Le Grand Bornand


At the base of Col de la Colombière, the quaint Haute Savoie village of Le Grand Bornand will host a Tour de France stage for the 5th time in 2009 (a huge mountain day – stage 17 – details).

In 2004, Lance Armstrong beat Andreas Kloden by a whisker to win a thrilling mountain stage here.

Annually, Le Grand Bornand also hosts La Grand Bo cyclosportive (Martin and I participated in 2008 – see here). The 2009 edition will be the 27th of June.

And it’s a nice little ski resort. Today, we did some serious off-season training.

Below: I am meditating about cycling.


Doreen, Eric, and Katy busy scouting Col de la Colombière:

Doreen finds some soft snow to crash into:



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  1. Doreen, is there ever a moment when you look sad? Even stuck in the snow (thanks to your meditating husband) you look happy! Love the picture.

  2. So beautiful.

    If I had one free trip to your part of the world and would have to decide if it was going to be a cycling holiday or a skiing holiday I would struggle to make a decision …

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