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

August 22nd – 23rd 2017 (Days 106 – 107) 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 … Continue reading Reflecting on Normandy’s history and rich tapestry before getting the ferry to Ireland (Bayeux to Cherbourg 2017 Days 106-107)

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

August 19th – 21st 2017 (Days 103 – 105) 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 … Continue reading Passing by the Arc de Triomphe where, a month earlier, Mark Beaumont had set off on his record breaking world cycle (Paris to Bayeaux 2017 Days 103-105)

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

August 15th - 18th 2017 (Days 99 - 102) 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 … Continue reading Going around in circles trying to find a tyre in Troyes and a hotel in Montmatre (Troyes to Paris 2017 Days 99-102)

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

August 12th – 14th 2017 (Days 96 – 98) 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 … Continue reading From the foot of the Alps to the outskirts of Paris in 3 days (Lons le Saunier to Troyes 2017 Days 96-98)

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

August 09th – 11th 2017 (Days 93 – 95) 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 … Continue reading Here on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland is the solution to the UK’s Brexit turmoil (Thonon les Bains to Lons le Saunier 2017 Days 93-95)

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)

Following in the footsteps of Hannibal and his army as they cross the Alps into Italy in 218 BC (Col du Petit Saint Bernard 2017 Day 86)

August 2nd – 3rd 2017 (Days 86 – 87) Today's photo shows Hannibal crossing the Alps in 218 BC on his way to attack the Roman army in Italy.  The exact route that Hannibal took across the Alps has mystified historians for the last 2,000 years but after carrying out considerable research last year, I … Continue reading Following in the footsteps of Hannibal and his army as they cross the Alps into Italy in 218 BC (Col du Petit Saint Bernard 2017 Day 86)

Climbing to the Alpine ski resort where Stephen Roche collapsed and needed oxygen before winning the 1987 Tour de France (La Plagne 2017 Day 85)

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 Climbing to the Alpine ski resort where Stephen Roche collapsed and needed oxygen before winning the 1987 Tour de France (La Plagne 2017 Day 85)

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)

My recce of the route of the Marmotte sportive took so long I ended up finishing in the dark (Mini-Marmotte 2017 Day 80)

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 My recce of the route of the Marmotte sportive took so long I ended up finishing in the dark (Mini-Marmotte 2017 Day 80)

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)