Author: Will

Happiest while cycling uphill.

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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Hi. I just wanted to write a short post to thank everyone for so many kind emails, comments, messages, etc. since my crash. The fractures have healed well. My back and neck are still both a small mess but improving with therapy. I feel about 75% (that’s good news)! AND ….. I can ride again. The goal is to get healthy and ready for bigs rides by early spring.

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I believe Colle del Nivolet is the most beautiful road bike cycling climb in the Alps. I have written about it several times. A few examples: 1. Colle del Nivolet – the famous side 2. Colle del Nivolet video: Unpaved both sides 3. Colle del Nivolet Via Pont (the back way) So in addition to my usual Alps cycling calendars (see here) – I’ve decided to make an entire calendar dedicated to this stunning Italian road. Unlike my standard calendars, this one includes photos older than the past 12 months. I’ve tried to include a few unique angles as well…

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Busy doing your Christmas shopping? Looking for a 2020 alpine cycling calendar? Well, look no further. Here are three calendars with my favourite photos of 2019. The first: Cycling the Alps – Road Bike , the second: Cycling the Alps – Mountain/Gravel Bike, and third: Cows. EDIT: I have added a fourth calendar: All photos are of Colle del Nivolet – the most beautiful climb in the Alps. See here! A few quick points: All photos were taken by me in the past 12 months. I am making no money from this. The price is just what is charged by…

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Last week, I was mountain biking on a small mountain near home. To bypass a rough stretch of gravel, I briefly rode alongside on a field. My wheel fell in a hole and my bike stopped. But I kept going, landing on my head. Oops. After X-rays, CT-Scans and an MRI it seems I have cracked vertebrae in both my neck and back. Neither are displaced and with some luck, it won’t be too serious. I will get scanned again in several weeks and hopefully be cleared to cycle again. My back and neck muscles/ligaments/etc are a painful mess, so…

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Last summer I cycled Col du Granon from Briançon and visited several unpaved cols above. During the ride I kept looking at the high mountain ridge across the valley above Serre Chevalier. I thought I could see some unexpected roads among the peaks. I made a note. A year later, this is a fantastic unpaved ride up to and along the mountain ridge at the top of the Serre Chavalier ski domain. I would visit seven cols: Col du Prorel (2400m), Col de la Ricelle (2371m), Col de Serre Chevalier (2383m), Col de Méa (2457m), Col de Fréjus (2493m), Col…

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The Hautes-Alpes department has an official signed route for a loop for Col d’Izoard that requires one to cycle down low between the starts of each side: Guillestre to Briançon. But I wanted to try a loop that included another big Col. At 2477 metres, Col des Ayes is higher than its far more famous little brother, Both sides are gravel until roughly 2200 metres, then it’s a hike to the summit. I started on the edge of Briançon. It’s 17 kilometres up to Col des Ayes. It becomes gravel after 4 kms on a nice forest road. Lower down,…

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I am just going to start with the video. Woohoo! Then I’ll explain the route (and, as usual, add too many photos). There is a detailed map with an altitude profile at the bottom. Colle del Nivolet is my favourite paved pass in the Alps. But I wanted to try riding an alternate unpaved route overlooking much of the legendary paved climb. It’s a truly amazing ride on the remnants of an old military road filled with hairpins, then along part of the ancient Sentiero del Re (King’s trail). All surprisingly rideable. Look carefully in the top left quadrant of…

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