The Passo Stelvio may be the best driving road in the world but it will never be crowned the world’s best cycling road due to all the motorbikes on it (2018 Day 54 Passo dello Stelvio)

Today's featured photo shows a section of the road up to the Stelvio Pass from Bormio. The road over the Stelvio Pass was built between 1820 and 1825 to connect Milan in the Kingdom of Lombardy to Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Hungarian Empire. The whole road between Bormio in Lombardy and Prato in … Continue reading The Passo Stelvio may be the best driving road in the world but it will never be crowned the world’s best cycling road due to all the motorbikes on it (2018 Day 54 Passo dello Stelvio)

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Apple trees as far as the eye can see in the Bolzano region of Italy where Otzi the Iceman once roamed (2018 Days 52-53 Canazei to Prato allo Stelvio)

Today's featured photo shows the view of the Adige valley south of Bolzano as I made my way down from San Lugano. The view is stunning as the valley stretches out before your eyes for miles and miles. What is even more incredible about the Adige valley is the number of apple orchards being grown … Continue reading Apple trees as far as the eye can see in the Bolzano region of Italy where Otzi the Iceman once roamed (2018 Days 52-53 Canazei to Prato allo Stelvio)

The Dolomites in Italy deserves to be the new coolest place on the planet as I was out of breath the whole time there not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-51 Ovaro to Canazei)

Today's featured photo shows the Cadore lake with the mountains of the Dolomites in the background. I have cycled the length of the Iron Curtain and all over Europe on previous tours but nowhere have I been that has blown me away as much as the Dolomites in Italy. Not only that but while the … Continue reading The Dolomites in Italy deserves to be the new coolest place on the planet as I was out of breath the whole time there not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-51 Ovaro to Canazei)

Monte Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it’s role in both the men’s and women’s Giro d’Italia this year only added to it’s legendary status (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

Today's featured photo shows a huge wooden arch in the small town of Ovaro at the start of the climb to Monte Zoncalon. Along with the Angliru in Spain, the Zoncalon is the most feared climb in cycling as it averages almost 12% from here to the summit 10.5 km away and in places the … Continue reading Monte Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it’s role in both the men’s and women’s Giro d’Italia this year only added to it’s legendary status (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

The Italian Front in World War 1 was just as vicious and as futile as the Western Front and sadly, got no coverage at all during the Armistice Day commemorations on November the 11th (2018 Days 43-46 Trieste to Ovaro)

Today's featured photo shows the World War 1 memorial at Redipuglia near Monfalcone in north east Italy. The memorial is the largest war memorial in Italy and one of the largest memorials inn the world. The remains of over 100,000 Italian soldiers who all died between 1915 and 1918 in World War 1 are buried … Continue reading The Italian Front in World War 1 was just as vicious and as futile as the Western Front and sadly, got no coverage at all during the Armistice Day commemorations on November the 11th (2018 Days 43-46 Trieste to Ovaro)

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

Today's featured photo shows the Pan European Picnic Park near Sopron in north-western Hungary. You might not think it looking at the photo above but it was here that the first crack in the Iron Curtain occurred in 1989. On Sunday the 19th August 1989, a picnic was organised here by the Hungarian and Austrian … Continue reading From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has vanished from across the Continent (2018 Days 37-42 Vienna to Trieste)

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

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