A French Tour with Brodie Chapman

In celebration of this year’s inaugural Tour de France Femmes, FulGaz ambassador and pro-cyclist Brodie Chapman shares with us a collection of her favourite rides through France. A mix of epic climbs from the Tour and charming French villages, this collection will have you gearing up to test yourself against the best.

ALPE D'HUEZ

The word 'iconic' is often over-used in cycling, but its application to the wiggling climb up Alpe d'Huez is entirely justified. This fearsome climb made its 30th appearance in the 2018 Tour, with Geraint Thomas reaching the summit ahead of his rivals before going on to win in Paris. New 4K version.

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12.80km
DISTANCE
01:07:36
DURATION
1065m
ELEVATION

BALCONY ROAD OF THE RIVER LOT

A balcony road is one that is carved out of rock faces, and the Route Départementale D662 is a very scenic example of one in SW France above the Lot River. This flat ride linking the two small towns of Cajarc and Saint-Géry is interspersed with views of the Lot and pretty villages with the towering yellow stone cliff face always present. Saint-Géry was visited by the Tour de France in 2017.

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32.86km
DISTANCE
1:09:19
DURATION
73m
ELEVATION

COL DE L'ENCRENAZ

A short, rolling climb on empty roads in the Haute Savoie ski-area backcountry. The ride begins with a short warm up before tackling the climbing segment.

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6.23km
DISTANCE
00:24:21
DURATION
279m
ELEVATION

MONT VENTOUX FROM MALAUCèNE

Make sure you are fuelled-up before you set off from Malaucène, as you prepare for the 21km ascent. With an average gradient of 7.5%, don’t be fooled into going too hard too early, at around the halfway point, the road kicks up to 11% for three kilometres. There is nowhere to hide on this straight section of road but grind through and look forward to upcoming relief, with the road flattening out to 4% for the following few kilometres. In true Mont Ventoux style, the final kilometres ramp up again, sticking above 8% to test you on this famous climb that has pushed many Tour de France legends to their limit. Mont Ventoux has appeared in the Tour de France 18 times, first in 1951 and most recently in 2021.

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20.57km
DISTANCE
1:19:56
DURATION
1567m
ELEVATION

VILLAGES EN PROVENCE

A circular and hilly anti-clockwise tour of the Calavon valley in Provence, France. There are some long, steady climbs on each side of the valley.

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45.69km
DISTANCE
1:39:23
DURATION
733m
ELEVATION