Year in Review – My Top 5 Cycling Highlights

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Col de l'Iseran

2007 has been a great year on the bike.

This time of year, I like to look back through my blog with Doreen to remember some of the highlights.

At left, the brave Doreen climbing the amazing Col de l’Iseran on our trip to the Vanoise Alps.

Here are my Top Five 2007 Cycling Highlights:

#1 – Cycling Across Wales

Over 500 hilly and scenic kilometres, Doreen and I cycled the length of Wales through the land of my ancestors.

An incredible trip including, driving rainstorms, lots of cows, castles everywhere, stunning landscape, endless steep climbs – including the highest pass in Wales, three nights of Indian food, seaside towns – and we even came home with tans.

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South Stack Lighthouse Cycling Cadair Idris Barmouth 20%!! Success!  Chepstow Castle
#2 – Watching the Tour de France Live

I was lucky enough to see two mountain stages of the 2007 Tour. On Bastille Day up Col de la Colombiere. And at the top of the legendary Col du Galibier a couple of days later.

Canadians, a Yank, a Kiwi and a Brit/Aussie Col de la Colombiere Col de la Colombiere Top of Galibier The Groupetto
#3 – Entering Three Organized Events

For the first time in my life, I rode in a Peleton. Entering three very fun events.

  1. 173 km Loop of Lake Geneva
  2. 173 km Loop through the Vosge Mountains
  3. 125 km Tour of Gruyere

The Vosge mountains event was also part of a great five day trip with some North Americans organized by Leslie from Travels with a Tin Donkey fame.

Loop of Lake Geneva Alsace - Vosges mountains 173 km ride Gruyere Cycling tour Gruyere Cycling Tour
#4 – Berner Oberland – Swiss Alps

Perhaps the most beautiful rides I have ever done on a great trip with my Mom, Doreen, and Martin.

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Martin near Murren Above Murren, Swiss Alps Murren Mom, Doreen, and the Eiger Above Klein Sheidegg
#5 – Cycling Mont Ventoux Three Times

It’s always a special experience to cycle of the legendary volcano in Provence. Cyclists everywhere.

  1. Bedoin side in May
  2. Malaucene side in May
  3. Bedoin side in October
Mont Ventoux ventoux Mont Ventoux Mont Ventoux Mont Ventoux

A Final Highlight

Riding with People I met via this Blog

I often get emails asking for trip planning advice. But in 2007, I ended up actually meeting and riding with quite a few people that I met via this blog. Always a lot of fun. I’m grateful for everyone that made the effort to contact me.

Martin and Barry have become regular riding partners, it looks like I’ll be cycling with many of the Vosges guys next July in the Alps, and Scott periodically tries to get me to visit New Zealand (one day!)

Martin near top of Col de Joux Plane Col du Pré Saleve With Jeff Leslie near Le Grand Ballon Kiwi Scott: Col de Joux Plane Brian at top of Col de la Colombiere Col de la Colombiere Ballon d'Alsace in the rain Me and Larry near Geneva

Happy New Year! (my legs are tired)

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Happiest while cycling uphill. More enthusiastic than talented, my 2014 Challenge is to cycle 50 great rides, slowly.

1 Comment

  1. You certainly have had a lot of great things to look back on–2007 was certainly a success, cycling-wise. With all this adventure and training, we are all looking forward to great happenings in 2008. Happy New Year!

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