If nothing else, so far this year I have proven that it is possible to cycle the Alps in winter – at least smaller climbs.
I’m an idiot. Last week I put SPD pedals on my hybrid. Today, I arrived in Annecy with no cycling shoes.
Yesterday, I rode my first 2008 Time Trial Race against myself.
Nearing the end of the longest climb of the day, old me started to suffer. So I got out of the saddle and made him really hurt.
How cool is this?
For my birthday, my cycling partner Martin gave me a limited edition painting of Fausto Coppi.
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.