Top 10 highlights from the 2017 Tour de Travoy

The 2017 Tour de Travoy was over 7,000 kms in length with over 100,000 m of climbing in 5 different countries though mostly in France and Spain. The 2 main aims of the tour were to cycle the Camino from Dublin to Santiago and travel from Nice to Geneva via the Route des Grandes Alpes. … Continue reading Top 10 highlights from the 2017 Tour de Travoy

Top Photos from the 2017 Tour de Travoy

My favorite photo from the 2017 Tour de Travoy shows me at the top of the Col du Galibier in France. I found the Col du Galibier the toughest climb out of all the climbs on the Route de Grandes Alpes as it was very windy at times on the climb up to the summit. … Continue reading Top Photos from the 2017 Tour de Travoy

In March 2019, the sun will rise on Brexit Day but what will become of the border in Northern Ireland (2017 Days 112-113 Dublin to Donegal)

Today's featured photo shows the sun rising over farmland near Ashbourne in County Meath. I had set off from Dublin in the pitch dark and had cycled almost 50 km before the sun started to rise. The earliest I had ever set off before on this year's tour was around 8 o'clock one morning in … Continue reading In March 2019, the sun will rise on Brexit Day but what will become of the border in Northern Ireland (2017 Days 112-113 Dublin to Donegal)

Despite the wind and rain, it was great to be back in Ireland after over 3 months away (2017 Days 108-111 Rosslare to Dublin)

Today's featured photo shows the sign welcoming you to Rosslare Harbour in Wexford. Cead Mile Failte is an Irish saying that means a hundred thousand welcomes and after 3 and a half months away from Ireland, it was great to see the sign for Rosslare Harbour again. I had passed through Rosslare on my way … Continue reading Despite the wind and rain, it was great to be back in Ireland after over 3 months away (2017 Days 108-111 Rosslare to Dublin)

Reflecting on Normandy’s history and rich tapestry before getting the ferry to Ireland (2017 Days 106-107 Bayeux to Cherbourg)

Today's featured photo shows the first borne or milestone for the Liberty Road opposite the Hotel de Ville in Saint Mere Eglise. The Liberty Road starts here and travels for 1146 km across northern France all the way to Bastogne in Belgium following the route taken by the American army in World War 2. Sainte … Continue reading Reflecting on Normandy’s history and rich tapestry before getting the ferry to Ireland (2017 Days 106-107 Bayeux to Cherbourg)

Passing by the Arc de Triomphe where, a month earlier, Mark Beaumont had set off on his record breaking world cycle (2017 Days 103-105 Paris to Bayeaux)

Today's featured image shows the Arc de Triomphe in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background. It was from here in July 2015 that I set out on the first Tour de Travoy and in the years since, I have cycled about 10.000 km with Travoy.  I have also done about 10,000 km of … Continue reading Passing by the Arc de Triomphe where, a month earlier, Mark Beaumont had set off on his record breaking world cycle (2017 Days 103-105 Paris to Bayeaux)

Going around in circles trying to find a tyre in Troyes and a hotel in Montmatre (2017 Days 99-102 Troyes to Paris)

Today's featured photo shows the Sacre Couer basilica in Montmatre in Paris. After completing the Route des Grandes Alpes in 3 weeks and 3 days, it had taken me another week to cycle from Lake Geneva to Troyes, just 150 km from Paris. But after suffering 7 punctures in one day near Troyes, I had … Continue reading Going around in circles trying to find a tyre in Troyes and a hotel in Montmatre (2017 Days 99-102 Troyes to Paris)

From the foot of the Alps to the outskirts of Paris in 3 days (2017 Days 96-98 Lons le Saunier to Troyes)

Today's featured photo shows a sign on the outskirts of Chatillon sur Seine saying 224 km to Paris. I had already cycled about 250 km the previous 2 days since leaving the Alps behind at Lons le Saunier but this sign was the first sign I came across that actually gave the distance to Paris. … Continue reading From the foot of the Alps to the outskirts of Paris in 3 days (2017 Days 96-98 Lons le Saunier to Troyes)

Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (2017 Days 93-95 Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier)

The photo of the day shows the famous water jet in Lake Geneva with Geneva itself in the background. Geneva is home to the headquarters of many international organisations such as the Red Cross and the European headquarters of the United Nations. But following the Brexit referendum, the organisation that is of most interest to … Continue reading Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (2017 Days 93-95 Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier)

Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes (2017 Days 91-92 Tanniges to Thonon les Bains)

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 beside the Mediterranean Sea, so I figured it must … Continue reading Finally make it to Lake Geneva after 3 weeks and 3 days on the Route des Grandes Alpes (2017 Days 91-92 Tanniges to Thonon les Bains)

Col de la Colombiere – Relief as I make it to the top of the last major climb on the Route des Grandes Alpes (2017 Day 90 Saint Jean de Sixt to Tanniges)

Today's featured photo shows a sign on the climb of the Col de la Colombiere showing 8 km to the summit. At 1613m, the Col de la Colombiere is more or less the same height as the first major climb on the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Col du Turini (1609 m). But it is … Continue reading Col de la Colombiere – Relief as I make it to the top of the last major climb on the Route des Grandes Alpes (2017 Day 90 Saint Jean de Sixt to Tanniges)

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

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. It is so high it is one of the … 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 (2017 Days 87-89 Bourg Saint Maurice to Saint Jean de Sixt)