Top 10 highlights from the 2017 Tour de Travoy

In a few weeks time, I am hoping to publish details of the 2018 Tour de Travoy but in the meantime, here are some highlights from last year's Tour de Travoy. #1 Climbing Mont Ventoux from Sault. Mont Ventoux is a super, super climb past lavender fields to start with, then pine forests and finally … Continue reading Top 10 highlights from the 2017 Tour de Travoy

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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 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)

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 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)

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 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)

On Hannibal’s trail along the Route des Grandes Alpes (Valloire to Lanslebourg 2017 Days 79-83)

July 26th – 30th 2017 (Days 79 – 83) The photo above shows the Hannibal statue near the small town of Bramans. The statue depicts Hannibal and his army of 30,000 men and 30 elephants going through Bramans on their way to Italy via the Col du Clapier. The statue is incredible to see in … Continue reading On Hannibal’s trail along the Route des Grandes Alpes (Valloire to Lanslebourg 2017 Days 79-83)

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

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 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)

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 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)

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

Rallying up the Col de Turini at the start of my challenge to cycle the Route des Grandes Alpes (Menton to Isola 2017 Days 67-68)

July 14th – 15th 2017 (Days 67 – 68) The photo above shows one of about fifty hairpin bends on the road up to the Col de Turini pass from Sospel. The Col de Turini is famous from the Monte Carlo car rally which is held every year in January. Drivers in the Monte Carlo … Continue reading Rallying up the Col de Turini at the start of my challenge to cycle the Route des Grandes Alpes (Menton to Isola 2017 Days 67-68)