Cycling across the River Seine on one of the longest bridges in the world, the Pont de Normandie

(#08 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) Today’s photo shows a view of one of the cable stay support towers on the Pont de Normandie. The Pont de Normandie was the longest cable stay bridge in the world when it opened in 1998 and is probably the only motorway bridge in the world with a cycle lane. With it being a Sunday evening, … Continue reading Cycling across the River Seine on one of the longest bridges in the world, the Pont de Normandie

On the road to ruin, sorry Rouen, on the same road that hosted the world’s first bicycle race in 1869 and also the world’s first motor car race some 25 years later

(#09 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows two of the cars that competed in the world’s first motor car race on Sunday July 22nd in 1894 between Paris and Rouen. It is roughly 125 km from Paris to Rouen and the fastest car that day took almost 7 hours to complete the race averaging only 19 km/hr. In … Continue reading On the road to ruin, sorry Rouen, on the same road that hosted the world’s first bicycle race in 1869 and also the world’s first motor car race some 25 years later

Cycling 100 km along the frontline of the 1914 Battle of the Marne, which was arguably the biggest and bloodiest battle of all time

(#10 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) Today’s photo shows a memorial plaque at a roundabout in Nanteuil le Haudouin commemorating the Taxi de la Marne and the role they played during the First Battle of the Marne. This battle  in September 1914 was one of the biggest and bloodiest battles in World War 1 and resulted in almost half a million … Continue reading Cycling 100 km along the frontline of the 1914 Battle of the Marne, which was arguably the biggest and bloodiest battle of all time

Waiting for Pinot (and Quintana) during an epic stage of the 2015 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez

(#01 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows Nairo Quintana as he sped past us on Stage 20 of the Tour de France about 4.5 km from the summit of Alpe d’Huez. Earlier, we had watched enthralled as Quintana kept attacking Chris Froome at the start of the climb. On his third attack, he managed to get a gap … Continue reading Waiting for Pinot (and Quintana) during an epic stage of the 2015 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez

Waiting for Godot (and pizza) after an epic stage of the 2015 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez

(#02 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) Myself and Noel had spent 6 months planning our trip to Alpe d’Huez for the 2015 Tour de Fance but the last thing we expected to happen was to end up like Vladimir and Estrogen in Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, as in the photo above  Earlier, there had been incredible drama on Alpe … Continue reading Waiting for Godot (and pizza) after an epic stage of the 2015 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez

The record for the slowest ever ascent of Alpe d’Huez as it takes me 23 years to climb it

(#03 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows just some of the 21 hairpins on the D211 road as it climbs up to Alpe d’Huez from the valley below. It is rare on a short holiday to go back to the same place again but Alpe d’Huez is one destination that is well worth visiting twice. I left it … Continue reading The record for the slowest ever ascent of Alpe d’Huez as it takes me 23 years to climb it

The Irish Peace Park memorial symbolises hope among the hops in the Fields of Flanders

(#04 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows a stone round-tower in the Island of Ireland Peace Park near Messines/Mesen in Belgium. The centerpiece of the Peace Park is a 34 m tall round tower, which was built with stone from a former British Army barracks in Tipperary and from a work-house outside Mullingar in Ireland. The tower was inaugurated on 11 … Continue reading The Irish Peace Park memorial symbolises hope among the hops in the Fields of Flanders

Shock and awe plus fireworks a plenty on Bastille Day in the Tour de France

(#05 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows fireworks above the Chateau Fort in Lourdes in France on Bastille Day in 2015.  A few hours earlier in the nearby town of Tarbes, I had watched as the Tour de France peloton whooshed past me at the start of Stage 10 of the 2015 Tour de France. I had cycled … Continue reading Shock and awe plus fireworks a plenty on Bastille Day in the Tour de France

The world’s first gigafactory where wild boar now roam

(#06 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the entrance to the glass and mirror factory in the village of Saint Gobain in northern France. The company of Saint Gobain is probably the biggest company you have never heard off before but if you have a ClimaCoat windscreen in you car, then it is made by Saint Gobain. They … Continue reading The world’s first gigafactory where wild boar now roam

Reading about Ypres in World War 1 in Geert Mak’s book “In Europe” while actually in Ypres

(#07 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the city of Ypres in Belgium shortly after World War 1 had ended in 1918. No other city on either the Eastern or the Western front suffered as much damage and destruction during World War 1 as Ypres. Many nearby cities such as Ostend, Bruges and Lille survived the war with … Continue reading Reading about Ypres in World War 1 in Geert Mak’s book “In Europe” while actually in Ypres

The Champagne region of France still sparkles to this day 300 years after the death of Dom Perignon

(#08 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The above photo shows one of the Moet et Chandon vineyards in Hautvillers in the Champagne region of France. Hautvillers is where Dom Perignon perfected the production of white wine from red grapes around 1690. The techniques Dom Perignon used caused bubbles to form in the white wine and this sparkling wine eventually came to … Continue reading The Champagne region of France still sparkles to this day 300 years after the death of Dom Perignon