2018 Tour de Travoy menu : 1) Starter – London to Berlin, 2) Main course – Iron Curtain trail, 3) Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

The main aim of the 2018 Tour de Travoy is to cycle along the Iron Curtain which for most of the 20th Century formed a barrier between between Western and Eastern Europe. The term "Iron Curtain" was first popularized by the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a speech he delivered in the USA … Continue reading 2018 Tour de Travoy menu : 1) Starter – London to Berlin, 2) Main course – Iron Curtain trail, 3) Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

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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

Climbing from Italy to France on the same day as the 2016 Gran Fondo Monte Bianco (Col du Petit Saint Bernard 2016 Days 10-11) –

Today's featured photo shows me being overtaken by some cyclists near La Thuile who were taking part in the 2016 Gran Fondo Monte Bianco. Granfondos or sportive style races are highly competitive in Italy and the Gran Fondo Monte Bianco would be amongst the Top 10 granfondos in Italy. Monte Bianco is the Italian for … Continue reading Climbing from Italy to France on the same day as the 2016 Gran Fondo Monte Bianco (Col du Petit Saint Bernard 2016 Days 10-11) –

Car crash TV as England brexit from Euro 2016 after taking a hell of a beating from Iceland (La Thuile to Bourg St Maurice 2016 Day 11)

Today's photo shows Travoy parked up alongside a St Bernard Dog statue opposite a souvenir shop at the top of the Petit St. Bernard. At 2188m, the Petit St Bernard climb is 400m lower than the Grand St Bernard that I had climbed 3 days previously but there were much more shops and restaurants at … Continue reading Car crash TV as England brexit from Euro 2016 after taking a hell of a beating from Iceland (La Thuile to Bourg St Maurice 2016 Day 11)

Despite my best efforts not to jinx them, Ireland bow out of Euro 2016 after defeat to France (Arvier to La Thuile 2016 Day 10)

This is one of my favorite photos from this years Tour de Travoy. It shows the Monte Bianco in Italian or Mont Blanc in French, which translates as the White Mountain. At 4,808m it is the highest mountain in Europe and as I cycled along the Aosta valley it seemed to get bigger and bigger. … Continue reading Despite my best efforts not to jinx them, Ireland bow out of Euro 2016 after defeat to France (Arvier to La Thuile 2016 Day 10)

Almost washed away by a thunderstorm in the Aosta valley in northern Italy (Etroubles to Arvier 2016 Day 09

Today's photo shows the Grand St Bernard mountain which I had crossed the day before. You can just about make out the road on which I had traveled down the climb on the previous evening. It had taken me about an hour to descend to Etroubles from the Grand St Bernard Pass and it would take … Continue reading Almost washed away by a thunderstorm in the Aosta valley in northern Italy (Etroubles to Arvier 2016 Day 09

A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass into Italy (Martigny to Etroubles 2016 Day 08)

Today 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 Travoy was about 5 km long and about 300 m … Continue reading A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass into Italy (Martigny to Etroubles 2016 Day 08)