Author: Will

Happiest while cycling uphill.

In addition to the paved Col des Glières (1440m), this ride visits two gravel cols: Passage de la Gloire (1350m) and Col de l’Ovine (1786m). This was my first adventure not starting from home in quite some time. It felt great. I have written many times about Plateau des Glières. See this link that explains five more rides (the two paved sides plus three superb unpaved rides). In that 2017 article I admonish Prudhomme for never including Glières in the Tour de France. Now, three years later and assuming the 2020 Tour is takes place, Plateau des Glières will make…

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For various reasons, good and bad, I have only been cycling from home recently. But, Tim (a very good friend of mine) recently had a fun adventure that I thought was worth sharing. Tim is my partner for great middle-of-the-night rides to see the sunrise from famous summits. See Grand Colombier and Cime de la Bonette posts. Here’s Tim talking: As soon as the lockdown restrictions started to be relaxed here in France, I drove around to join Will and other Steel Wheeler cycling club members residing in France, for our first ride up Mont Salève in 10 weeks. “Around”…

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I hope you and your families are well. All is well here. But I must admit that two months without cycling has not been fun. My enthusiasm for the home trainer has failed to grow. 🙂 In France, as of May 11, we will be permitted to travel within a 100km radius. Here’s my circle. A recent tweet: 🙂 While obviously not remotely important:It is slightly "amusing" that Monday, the first day after the strict lockdown here in France, the local forecast is for more rain than the entire past 2 months combined. 🙂 #cycling— cyclingchallenge (@cyclingalps) May 7, 2020…

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I know there are far important things happening in the world than home-trainer cycling. I hope everyone is well and I wish you good health. This post is just a type of distraction for me in these troubling times. Be well, stay fit. I hate the home trainer. 🙂 But my final bike ride was almost two weeks ago and ended a few minutes after the official beginning of the lockdown here in France. This post will detail a few ways I have tried to make my home trainer rides more enjoyable. Here’s my top tip: If you are fortunate…

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For obvious reasons, I haven’t been straying far from home recently. But I’ve still been cycling. So a few photos. Be well. With friends Marie-Jo and Tim looking at Orion’s Belt from atop Mont Salève: Steel Wheelers Wednesday Night Salève: Various Mont Salève photos: A few favourite hairpins: Doreen: Moo: Chemin de St. Jacques: Jumping for Joy: Best wishes to you and your families. EDIT: To clear my head, I made a quick dash to “Sunset Lookout” up above home. Four photos as the sky changed. #1 Before the sunset: #2 After the sunset: #3 Getting dark, but before the…

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The Swisscom Telecommunication tower at La Barillette high in the Jura mountains is visible far below from Geneva. One can also see the white bubble airplane radar tower atop the La Dôle peak. It’s thirteen wonderfully deserted kilometres to the summit up a beautiful, paved forest road. I try to use Strava to follow friends and acquaintances that do interesting rides. For La Barillette, every year I wait to see that a friend has reached the top, then I immediately visit. Usually, the route is not clear of snow until April. But it’s been a warm winter. My good friend…

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My first ride since early August that didn’t start/end from home. I thought I’d choose a familiar old friend. This is a great loop of Lake Annecy via the bike path on the west side of the lake and via Col de la Forclaz de Montmin on the east. This is the climb where I first saw a Tour de France mountain stage …… back in 2004. I started on the north edge of the lake near Annecy. The key to the route is to immediately get onto the Annecy bike path that runs along the west side of the…

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I think people read this blog mainly for ride ideas. But hopefully for the photos too. January was a fairly successful month of riding as my health continues to improve. Lots of local rides from home. A few favourite photos. Bottom line? I am jumping with joy to be riding again. Happy 2020.

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Happy New Year! 2020 will be year sixteen of this blog. I feel exactly the same as I did last January when I wrote: I appreciate all the support from people last year when I considered ending the website given how the world has moved to social media. But I realised I’d keep writing this blog even with zero readers. Because for me it’s like a personal journal. At this point, I love cycling so much – and miss it so much when injured – that I don’t need an annual goal for motivation. But these silly annual challenges help…

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Year 15 of this blog. Yikes. 2019 was a tough year, as I’ve been recovering from a crash since early August. BUT that is the last depressing sentence in this post – I am an optimist. I actually did OK versus my 2019 Cycling Challenge. Earlier, I posted a few of my favourite photos of the year, organised by month – see here. Here are the results versus my 2019 Cycling Challenge. Cycle 100 Different Cols OK, given the shortened year, I needed to count everything possible to “succeed.” But I believe I cycled up a handful more than one…

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