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Horse for the Course: the Ultimate climbing bike for the three-day Haute Route Davos

Horse for the Course: the Ultimate climbing bike for the three-day Haute Route Davos

When an invitation to ride the three-day Haute Route Davos in the Swiss Alps pinged into my inbox on a Friday morning in April, I…

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When an invitation to ride the three-day Haute Route Davos in the Swiss Alps pinged into my inbox on a Friday morning in April, I accepted in a flash.

I love climbing hills, but Birmingham where I live is better known for its Peaky Blinders than lofty peaks.

I can accumulate stacks of elevation in the nearby Worcestershire and Shropshire hills, but climbs longer than 20 minutes are hard to come by.

Consequently, I was thoroughly underprepared for what lay ahead in Switzerland.

On foreign roads, I wanted to ride something familiar: my 2017 Canyon Ultimate CF SLX , a gorgeous looking bike I bought second-hand late last year.

As you’re reading this, you’ll gather I made it down the 15km-descents in one piece, despite using obsolete stopping technology, namely rim brakes .

But I made a handful of changes to its already splendid spec to better suit the dizzying dénivelé – or height difference – to come. Jack Evans’ Haute Route Davos The horse: Jack’s 2017 Canyon Ultimate CF SLX with SRAM Red eTap, Zipp 303 Firecrest wheels and Favero Assioma Duo power meter pedals. The course: Haute Route Davos, two 100km stages with 6,000m elevation and a 15km uphill time trial. The goal: To finish in one piece and move up the field to a reasonable position The Course – Haute Route Davos The Haute Route Davos took place in the host town of the World Economic Forum in the south-eastern Graubünden region of Switzerland.The event is far less arduous than five- […]

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