Cycling in France

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. ...

Planes, Trains and automobiles . . . but no bike!

Posted on: July 31st, 2016
We arrived safely after a long flight to Paris and a short flight to Toulouse, where we rented a car and drove to the village of Viscos, our base for the next week in the Pyrenees....

Let the countdown begin . . .

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

Last Day in France: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Posted on: August 10th, 2015
Our last day in France was quite an adventure, culminating in a visit to the beautiful old city of Lyon....

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....

Video of Col du Galbier Descent (Part 1)

Posted on: August 7th, 2015
Here's video of the descent of the stunning Col du Galibier. This is one of the prettiest places in the Alps!...

Video of the Balcony of Auris Descent

Posted on: August 6th, 2015
Here's video of our descent on the Balcony of Auris, a narrow road that is carved into the steep cliff high above the Romanche Valley floor. ...
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