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

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Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville

(#02 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Irish football team's manager Mick McCarthy and Irish captain Roy Keane at a training session in Saipan, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Ireland had gone to Saipan to acclimatize before flying onto Japan and South Korea for the … Continue reading Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville

Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings

(#03 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Les Braves D-Day memorial sculpture at Omaha Beach in Vierville-sur-Mer. The metal sculpture was created by the French artist Anilore Banon in 2004 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The sculpture was only intended to be temporary … Continue reading Visiting Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches in one day left an incredible impression as to the scale of the D-Day landings

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

Car crash TV as England brexit from Euro 2016 after taking a hell of a beating from Iceland

(#05 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Icelandic team saluting their fans after beating England by 2 goals to 1 at Euro 2016. The Icelandic fans in turn returned the compliment by "thunder clapping". There were apparently 30,000 Icelandic fans following their team during Euro 2016. For a … Continue reading Car crash TV as England brexit from Euro 2016 after taking a hell of a beating from Iceland

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

Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes watching Belgian TV’s coverage of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016

(#07 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) Having played well in their first game in Euro 2016 against Sweden, Ireland were confident going into their second game against Belgium. Alas that confidence was mis-placed and Belgium ran riot in the 2nd half scoring 3 goals without reply. I had gone to Belgium … Continue reading Behind enemy lines in the Ardennes watching Belgian TV’s coverage of Ireland against Belgium at Euro 2016

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

On the road to ruin, sorry Rouen, on the same road that hosted the world’s first bicycle race in 1869 and also the world’s first motor car race some 25 years later

(#09 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows two of the cars that competed in the world's first motor car race on Sunday July 22nd in 1894 between Paris and Rouen. It is roughly 125 km from Paris to Rouen and the fastest car that day took almost 7 … Continue reading On the road to ruin, sorry Rouen, on the same road that hosted the world’s first bicycle race in 1869 and also the world’s first motor car race some 25 years later

Cycling 100 km along the frontline of the 1914 Battle of the Marne, which was arguably the biggest and bloodiest battle of all time

(#10 - Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) Today’s photo shows a memorial plaque at a roundabout in Nanteuil le Haudouin commemorating the Taxi de la Marne and the role they played during the First Battle of the Marne. This battle  in September 1914 was one of the biggest and bloodiest battles in … Continue reading Cycling 100 km along the frontline of the 1914 Battle of the Marne, which was arguably the biggest and bloodiest battle of all time

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