Equipment

Video of Descent from the Pont d'Espagne to Cauterets

Posted on: August 7th, 2018
Here's video of the descent from Pont d'Espange to the thermal springs just above Cauterets, France, where we stopped for coffee....

Video of Descent from Hautacam (Col de Tramassel)

Posted on: August 6th, 2018
Here's video of the descent from the Col de Tramassel, just above the Hautacam ski station and the finish of the Hautacam climb in the Tour de France....

The Giant of Provence - Part 2

Posted on: August 8th, 2016
Today we decided to ascend Mt. Ventoux from a different direction, starting in the town of Malaucene. To get to Malaucene we rode to Bedoin and then up and over a beautiful pass, the Col de Madeliene, that gained approx. 1000 vertical feet. ...

The Giant of Provence - Part 1

Posted on: August 7th, 2016
Mt. Ventoux is affectionately known as the giant of Provence, because you can see it from 100 miles away. We're staying in Mazan, about 10 miles from the base, in a chateau that was the summer residence of the Marquis de Sade....

Shorter Day Than Planned

Posted on: August 4th, 2016
Today Mike and I planned to ride the Col D'Aspin and then we would meet the ladies to ride to the Lac du Cap de Long, a beautiful lake high in the Pyrenees National Park....

Beautiful Cirque de Gavarnie . . . on MY bike!

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016
Last night my bike finally arrived, so I assembled it after dinner in anticipation of today's ride to the beautiful Cirque de Gavarnie....

The Spectacular Col d'Aubisque

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016
The Col d'Aubisque is another famous climb from the Tour de France, but it is also the prettiest mountain pass I have ever seen....

Markets, Food and Cycling . . . does it get any better?

Posted on: August 1st, 2016
Today started with a visit to the market at Luz Saint Sauveur and finished with a beautiful ride up to the Ski station of Luz Ardiden....

Video of Lacets de Montvernier Descent

Posted on: August 7th, 2015
Here's video of the descent of the Lacets de Montvernier, 18 switchbacks that descend nearly 1,250 feet in only 2 miles....

Day 4: Let the Epic Cycling Begin

Posted on: August 2nd, 2015
With our warm-up ride rained out yesterday, we "took it easy" today by climbing the mythical Alpe d'Huez, followed by the Col de la Sarrene, and then the Balcon d'Auris (Balcony of the Auris)....

Col de la Madeleine Descent

Posted on: July 29th, 2013
Here's video of the 21-mile Col de la Madeleine descent...

Col de la Forclaz Descent

Posted on: July 14th, 2013
Here's video of the Col de la Forclaz descent...

Video of Col du Galibier Descent

Posted on: July 12th, 2013
Here's video of the descent off the second highest paved pass in France...

Video of Col du Glandon Descent

Posted on: July 12th, 2013
If you're wondering what a 55+ mph on a bike looks like...

Day 7: Col de la Madeleine

Posted on: July 8th, 2013
Today we tackled the infamous Col de la Madeleine...

Day 6: Col de la Forclaz Reprise

Posted on: July 6th, 2013
Today was supposed to be an easier day on the bike...

Day 5: Col de l'Arpettaz and Col d'Aravis

Posted on: July 5th, 2013
Another beautiful day for cycling in the French Alps...

Day 4: Mt. Revard, Col des Pres, Col de Leschaux

Posted on: July 4th, 2013
Another epic day cycling near Annecy...

Day 2: La Marmotte Route

Posted on: July 2nd, 2013
Today we tackled one of the most difficult routes in France...

Final preparations under way

Posted on: June 28th, 2013
Leaving tomorrow morning for 10 days of cycling in the French Alps . . . can't wait!...