2017 Tour de Travoy to feature the Camino, the Pyrenees and Route des Grandes Alpes

The main aim of the 2017 Tour de Travoy is to complete the Camino from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela. In the Middle Ages, pilgrims would set off from James St. in Dublin and sail by boat to A Coruna in north western Spain before hiking about 60 km from there to Santiago. There are no boats sailing from Dublin to A Coruna nowadays so … Continue reading 2017 Tour de Travoy to feature the Camino, the Pyrenees and Route des Grandes Alpes

Top 10 Highlights from the 2016 Tour de Travoy

A few weeks ago, I looked back at the Top 10 highlights from the 2015 Tour de Travoy. This week, I have picked out my Top 10 highlights from the 2016 Tour. I have also included the Top 10 tweets from over 100 tweets sent during 2 months away on the 2016 Tour. Incredibly, the article that got the most hits by far from the … Continue reading Top 10 Highlights from the 2016 Tour de Travoy

Looking back at the 1987 Tour de France, which was won by Stephen Roche after an epic fightback on the slopes of La Plagne

(#01 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows Stephan Roche trying to hang on as Pedro Delgado in the Yellow Jersey attacks in the Alps during the 1987 Tour de France. By the time the Tour finished in Paris a few days later, the Yellow Jersey would be on the shoulders of Stephan Roche and not Delgado.  The battle … Continue reading Looking back at the 1987 Tour de France, which was won by Stephen Roche after an epic fightback on the slopes of La Plagne

Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville

(#02 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Irish football team’s manager Mick McCarthy and Irish captain Roy Keane at a training session in Saipan, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Ireland had gone to Saipan to acclimatize before flying onto Japan and South Korea for the World Cup in 2002. Ireland were making their third appearance … Continue reading Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville

Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings

(#03 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Les Braves D-Day memorial sculpture at Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-Mer. The metal sculpture was created by the French artist Anilore Banon in 2004 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The sculpture was only intended to be temporary but it has remained here ever since. Nowhere else during … Continue reading Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings

A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass from Switzerland to Italy

(#04 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) This was a day I was both looking forward to and dreading all year. The road from Martigny to the top of the Grand Saint Bernard goes uphill almost the whole way for about 50 km. The longest climb I had tackled last year with Travoy was about 5 km long and about 300 m … Continue reading A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass from Switzerland to Italy

Car crash TV as England brexit from Euro 2016 after taking a hell of a beating from Iceland

(#05 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Icelandic team saluting their fans after beating England by 2 goals to 1 at Euro 2016. The Icelandic fans in turn returned the compliment by “thunder clapping”. There were apparently 30,000 Icelandic fans following their team during Euro 2016. For a country with a population of only 300,000, that means 1 … Continue reading Car crash TV as England brexit from Euro 2016 after taking a hell of a beating from Iceland

What a day as we get to see one of the most controversial wheel changes ever in the Tour de France

(#06 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows Geraint Thomas, the Welsh Team Sky cyclist, getting a wheel change in Anglefort from the Mavic neutral service mechanic during Stage 15 of the Tour de France. Witnessing a wheel change at a cycling race is a rare event and it is a bit like catching a ball after a home run … Continue reading What a day as we get to see one of the most controversial wheel changes ever in the Tour de France

Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes watching Belgian TV’s coverage of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016

(#07 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) Having played well in their first game in Euro 2016 against Sweden, Ireland were confident going into their second game against Belgium. Alas that confidence was mis-placed and Belgium ran riot in the 2nd half scoring 3 goals without reply. I had gone to Belgium partly to gauge how much interest there was in Belgium … Continue reading Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes watching Belgian TV’s coverage of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016