After 3 weeks in Italy, it was time to say ‘arrivederci’ to the Dolomites and ‘guten morgen’ to the Austrian Alps (2018 Days 55-56 Prato allo Stelvio to Braz)

Today's featured photo shows a church in the Austrian village of Lafairs with the Austrian Alps in the background. After having climbed the Passo Falzarego (2105m) and the Passo Pordoi (2239m) in the Dolomites in Italy, I was hoping there would be less climbing in Austria. But my hopes were in vain as the climb … Continue reading After 3 weeks in Italy, it was time to say ‘arrivederci’ to the Dolomites and ‘guten morgen’ to the Austrian Alps (2018 Days 55-56 Prato allo Stelvio to Braz)

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

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

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)

Cycling heaven on the Sella Ronda in the Dolomites and recalling the Marmolada Massacre in the 1987 Giro d’Italia (2018 Days 50-51 Dolomites)

Today's featured photo shows the Marmolada mountain towering over the Lago di Fedaia reservoir lake in the Dolomites in Italy. The Marmolada is the highest mountain in the Dolomites and is famed for it's beauty. But it's beauty hides a dark past. For this mountain was the scene of viscious fighting in World War 1 … Continue reading Cycling heaven on the Sella Ronda in the Dolomites and recalling the Marmolada Massacre in the 1987 Giro d’Italia (2018 Days 50-51 Dolomites)

Out of breath in the Dolomites in Italy, not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-49 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 Out of breath in the Dolomites in Italy, not from the climbs but from the views (2018 Days 47-49 Ovaro to Canazei)

Monte Zoncolan – The climb of the Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it certainly lives up to the hype (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 – The climb of the Zoncolan is one of the most feared climbs in cycling and it certainly lives up to the hype (2018 Day 46 Ovaro)

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

For hundreds of years, Trieste was part of the Austrian Hungarian empire, so maybe that is why it looks more like Vienna than Venice (2018 Day 43 Trieste)

Today's featured photo shows the Italian port of Trieste with the peaks of the Slovenian Alps in the background. For the last 100 tears, Trieste has been part of Italy but for over 500 years previously, this city was part of the Austrian Hungarian empire. In 1856, a railway was constructed between Trieste and Vienna … Continue reading For hundreds of years, Trieste was part of the Austrian Hungarian empire, so maybe that is why it looks more like Vienna than Venice (2018 Day 43 Trieste)

2018 Tour de Travoy menu : Starter – London to Berlin + Main course – Iron Curtain trail + 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 : Starter – London to Berlin + Main course – Iron Curtain trail + Dessert – Dolomites in Italy

Grand Saint Bernard – 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 Grand Saint Bernard – A grand day for climbing the Grand Saint Bernard mountain pass from Switzerland to Italy

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