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