Col de Mens (1117m)

Yet another “last col over 1000m within a day’s ride from Die”… if it is actually the last one for me to find, it’s a spectacular one to finish the list with. The col de Mens is not a col you’ll find by accident, unless you’ve always wanted to go to Tréminis: even then, you’re … More Col de Mens (1117m)

Road resurfacing

It’s always interesting to see what roads have been resurfaced by the time I return for the summer. Two significant ones were being done when I was here in June: the approach to Die (which was truly awful), and the col de Rousset. I’m now en route to Mens and the col de Mens, and … More Road resurfacing

A lavender hunt

With the legs still getting run in for Alpine riding, today seemed like a good day to do col de Rousset and my 50-mile la Chapelle route. Part of the plan was to get some really good photos of the oft-snapped lavender in Chamaloc, and with a good forecast, my guess that the lavender would … More A lavender hunt

Summer 2017 begins

I don’t suppose you were waiting for the moment, but a busy summer term, ending with eighteen geaduation ceremonies over six days, leaves me pining for the fjords, or rather my familiar Alpine retreat. So yesterday it was Truro, and today Romeyer, with the day’s travelling done on bike, plane, train, train, train, and feet. … More Summer 2017 begins