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Hautacam . . . a very difficult climb

Posted on: July 21st, 2018
Sunday we rode from our gite (rental house) in Viscos over to and up Hautacam, a road also made famous by the Tour de France. In only 13.5 km (8.4 miles) we climbed 3,839 feet, at an average grade of 8%....

Luz Ardiden - From our rental house in Viscos

Posted on: July 21st, 2018
We started our France cycling adventure today with a ride up to the ski area of Luz Ardiden, a road made famous by the Tour de France. This road happens to be on the same side of the steep mountainside as the little village where we are staying, Viscos, in the High Pyrenees....

Final Training Ride for France - the Triple Bypass!

Posted on: July 15th, 2018
Saturday was our final training ride for France, and it was a doozy . . . the Triple Bypass, a 118 mile ride from Evergreen to Avon, CO with 10,500+ vertical feet of climbing....

Guanella Pass . . . Both Sides!

Posted on: July 4th, 2018
Today we tackled the beautiful Guanella Pass from both sides, starting in the little town of Grant and going up and over the pass to Georgetown and back....

Training for France . . .

Posted on: June 30th, 2018
This weekend we rode both the east and west ascents of Independence Pass. At 12,095, it is one of the most beautiful passes in the U.S....

Final Tally

Posted on: August 14th, 2016
In eight days we rode 320 miles and climbed more than 45,000 vertical feet . . . and saw some of the most beautiful sights on the planet. It was truly an amazing trip!...

The Infamous Alpe d'Huez

Posted on: August 10th, 2016
Today we climbed Alpe d'Huez and the balcony road to Auris, followed by a climb back to our B&B in Venosc. It was a beautiful last ride in the Alps and France....

Alpine Paradise

Posted on: August 9th, 2016
Today we drove from Mt. Ventoux to the quaint artist village of Venosc, in the Ecrin National Park in the Alps. This may be one of the nicest villages in France, and our view is spectacular....

The Giant of Provence - Part 2

Posted on: August 8th, 2016
Today we decided to ascend Mt. Ventoux from a different direction, starting in the town of Malaucene. To get to Malaucene we rode to Bedoin and then up and over a beautiful pass, the Col de Madeliene, that gained approx. 1000 vertical feet. ...

The Giant of Provence - Part 1

Posted on: August 7th, 2016
Mt. Ventoux is affectionately known as the giant of Provence, because you can see it from 100 miles away. We're staying in Mazan, about 10 miles from the base, in a chateau that was the summer residence of the Marquis de Sade....

Shorter Day Than Planned

Posted on: August 4th, 2016
Today Mike and I planned to ride the Col D'Aspin and then we would meet the ladies to ride to the Lac du Cap de Long, a beautiful lake high in the Pyrenees National Park....

Beautiful Cirque de Gavarnie . . . on MY bike!

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016
Last night my bike finally arrived, so I assembled it after dinner in anticipation of today's ride to the beautiful Cirque de Gavarnie....
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