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.

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

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