August 6th – 8th 2017 ~ Saint Jean de Sixt to Thonon les Bains ~ Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes

Today’s photo shows hundreds of boats in the marina in Thonon les Bains beside Lake Geneva. The Route des Grandes Alpes finishes in Thonon les Bains but as to where it ends exactly I wasn’t too sure off. The Route starts at the Casino in Menton beside the Mediterranean Sea, so I figured it must finish beside Lake Geneva and where better to end my … Continue reading August 6th – 8th 2017 ~ Saint Jean de Sixt to Thonon les Bains ~ Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes

August 4th-5th 2017 ~ Bourg Saint Maurice to Saint Jean de Sixt ~ There are lots of incredible sights on the Route des Grandes Alpes but Mont Blanc is arguably the most impressive

Today’s photo of the day shows Mont Blanc as viewed from the road up to the Col des Saisies near the small mountain village of Hauteluce. At 4,808m in altitude, it is the highest mountain in Europe and it really dominates this part of the Alps. It is so high it is one of the few mountains in the Alps that is covered in snow … Continue reading August 4th-5th 2017 ~ Bourg Saint Maurice to Saint Jean de Sixt ~ There are lots of incredible sights on the Route des Grandes Alpes but Mont Blanc is arguably the most impressive

August 3rd 2017 ~ Following in the footsteps of Hannibal and his army in 218 BC by climbing the Col du Petit Saint Bernard from Bourg Saint Maurice

Today’s photo shows Hannibal crossing the Alps in 218 BC on his way to attack the Roman army in Italy.  The exact route that Hannibal took across the Alps has mystified historians for the last 2,000 years but after carrying out considerable research last year, I concluded that Hannibal and his army of 30,000 men, 5,000 horses and 30 elephants crossed over the Petit Saint … Continue reading August 3rd 2017 ~ Following in the footsteps of Hannibal and his army in 218 BC by climbing the Col du Petit Saint Bernard from Bourg Saint Maurice

August 1st 2017 ~ Climbing to the Alpine ski resort of La Plagne where Stephen Roche collapsed and needed oxygen before winning the 1987 Tour de France

Today’s photo shows Stephen Roche and Pedro Delgado at the start of the climb to La Plagne during the 1987 Tour de France. The photo above is taken from Cycle Sport magazine and includes a quote from Roche in which he says “I will never forget La Plagne”. And no wonder as it was on the 21 km long climb that Roche somehow accomplished one … Continue reading August 1st 2017 ~ Climbing to the Alpine ski resort of La Plagne where Stephen Roche collapsed and needed oxygen before winning the 1987 Tour de France

July 31st 2017 ~ Lanslebourg to Bourg Saint Maurice ~ Milestone day as I reach the highest ever point and also experience the longest ever descent on the Tour de Travoy

Today’s photo shows me and Travoy at the summit of the Col de l’Iseran. At 2,770m, it is the highest pass in Europe and the highest that I have ever been on a bike with or without Travoy. The climb up to the Iseran is not as dangerous as the climb to the Galibier but it is steep in parts, especially the last 2 km. … Continue reading July 31st 2017 ~ Lanslebourg to Bourg Saint Maurice ~ Milestone day as I reach the highest ever point and also experience the longest ever descent on the Tour de Travoy

July 27th 2017 ~ Mini-Marmotte ~ My recce of the route of the Marmotte sportive took so long I ended up finishing in the dark

The Marmotte is the world’s most famous cycle sportive and includes the climbs of the Glandon, Telegraphe, Galibier and Alpe d’Huez in it 174 km route. The Marmotte takes place on the first Saturday in July and every year, over 7,000 cyclists enter it though some years, over one third of the cyclists fail to complete it. I have always wanted to try it so … Continue reading July 27th 2017 ~ Mini-Marmotte ~ My recce of the route of the Marmotte sportive took so long I ended up finishing in the dark

July 26th-30th 2017 ~ Valloire to Lanslebourg ~ On Hannibal’s trail along the Route des Grandes Alpes

The photo above shows the Hannibal statue near the small town of Bramans. The statue depicts Hannibal and his army of 30,000 men and 30 elephants going through Bramans on their way to Italy via the Col du Clapier. The statue is incredible to see in person as the elephant is so life-like. It is the same size as a fully grown elephant yet every … Continue reading July 26th-30th 2017 ~ Valloire to Lanslebourg ~ On Hannibal’s trail along the Route des Grandes Alpes

July 23rd-25th 2017 ~ Serre Chevalier to Valloire ~ Never as terrified going up or down a climb as on the Galibier

Today’s photo shows me at the famous Col du Galibier sign after climbing to the summit with Travoy.  The climb of the Galibier was the toughest of the whole Tour not only because of the gradient but also due to a strong gusting wind and heavy traffic. In places, it was like cycling along the edge of a cliff with a sheer drop only a … Continue reading July 23rd-25th 2017 ~ Serre Chevalier to Valloire ~ Never as terrified going up or down a climb as on the Galibier

July 21st-22nd 2017 ~ Aiguilles to Serre Chevalier ~ Its so hard, the Izoard, when you have a heavy trailer strapped to your bike on such a steep climb

Today’s photo shows Travoy at the Casse Deserte, about 2.5 km from the summit of the Col d’Izoard. The Casse Deserte is an incredible sight and the short downhill section is a welcome relief on the climb up to the Col d’Izoard. The road through the Casse Deserte is incredibly narrow and it was very dangerous when I passed through here after the Tour de … Continue reading July 21st-22nd 2017 ~ Aiguilles to Serre Chevalier ~ Its so hard, the Izoard, when you have a heavy trailer strapped to your bike on such a steep climb

July 20th 2017 – Col d’Izoard (Tour de France) – Wa Wa Barguil wins the stage while Va Va Froome wraps up his fourth Tour de France

Today’s photo shows the Simon Yates ad Chris Froome leading the peloton during Stage 18 of the Tour de France. The photo was taken about 3 km from the stage finish at the top of the Col d’Izoard. Romain Bardet and Rigoberto Uran are hidden behind Froome but you can make out Louis Mentjies and just behind him Dan Martin. Dan looked very tired when … Continue reading July 20th 2017 – Col d’Izoard (Tour de France) – Wa Wa Barguil wins the stage while Va Va Froome wraps up his fourth Tour de France

July 18th_19th 2017 – Jausiers to Aiguilles -The faster the ski slope, normally the slower the climb and the Col de Vars has the fastest ski slope in the world

This week’s photo shows 2 sports-car’s passing the 4 km to go sign on the Col de Vars. The sign says that the next km will average 10%. This was the steepest km of any climb I have tackled so far on this year’s Tour de Travoy. Once the gradient goes above 7% you have to stand on the pedals or else you will fall … Continue reading July 18th_19th 2017 – Jausiers to Aiguilles -The faster the ski slope, normally the slower the climb and the Col de Vars has the fastest ski slope in the world

July 17th 2017 – Isola to Jausiers – No bee in my bonnet climbing the Col de la Bonette Restefond to 2,715m

Today’s photo shows the road as it climbs towards the Col de la Bonette Restefond above the small village of Bousieyas. The climb from Isola (900m) to the summit (2715m) was about 37 km in total and about 1800 m of climbing. It is one of the longest climbs I have ever tackled with Travoy but thankfully, most of the climb wasn’t too steep except … Continue reading July 17th 2017 – Isola to Jausiers – No bee in my bonnet climbing the Col de la Bonette Restefond to 2,715m