Monte Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it’s role in both the men’s and women’s Giro d’Italia this year only added to it’s legendary status (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

Today's featured photo shows a huge wooden arch in the small town of Ovaro at the start of the climb to Monte Zoncalon. Along with the Angliru in Spain, the Zoncalon is the most feared climb in cycling as it averages almost 12% from here to the summit 10.5 km away and in places the … Continue reading Monte Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it’s role in both the men’s and women’s Giro d’Italia this year only added to it’s legendary status (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

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Climbing to the Alpine ski resort where Stephen Roche collapsed and needed oxygen before winning the 1987 Tour de France (La Plagne 2017 Day 85)

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 Climbing to the Alpine ski resort where Stephen Roche collapsed and needed oxygen before winning the 1987 Tour de France (La Plagne 2017 Day 85)

My recce of the route of the Marmotte sportive took so long I ended up finishing in the dark (Mini-Marmotte 2017 Day 80)

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 My recce of the route of the Marmotte sportive took so long I ended up finishing in the dark (Mini-Marmotte 2017 Day 80)

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

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

Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list (Col du Tourmalet 2017 Day 52)

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 Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list (Col du Tourmalet 2017 Day 52)

Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb (La Pierre Saint Martin 2017 Day 48)

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 Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb (La Pierre Saint Martin 2017 Day 48)

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

The record for the slowest ever ascent of Alpe d’Huez as it takes me 23 years to climb it

(#03 – Top 10 Highlights from 2015 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows just some of the 21 hairpins on the D211 road as it climbs up to Alpe d'Huez from the valley below. It is rare on a short holiday to go back to the same place again but Alpe d’Huez is one … Continue reading The record for the slowest ever ascent of Alpe d’Huez as it takes me 23 years to climb it

Climbing from Italy to France on the same day as the 2016 Gran Fondo Monte Bianco (Col du Petit Saint Bernard 2016 Days 10-11) –

Today's featured photo shows me being overtaken by some cyclists near La Thuile who were taking part in the 2016 Gran Fondo Monte Bianco. Granfondos or sportive style races are highly competitive in Italy and the Gran Fondo Monte Bianco would be amongst the Top 10 granfondos in Italy. Monte Bianco is the Italian for … Continue reading Climbing from Italy to France on the same day as the 2016 Gran Fondo Monte Bianco (Col du Petit Saint Bernard 2016 Days 10-11) –