This is a post with nothing to do about cycling. Well, other than the fact that I’ll have burnt about 6000 calories yesterday on my six-col ride (should I count ‘colories’?) and I need to eat plenty of food, and Die market is a good place to start. The market takes place twice a week, … More The market at Die
I had an abortive trip to document this col last year: after a long slog into a headwind up to Leoncel, on reaching the tunnel I saw the clouds and rain rushing in from the valley to the north, and I beat a hasty retreat. Indeed, my first time over this col, in 2012, was … More Col de la Battaille (1313m)
Now I’m home alone, and with a bike with a newly-serviced bottom bracket (the SuperSix’s BB30 has not been the most reliable), it was definitely time for a decent solo ride. With a gentle northerly breeze forecast, I decided to go right up the Roanne Valley, and to loop round clockwise to Saoû. It was … More The Roanne Valley – ‘une route remarquable’.
Today was the day to say “Au revoir” to my Exeter Wheelers friends who have been staying here for the week: though I’ve had just three full riding days with them (because of my delayed arrival), I think that Andy, Shane, James and Tom have had a good taste of the riding down here. They have … More Back to solo rides
I’m back in Die, though with bad planning on my part (work in Truro) I arrived the day after the Tour de France passed through town. In my absence I’m glad to say that four Exeter Wheelers (James, Tom, Andy and Shane) did get down here before me, and had the pleasure of watching the … More Col de Carri – 1215m