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Long Travel Day . . . but worth it!

Posted on: July 19th, 2019
We arrived in stunning Venosc (in the French Alps) after a very long travel day....

Final Tally . . .

Posted on: July 28th, 2018
Not counting the super easy day that we watched Le Tour, in six days we rode 265 miles and climbed just under 40,000 vertical feet! We rode some of the most famous Pyrenees climbs of the Tour de France including the Col du Tourmalet, the Col d'Aubisque, the Col d'Aspin, and more....

Tour de France Day in the Pyrenees

Posted on: July 27th, 2018
Friday we watched the tour de France go by the base of the road to our gite, as they descended off of the Col du Tourmalet....

Col des Borderes, Col du Solour and Col d'Abisque

Posted on: July 26th, 2018
Thursday we rode much of Friday's Tour de France stage, up to the beautiful Col d'Aubisque. ...

Cirque de Gavarnie - a beautiful setting

Posted on: July 25th, 2018
After our difficult day Monday Tuesday was a relatively easy day with a ride over the Cirque de Gavarnie, a large vertical semi-circle that houses Europe's largest waterfall....

Epic Day of Cycling

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018
Monday we ambitiously tackled the Col du Tourmalet, the Col d'Aspin, and the Route de Lacs up to the Lac de Cap-de-Long deep in the Pyrenean National Park....

Guanella Pass . . . Both Sides!

Posted on: July 4th, 2018
Today we tackled the beautiful Guanella Pass from both sides, starting in the little town of Grant and going up and over the pass to Georgetown and back....

Alpine Paradise

Posted on: August 9th, 2016
Today we drove from Mt. Ventoux to the quaint artist village of Venosc, in the Ecrin National Park in the Alps. This may be one of the nicest villages in France, and our view is spectacular....

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....

First ride . . . the infamous Col du Tourmalet

Posted on: July 31st, 2016
The most frequently climbed mountain in the Tour de France is the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees, just south of Lourdes, France. ...

Let the countdown begin . . .

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016
We leave for France Friday and can't wait to get back to the Pyrenees!...

Day 8: Epic Climbs of the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier

Posted on: August 6th, 2015
Today we climbed the infamous Cols du Telegraphe and Galibier. We had hoped to do a big loop that included both cols (or pass in French), but an avalanche closed the only road that would complete the loop, so we had to do these climbs as an out and back....

Video of La Berarde Descent (Part 1)

Posted on: August 5th, 2015
Here is video of the descent from La Berarde to St. Christophe, deep in the Ecrin National Park. The tiny village of La Berarde is situated at the back of a very steep glacier-carved canyon, and is surrounded by high mountains....

Day 8: Lac d'Annecy and Ugine

Posted on: July 8th, 2013
Our last day of cycling in France...

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...

Day 1: Col de la Forclaz & Col de Leschaux

Posted on: July 1st, 2013
Today was supposed to be an easier day...

Arrived in Annecy - Ready to Ride

Posted on: June 30th, 2013
After nearly 20 hours of travel we arrived safely - but tired - in Annecy, France....