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

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

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

Col du Petit Saint Bernard – Climbing from Italy to France on the same day as the 2016 Gran Fondo Monte Bianco

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 Col du Petit Saint Bernard – Climbing from Italy to France on the same day as the 2016 Gran Fondo Monte Bianco