It’s been a difficult 2011 missing half the year, including the entire summer, to injury. But there have still been plenty of fun rides – and as usual I had a camera in hand.
My ten favourite cycling photos of 2011:
#1 Mont Ventoux at Sunrise
Easily the funnest ride of the year, we started out in the wee hours of the night and reached the summit just as the sun was rising. More details here.
#2 Les Lacets de Montvernier
A short hike and a vertiginous lean over a cliff was required to get a shot of this lessor known French marvel of hairpins. More details here.
#3 Combe Laval
The Vercors region of France is a cycling mecca, filled with great climbs and beautiful gorge roads. And Combe Laval- just below Col de la Machine – may be the best of the bunch. More details here.
Below, Doreen waves at the camera:
#4 Col de la Croisette
It’s usually difficult to capture the steepness of a climb in a photograph. But the steep way up Mont Salève features several brutal hairpins that make it easy to see the pain. More details here.
#5 Col de la Croix
Doreen enjoys a back road to Col de la Croix in the Swiss Alps. More details here.
#6 Croix de Couer
This beautiful route high above Verbier was unexpectedly snow free in late November. More details here.
#7 Above the Clouds
While Geneva was dank and grey, Doreen cycles above the clouds.
#8 Le Semnoz
The challenging climb near Annecy seems to go up forever. More details here.
#9 Col de la Croix Fry
One of my favourite winter climbs. This view seemed perfect even without a cyclist. More details here.
#10 Col du Pillon
Not All my self portraits are succesful. More details here. Happy New Year.