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 31st 2017 (Day 84) 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 … Continue reading 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

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

July 27th 2017 (Day 80) 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 … Continue reading Mini-Marmotte ~ My recce of the route of the Marmotte sportive took so long I ended up finishing in the dark

Valloire to Lanslebourg ~ On Hannibal’s trail along the Route des Grandes Alpes

July 26th – 30th 2017 (Days 79 – 83) 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 … Continue reading Valloire to Lanslebourg ~ On Hannibal’s trail along the Route des Grandes Alpes

Serre Chevalier to Valloire ~ Never as terrified going up or down a climb as on the Galibier

July 23rd – 25th 2017 (Days 76 -78) 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. … Continue reading Serre Chevalier to Valloire ~ Never as terrified going up or down a climb as on the Galibier

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 21st – 22nd 2017 (Days 74 – 75) 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 … Continue reading Aiguilles to Serre Chevalier ~ Its so hard, the Izoard, when you have a heavy trailer strapped to your bike on such a steep climb