La Plagne ~ Climbing to the Alpine ski resort where Stephen Roche collapsed and needed oxygen before winning the 1987 Tour de France

August 1st 2017 (Day 85) Today's photo shows Stephen Roche and Pedro Delgado at the start of the climb to La Plagne during the 1987 Tour de France. The photo above is taken from Cycle Sport magazine and includes a quote from Roche in which he says "I will never forget La Plagne". And no … Continue reading La Plagne ~ Climbing to the Alpine ski resort where Stephen Roche collapsed and needed oxygen before winning the 1987 Tour de France

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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

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 and 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

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 6th 2017 (Day 59) 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 … Continue reading Mont Ventoux (from Sault) ~ A super, super climb past lavender fields, pine forests and limestone rocks that look like the surface of the moon.

Col du Tourmalet ~ Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list

June 29th 2017 (Day 52) 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 … Continue reading Col du Tourmalet ~ Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list

La Pierre Saint Martin – Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb

June 25th 2017 (Day 48) La Pierre Saint Martin is where Chris Froome produced shock and awe to decimate his rivals in the first mountain stage of the 2015 Tour de France. Shock and awe too when I climbed the same mountain from Arette on a mild Sunday afternoon in June 2017.  Shock at getting to … Continue reading La Pierre Saint Martin – Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb

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 … 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

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

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

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

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