Committed Climb Participant means a cyclist who emails Phil aka Bank Teller and informs his enthusiasm to join Muggaccinos 2nd Tour de Conquer.  It doesn't cost anything to become a Committed Climb Participant.  It doesn't cost anything if you 'bail out' unless, of course, if you have booked your flight ticket which is the 1st Step.

The Bullsheet for 2nd Tour de Conquer  lists -

i)         cheap flights and luggage allowances;

ii)         train fares;

iii)        camp ground and hotel prices; and

iv)        Daily Climbs Schedule

Each Committed Climb Participant will book his own flights, train tickets and camp ground accommodation.  The only shared cost will be the rental of a 5 or 7 seater People Mover once we arrive at Grenoble train station on Thurs 5th Sept

Muggaccinos 2013 Tour de Conquer lists those Committed Climb Participants who have booked their flights to Lyon or Geneva and when they arrive.

If a Committed Climb Participant opts to not attend Tour de Conquer there is no withdrawal fees, because we won't be booking a people mover until mid-August.

10 is the absolute max number of Committed Climb Participants, as this should enable us to hire only one 7 seater People Mover and affixing a 3 bike rear clip-on rack, as we did last Sept.  Bigger numbers would also be unmanageable for BankTeller who is doing all this gratis

Worksheet '2013 - 18 days Budget in Excel file 'Distances_Gradients_$Costs-2013.xlsx' and People Movers (from three rental firms) evidences that hiring these large vehicles don't come cheap.  Hence, the merit in relying on one 7 seater to move up to 10 Committed Climb Participants.   It is only 51km from Grenoble to our 1st Base Camp and a further 71km from our 1st Base Camp over Croix de Fer to our 2nd Base Camp.  Hence, an option is to cycle these distances to reduce the size of our rental vehicle.

This should enable us to -

a)         move all Committed Climb Participants luggage -
*        from Grenoble (vehicle pick up point);
*        to each of the
Two Base Camps; and
*        return it to Grenoble after our
2nd Base Camp; and

b)         deliver Climbers to the start of those climb routes that do not start at the Base Camp.

The majority of the 16 climb routes in the Daily Climbs Schedule start from one of our Two Base Camps.  Approx. half of the daily climb routes that involve being driven to the 'scheduled start point', finish back at that Base Camp.  Hence, merit exists in say 50% of the Committed Climb Participants riding the 'daily climb route' scheduled in the Daily Climbs Schedule and the other 50% riding the next day's scheduled 'daily climb route' which starts from that Base Camp.  And on the following day, visa versa.

It is also viable for some Committed Climb Participants to ride the albeit hilly 67km direct route, via Allemond, from our 1st Base Camp at Le Bourg d'Oisan NEE to our 2nd Base Camp at Saint Jean de Maurienne.  Hence, we don't need a vehicle(s) to accommodate all Committed Climb Participants, as we are in France to ride hills, not be a passenger.

A few of the Committed Climb Participants may have an accompanying wife or partner who is willing to share the driving.  It is also probable that some of our Committed Climb Participants will want the occasional day out-of-the-saddle.

1st Base Camp shows that Committed Climb Participants who can't arrive in Lyon (or Geneva) on 5th Sept, such as David aka CricketTragic, can catch a bus with their bike/luggage from Grenoble train station to our 1st Base Camp at Le Bourg d'Oisan at 3:30pm each weekday, with different times on Sat or Sunday.   Or we will pick you up if mid arvo doesn't suit your arrival at Grenoble.   

Committed Climb Participants
to date
Flight booked Flight lands at Lyon Train departs from Lyon to Grenoble Train arrives Grenoble Collect hire car from SixT Car Rental 16 Rue Emile Gueymard, Grenoble Drive from
Grenoble to
1st Base Camp
Arrive at
1st Base Camp
1. Phil Johnston aka Bank Teller
   Ticket # 7245502516423 / 424
    158cm linear and 23kgs
Flight ticket 10:05am Thurs, 5th Sept 11:14am 12:37pm 1:30pm 5pm at latest after others arrive 5:50pm
Thurs, 5th Sept
2. Alan aka Phar Lap,

 supported by wife, Sharon, in separate vehicle, staying at same camp grounds as us

3. Steve aka TravelDoc

 Bourg d'Oisans only

10:05am Thurs, 5th Sept 11:14am        


4. Barry aka BackPacker 

St Jean de Maurienne only - awaiting logistics

5. Shane aka PeoplePlotter

Arrives Zurich Singapore Airlines #346 8am 4th Sept.  Due to arrive Grenoble station by 2.30pm 4th Sept, with a later train arriving just after 4pm.  Departs Zurich 2nd Oct 11.45am. May depart St Jean 20th Sept to to spend more time with my Swiss friends.

6. Syd aka MotorMechanic

Arrive Lyon Airport on Wed, Sept 4, at 11.05 a.m. BA flight 360 from London. Catch train to Grenoble and stay at Residhotel La Central’gare, 8 Place de la Gare, Grenoble. Syd's is taking his Iphone to send/receive SMS texts only +61 406 677 266

7. George aka Englishman

on extended visit to his elderly mum in England. Getting a lift to Bourg from friend and joining us at both camp grounds - from Mon 5th

8. Kerry aka Miner and Maureen

are cycling with panniers and meeting us in Bourg for a few days, but not keen on staying in the one place too long

9. Arno aka Heineken and wife Sara

are "motor-homeing" in Southern Europe with their three 'billy-lids' from May to late Sept and plan to join us


Syd, Phil, Steve, Shane are meeting up at SixT Car Rental - 16 Rue Emile Gueymard, Grenoble - opposite Grenoble train station from early arvo Thurs 5th Sept to drive to Bourg