Time to leave

Well, that’s the last ride here for 2017 done – a quick morning spin over col de Pennes, up via the hard Pennes le Sec route (and yes, it’s hard, even before it’s been properly warmed by the sun), and descending via Barnave, with all its hairpins. Summer total is 2004 miles for the five … More Time to leave

Last epic of 2017

Tomorrow will be leaving day, with all that entails (including a shortish ride), so I had today tagged for a last epic ride. And so it was: the weather played ball. The only time I’ve ridden over col de l’Allimas, near Gresse-en-Vercors (east of Vercors eastern ridge), I thought it would be even nicer ridden … More Last epic of 2017

Lesches loop

Another warm day forecast, and having done a bit of an epic ride (for me) yesterday, and with another (the last of the current stay) tomorrow, I popped up to Lesches-en-Diois: a good stretch on the now-quiet D93, and a satisfying ascent and descent (better to ascend via the more northerly end of Lesches, as … More Lesches loop

Combe Laval circuit

I certainly haven’t run out of longer routes to do this summer, so trying to select a couple of end-of-season epics has been fun. First up: the amazing Combe Laval, but with novelties, for me. Firstly, approaching from Font d’Urle. Secondly, doing the circuit of the combe by going west from St Jean-en-Royans to St … More Combe Laval circuit

Late August miles

After yesterday’s greyness, a forecast gentle southerly prompted me to head north west to col des Limouches, which I havenlt descended for some while. I also wanted to ascend to Gigors from Aouste (which I’ve never done), making the ascent to col des Limouches about 1000m with the lumpiness between col de Jérôme Cavalli and … More Late August miles

Solo again

Yesterday was Lewis’s last full day here, and given that he’d never ridden higher than The Tumble in Wales (512m altitude), I decided his last ride ought to be col de Menée at 1402m, to add to his 1000m+ cols col de Rousset (1254m) and col de Pennes (1017m). A splendid last day’s ride, well … More Solo again