Top Photos – 2017

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. The Route des Grandes Alpes was the main aim of my tour this year but there were times I didn’t think I would finish it so I was extremely relieved to make it to the top of the Galibier. I was now past the half way stage on the Route des Grandes Alpes but it was only when I got here to the top of the Galibier that I knew I could complete what is arguably the toughest cycle route anywhere in Europe. In all, I took about 6000 photos on the 2017 Tour de Travoy with about 1000 in the French Alps but I have picked out the best photo from each day below.

Day 01 – The GPO Building and Spire in O’Connell Street in Dublin
Day 02 – Travoy loaded up for a long day ahead at the Silver Springs campsite in Wicklow
Day 03 – Irish Ferries boat, the Oscar Wilde in Rosslare harbour
Day 04 – Man made out of clay pots on a garden wall in Brittany
Day 05 – 3 days to go to the marriage of Cyril and Celine
Day 06 – Weir on the Oust river in Malestroit
Day 07 – Nantes racecourse
Day 08 – Crossing over the Loire river in Nantes
Day 11 – Bicycle museum in medieval village of Brouage
day 12 – Crossing the Gironde estuary on a ferry boat
Day 14 – Para-gliders near Saint Jean de Luz
Day 15 – Lighthouse at entrance to the marina in St. Jean de Luz
Day 16 – Basque coastline from the Mirador de Mutriku viewpoint near Deba
Day 17 – Replica of the famous Guernica painting by Pablo Picasso in Guernica
Day 18 – Meeting up with Karen in Bilbao
Day 19 – Holy Communion weekend in San Sebastian
Day 20 – Holy Communion party at a pizzeria in Muskiz
Day 21 – Mo’s hamburger restaurant in Onton
Day 22 – Church overlooking the town of San Vicente
Day 24 – Fierce looking bull in a field near Llanes
Day 25 – Cutout of Fernando Alonso on the balcony of a house near Covadonga
Day 27 – Santa Maria del Mar bay not far from Aviles in the Asturias region of Spain
Day 36 – Lorry tipped over on it’s side on the A6 motorway near Manzanal del Puerto.
Day 48 – Looking down on the clouds in the valley below from the summit of La Pierre Saint Martin
Day 52 – Myself beneath the Octave Lapize statue at the summit of the Col du Tourmalet
Day 58 – Fields of lavender in the Nesque valley near Sault
Day 59 – Tom Simpson memorial on Mont Ventoux
Day 65 – The # I_Love_Nice sculpture on the sea-front in Nice
Day 73 – Simon Yates and Chris Froome leading the peloton on the Col d’Izoard during Stage 18 of the Tour de France
Day 83 – Hannibal statue near the small town of Bramans
Day 84 – Highest point on this year’s Tour de Travoy at the Col d’Iseran
Day 90 – Mont Blanc as viewed from the road up to the Col des Saisies near Hauteluce
Day 107 – Start of the Liberty Road at the Hotel de Ville in Saint Mere Eglise