© Lionel Terrail

Lionel Terrail: Oisans-Maurienne tour

They-they crossed the Alps and they-they tell...

Do you want to introduce yourself?

My name is Lionel, I'm 39 years old. I'm a company director in the tourism sector and co-host of the www.routedesgrandesalpes.com website. I'm married with 2 children.

What motivated you to embark on an itinerant bike trip through the Alps?

My initial motivation was to come and take photos on the route by car to illustrate the website. And then, the idea of doing it by bike quickly came up to combine business with pleasure and enjoy a real roaming experience in the mountains.

The Oisans loop video debrief

What's your best memory?

While the general atmosphere over the three days was great, with the added bonus of great weather, I have a soft spot for the passage of the Col de Sarenne. The link-up with l'Alpe d'Huez at the end of the day was tough, but what panoramas!

Ane anecdote?

On the first evening, I bumped into one of the former Route des Grandes Alpes leaders, Matthieu, who had hired me as an intern over 15 years ago. He was staying in the same hotel as me. It was a beautiful coincidence at that precise moment!