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

July 20th 2017 (Day 73) 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 … Continue reading Col d’Izoard (Tour de France) – Wa Wa Barguil wins the stage while Va Va Froome wraps up his fourth Tour de France

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

July 14th_15th 2017 – Menton to Isola – Rallying up the Col de Turini at the start of my challenge to cycle the Route des Grandes Alpes

The photo above shows one of about fifty hairpin bends on the road up to the Col de Turini pass from Sospel. The Col de Turini is famous from the Monte Carlo car rally which is held every year in January. Drivers in the Monte Carlo rally normally race from La Bolene-Vesubie  up to the … Continue reading July 14th_15th 2017 – Menton to Isola – Rallying up the Col de Turini at the start of my challenge to cycle the Route des Grandes Alpes

July 13th 2017 – Nice to Menton – Nice to meet you, Nice as I cycle along the Cote d’Azur to Monaco

Today's featured image shows the # I_Love_Nice sculpture on the sea-front in Nice. I passed through the city almost a year to the day after the ISIS terrorist attack in which over 80 people were mowed down by a truck on Bastille Day.  I don't know if this sculpture was erected since that attack but … Continue reading July 13th 2017 – Nice to Menton – Nice to meet you, Nice as I cycle along the Cote d’Azur to Monaco

July 11th 2017 – Castellane to Nice – Taking the scenic Route Napoleon to the even more scenic Cote d’Azur

Today's photo shows the Relais Imperial hotel in the small town of Saint Vallier de Thiey.  In 1815, Napoleon passed through the town on his way to Paris after fleeing from his exile in Elba. It took Napoleon and his army roughly a week to march across the French Alps from Cannes to Grenoble and … Continue reading July 11th 2017 – Castellane to Nice – Taking the scenic Route Napoleon to the even more scenic Cote d’Azur

Manosque to Castellane – A Super Sunday of Cycling through the Gorges du Verdon in Provence

July 8th – 10th 2017 (Days 61 – 63) This week's photo shows the Lac de Sainte Croix near the Gorges du Verdon. The Verdon river flows into the Lac de Sainte Croix before flowing west and eventually into the Durance river near Cadarache. Before entering the Lac de Sainte Croix, the Verdon flows through … Continue reading Manosque to Castellane – A Super Sunday of Cycling through the Gorges du Verdon in Provence

July 6th 2017 – Mont Ventoux (from Sault) – A super, super climb past lavender fields, pine forests and limestone rocks that look like the surface of the moon.

I took over 300 photos on Mont Ventoux  but with this year being the 50th anniversary of the death of Tom Simpson, I have chosen a photo of his Memorial as the featured photo for today. The memorial is located about 1 km from the summit, where Simpson collapsed on the 13th July 1967 during … Continue reading July 6th 2017 – Mont Ventoux (from Sault) – A super, super climb past lavender fields, pine forests and limestone rocks that look like the surface of the moon.

July 5th_7th 2017 – Avignon to Manosque – On the loose in Vaucluse amongst numerous vineyards and fields of lavender

This week's photo shows numerous lavender fields in the Nesque valley not far from the medieval village of Sault. The photo was taken at roughly 900 m in altitude not far from the Col des Abeilles looking down at the valley, which is about 700 m above sea level. This part of France around the … Continue reading July 5th_7th 2017 – Avignon to Manosque – On the loose in Vaucluse amongst numerous vineyards and fields of lavender

July 2nd_4th 2017 – Carcassonne to Avignon – Through Languedoc and across the Rhone just like Hannibal, 2,200 years ago

This week's featured image shows the Rhone river not far from Avignon. Crossing the Rhone represented a milestone on this year's Tour de Travoy as I was now in the foothills of the French Alps.  If this year's tour works out as planned, it would be another 5 weeks before I crossed the Rhone again … Continue reading July 2nd_4th 2017 – Carcassonne to Avignon – Through Languedoc and across the Rhone just like Hannibal, 2,200 years ago

June 29th 2017 – Col du Tourmalet – Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list

This week's photo shows me at the summit of the Col du Tourmalet. At 2,115m, the Col du Tourmalet is the highest pass in the Pyrenees and one of the highest in France. It really is an epic climb which gets steeper and steeper the higher you climb. It was the number 1 climb on … Continue reading June 29th 2017 – Col du Tourmalet – Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list

June 28th-July 1st 2017 – Lourdes to Carcassonne – I bid adieu to the Pyrenees and get in the zone to get to Carcassonne

This week's photo shows a old picture from the Tour de France on a small shed in Bagneres de Bigorre. I have no idea who is in the photo or when it was taken but I would guess it is from the 30's looking at the two bottles on the bike's handlebars and the type … Continue reading June 28th-July 1st 2017 – Lourdes to Carcassonne – I bid adieu to the Pyrenees and get in the zone to get to Carcassonne