THE CLUB FOR CYCLISTS WHO ENJOY MOUNTAIN ROUTES
Merge with Audax UK
At the AGM of Audax UK, held on Saturday
16th November 2013, the motion for OCD to become part of Audax was approved
by an overwhelming majority. So paid-up OCD members will now receive a year's
membership of AUK, and AUK members are entitled to submit col claims. OCD members
are encouraged to submit articles and photos for publication in Arrivée,
via either Rod Dalitz or Sheila Simpson.
The rationale behind this decision was outlined in a piece by Rod Dalitz for
the latest magazine; see here.
What is OCD Cycloclimbing?
- OCD Cycloclimbing is a club for cyclists who enjoy visiting high places by bicycle
- It is run separately from the Ordre des Cols Durs (OCD) in
France, although links are maintained
- The emphasis is on the European Alps and Pyrenees but the
field of interest also includes the mountainous areas in the UK and the rest
of the world, such as the Rockies and the Himalayas
- The OCD Cycloclimbing's main asset is a large collection of data
concerning all the worthwhile passes in the various touring areas which the
members visit each year. The (printed) information in our guides is aimed at
helping Members to plan their tours flexibly on the best possible routes. Thus the guides include
sketch maps as an invaluable aid in planning tours so that you make best use
of limited time. Other details include: height, road surfaces, difficulty,
traffic levels, tunnels and possible new construction. Campsites and hotels
are recorded if recommended by Members in the past 10 years or so. There are
also subjective opinions about scenic merit and difficulty, and hints about
any unusual hazards. These 'Pass Guides' are kept up to date thanks to a
continual stream of feedback from Cycloclimbing members who visit mountainous
- The Pass Guides are concerned mostly with tarmac roads, but
they do acknowledge some of the best rough crossings as well, and links are
maintained with the Rough-Stuff Fellowship:
the OCD Cycloclimbing and RSF combine to produce Guides for rough passes in the Alps, with
useful information about the degree of difficulty, and feasibility at various
seasons of the year.
- Answer to a FAQ: our guides do not cater for the specialist interest
of those who like to look at detailed gradient profiles. You will find links
in our "Web Information" pages to such information, for instance "Altigraph" publish the
best known profile guides for France - see under "France" in our links
As announced in the Spring 2004 Magazine (No. 100), Brendan Rowland has done
an enormous amount of work revising the guide to the West Pyrenees and
putting it online.
At present, the guide is available to all; please send any comments to the Secretary.
Alan Kind, editor of Byway and Bridleway, has recently sent a link to
his website, which includes "A Compendium
of High Roads and Road Passes in Great Britain" which will certainly be
of interest to members. The introduction to the first part includes the criteria
he has used in making the list, which has a strong emphasis on the historical
origins of many of these routes. It's a fascinating browse. Alan would welcome
any comments and any additional photographs of routes in the compendium. I have
also made a summary of the routes.
||Issue 108 - Spring 2013
|Where are we going?
|"Wild Swimming France" - Book review
|Photos - Stanley Douthwaite
|Corsica in Spring - Gerald Cowham
|France in Summer - Gerald Cowham
This page was originally written by Francis Cooke and his kind help is acknowledged.
Copyright OCD Cycloclimbing.