Alpe d'Huez

I tend to listen to advice offered by friends. That said, I'm glad I ignored a well-meaning mate who told me early April was far too late in the season to go skiing in the French resort of Alpe d'Huez.
Arrive at Toulouse, Geneva or Verona airports this weekend, head to baggage reclaim and you'll spot them lurking. Dressed in shorts, a Rapha T-shirt and with a pair of Oakleys perched on their close-cropped head of hair, these middle-aged men wait nervously by the oversized baggage area as unwieldy bike boxes are unloaded with a clatter. These are the Col Collectors
Tributes have been paid to a heroic coach driver believed to have died trying to stop his malfunctioning vehicle going over
A bus driver who died after a coach carrying ski resort staff crashed in the French Alps has today been named. Maurice Wrightson
Updated 21:00, 16 April 2013 - gallery added plus police and Abta information One Briton has been killed after a coach carrying