Stage 6 will see the Tour d’Enfer climb the mythic Col d’Izoard. Perhaps most famous for the exploits of Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet.
I turned forty something today. My (lovely) wife knows me well.
Among several thoughtful gifts were two scrolls redeemable for full car support for a huge Alps ride anytime in the next 12 months.
Unfortunately the snow was very soft up high and almost impossible to ride on.
So I ended up pushing for several kilometres. Nice hike though.
There may not be a better base in the French Alps for cycling than Barcelonnette.
It is literally surrounded by mountains looking to be climbed.
The route for the 2008 Paris-Nice was unveiled today.
Stage 4 will climb Mont Ventoux on the lessor known Malaucene side – but will only go as far as Mont Serein Ski Station.
Riding through Hotonnes we noticed a great old “penny-farthing” bike on display.
I bumped into a Chamoix – sort of a deer. Note the perfectly heart-shaped bum. Happy Valentine’s day.
Now this is an amazing route!
A couple of kilometres from Thones is a turn up a very steep, quiet road to the little-known Col de Plan Bois (not in my cycling bible).