michelle here in Venosc. It was a pleasure looking after you both and helping in some small way towards your goal. I think your “record” for the Chalet Michelle Challenge will stay for some time! Very best wishes to you both and hope the summer cycling schedule goes well. Bryan and Michelle. 😉

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