2012 Favourite Photos


For more 2012 wrap up posts see “Top 10 Rides” here, and “Favourite Hairpins” here.

Anyone who follows this blog knows that I never cycle without my camera. 🙂

Here are my favourite 2012 Cycling Photos:

#1 Favourite Alpine Dam / Lake Photo

The Nominations:

Col du Sanetsch Lac de Cap de Long Lac des Gloriettes Philippe et Patrice Plan du Lac Lac de Tignes Lac d'Aubert

The Winner:

This was a tough category, but I loved this photo of my friends Philippe and Xavier near Col du Pré above Lac de Roselend.

Favourite Photo of a Pro Cyclist

The Nominations:

Vino wants newspaper for descent Jerome Coppel A Swede in Polka Dots Zabriskie Cavendish The Big Cheese Pierre Rolland

The Winner:

At the 2012 Dauphiné Prologue. Cadel Evans (then the reigning Tour de France Champ) signs an autograph for another yellow jersey. He also gave him his cap. A very nice moment.

#3 Favourite Pro Race “Fun” Photo

The Nominations:

Very fun Japanese guy in Polka Dots Polka Dot Man Polka Dot Cow Polka Dot Dog Belgian fans painted my face too 2012 Tour - awesome Vittel girl Jens and I

The Winner:

Face painting with Belgians and a photo with polka-dot man could easily have won, but I chose this shot with my new friends while watching a Tour de France stage:

#4 Favourite Snow Bike Photo

The Nominations:

Col du Sanetsch Snow wall From Col de Plan Bois Col de Plan Bois Lac de Fully inferieur is frozen L'Etale in background Snow Trails

The Winner:

High above Grosse Scheidegg with my very brave wife:

Favourite Col Sign Photo

The Nominations:

Hmmm. Most of the nominations feature a beer in my hand. 😉

Col d'Aubisque Perfect Day 2nd summit of Roselend Cheers Col des Pitons Col Agnel summit Col des Saulces

The Winner:

Col sign photos are usually boring. But I love this photo taken with three true Col-hunting experts: Philippe, Bastien, and Simon.

Best Non-paved Climb Photo

The Nominations:

"descending" Col de Sosay Going Up Vallon des Avals above Col de la Montée du Fond Lac d'Oncet -- route to Pic du Midi View from Col de Portet Pic du Midi up high

The Winner:

In 2012, I did more big and high climbs on non-paved roads than usual. In the Valais region of Switzerland, a warm November allowed me to sneak up high, heading up into the snow.

#8 Best Cow Photo

The Nominations:

Road to Cirque du Litor Riding with the Cows Nervously making a new friend Moo Moo Doreen makes a friend

The Winner:

These guys mocked me for using a triple:

#9 Best “Famous Climb” Photo

The Nominations:

Col du Tourmalet last hairpin Col de la Croix de Fer Col d'Aubisque Iseran Ventoux Summit La Casse Déserte My friend Jens

The Winner:

Early one bright June morning, descending the south side of Galibier, I heard, then saw, a chatty group of Italians absolutely flying up the mountain. I just found this photo cheerfully inspiring:

In summary

2012 was a fun year taking photos on the bike. As I look for new adventures in 2013, I may introduce the hay surfing category for next year’s “awards.”

Happy New Year!

Hay Surfing

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  2. Super cet article, bravo !
    Le col du Pré est quasi imbattable avec cette vue… Et on ne se lasse pas de cette photo du Japonais avec le poulet, c’est pour ça aussi que qu’on aime bien le Tour 😆
    En parlant de photos avec “cows”, j’en ai une sympa avec toi 😉

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