Passo dello Stelvio – It may be the best driving road in the world but the Stelvio Pass will never be crowned the world’s best cycling road due to all the motorbikes on it (2018 Day 54 Prato allo Stelvio – Bormio)

Today's featured photo shows a section of the road up to the Stelvio Pass from Bormio. The road over the Stelvio Pass was built between 1820 and 1825 to connect Milan in the Kingdom of Lombardy to Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. The whole road between Bormio in Lombardy and Prato in … Continue reading Passo dello Stelvio – It may be the best driving road in the world but the Stelvio Pass will never be crowned the world’s best cycling road due to all the motorbikes on it (2018 Day 54 Prato allo Stelvio – Bormio)

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Monte Zoncolan – The climb of the 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 – The climb of the 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)

Col de la Columbiere – Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes (Saint Jean de Sixt to Thonon les Bains 2017 Days 90-92)

August 6th – 8th 2017 (Days 90 – 92) Today's photo shows hundreds of boats in the marina in Thonon les Bains beside Lake Geneva. The Route des Grandes Alpes finishes in Thonon les Bains but as to where it ends exactly I wasn't too sure off. The Route starts at the Casino in Menton … Continue reading Col de la Columbiere – Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes (Saint Jean de Sixt to Thonon les Bains 2017 Days 90-92)

Cormet de Roseland – There are lots of incredible sights on the Route des Grandes Alpes but few are as impressive as Mont Blanc (Bourg Saint Maurice to Saint Jean de Sixt 2017 Days 87-89)

August 4th – 5th 2017 (Days 88 – 89) Today's photo of the day shows Mont Blanc as viewed from the road up to the Col des Saisies near the small mountain village of Hauteluce. At 4,808m in altitude, it is the highest mountain in Europe and it really dominates this part of the Alps. … Continue reading Cormet de Roseland – There are lots of incredible sights on the Route des Grandes Alpes but few are as impressive as Mont Blanc (Bourg Saint Maurice to Saint Jean de Sixt 2017 Days 87-89)

Col du Petit Saint Bernard – Following in the footsteps of Hannibal and his army as they cross the Alps into Italy in 218 BC (2017 Day 86)

August 2nd – 3rd 2017 (Days 86 – 87) Today's photo shows Hannibal crossing the Alps in 218 BC on his way to attack the Roman army in Italy.  The exact route that Hannibal took across the Alps has mystified historians for the last 2,000 years but after carrying out considerable research last year, I … Continue reading Col du Petit Saint Bernard – Following in the footsteps of Hannibal and his army as they cross the Alps into Italy in 218 BC (2017 Day 86)

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

Col de l’Iseran – Milestone day as I reach the highest ever point and also experience the longest ever descent on the Tour de Travoy (Lanslebourg to Bourg Saint Maurice 2017 Day 84)

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 Col de l’Iseran – Milestone day as I reach the highest ever point and also experience the longest ever descent on the Tour de Travoy (Lanslebourg to Bourg Saint Maurice 2017 Day 84)

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

Col du Galibier – Never as terrified going up or down a climb as on the Galibier (Serre Chevalier to Valloire 2017 Days 76-78)

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 Col du Galibier – Never as terrified going up or down a climb as on the Galibier (Serre Chevalier to Valloire 2017 Days 76-78)

Col d’Izoard – Its so hard, the Izoard, when you have a heavy trailer strapped to your bike on such a steep climb (Aiguilles to Serre Chevalier 2017 Days 74-75)

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 Col d’Izoard – Its so hard, the Izoard, when you have a heavy trailer strapped to your bike on such a steep climb (Aiguilles to Serre Chevalier 2017 Days 74-75)

Col de Vars – The faster the ski slope, normally the slower the climb and the Col de Vars has the fastest ski slope in the world (Jausiers to Aiguilles 2017 Days 71-72)

July 18th – 19th 2017 (Days 71 -72) 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. … Continue reading Col de Vars – The faster the ski slope, normally the slower the climb and the Col de Vars has the fastest ski slope in the world (Jausiers to Aiguilles 2017 Days 71-72)

Col de la Bonette Restefond – No bee in my bonnet climbing the Col de la Bonette to 2,715m (Isola to Jausiers 2017 Days 69-70)

July 16th – 17th 2017 (Days 69 – 70) 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 … Continue reading Col de la Bonette Restefond – No bee in my bonnet climbing the Col de la Bonette to 2,715m (Isola to Jausiers 2017 Days 69-70)