Spectacular winter's day (yes - still winter!) on the Aspin. First ride in shorts for ages & it's up here! Toasty!
Another glorious day to be out on the bike. Spring is certainly on the way!
Out riding 'early' as classics season starts today. Thought it might be a hardship to ride early but... erm... no!
Post-ride refuel. Pratiwi was worried this was too much. LOL... Bless!
No ride NYE so 2016 done! See cheesy infographic. Bonus fun fact: 343h is around 6% of my waking hours. #NotEnough
Does winter riding get any better than this? Unbelievable day playing on the Col d'Aspin!
Another glorious day... perfect for a spin in the sun with Pratiwi
Pic from one of the club guys today. Not at all the prettiest part of the ride, but I'm in this shot, so... share!
What's wrong with this picture? Happened out riding but random stranger gave us a lift home. People here are so nice!
Lovely day & Pratiwi said we should go cycling. Never let it be said I don't pander to her every wish! #ToughGig
Today's ride: 'Sunny Tourist Loop'. While none of these roads are famous it's 'tourism' because I stopped for pics
Snow on local 'hills' so autumnal tonne up to Rabastens-de-Bigorre & back. Beautiful roads. Amazing variety here
Caught out in the rain for the fist time all year & this is the result. Yerch! Lucky this doesn't happen often!
Same road as last time, just bit slower today Must have been the clouds holding us back. Right girls?
With 2x Tourmalet & a club ride in the legs already this week time to relax & enjoy the view. Mission accomplished
31 October yet back atop the Tourmalet in summer riding kit! Twice in 5 days. With weather like this stupid not to
Approaching Luz-Saint-Sauveur on another Tourmalet tonne. Top tip: take the road to Sassis for this riverside view
Taking a 'nature break' while out riding. Had to snap these beautiful crocus flowers by the roadside. Love Autumn!
Another ride up the Tourmalet & autumn is really kicking in now. Saw some huge vultures while taking pics. Magical!
Early flat aside what an awesome day out on the bike. Biggest ride of the year. In fact biggest ride since 2010!
Not far into today's epic forced to limp to LBS on this before procuring new tyre & tube. Lucky wasn't up a mountain!
I often ride by this little church but today just couldn't help but stop to take a shot to share the view. Fabulous!
Another glorious day up the Col d'Aspin. Say no more!
First day of Autumn loop around the Tourmalet. Perfect riding conditions but it is getting a little nippy up top.
Bit of exploration & finding the limit of what's marked as a road. Still got those MTB skills, even on 25mm tyres!
After yesterday some recovery needed so gentle spin to the Hourquette. If you call 1000m+ climb up here recovery
Top of Hautacam: Blue skies & views for miles! Well, it's the Col de Tramassel actually, but you knew that, right?
While it might be a little cloudy down the valley, another glorious day up the Col d'Aspin. Simply love it up here!
Walls of snow in Spring, walls of corn in Summer. Just love the variety of the Northern seasons. Although - ask me again mid-winter!
Ahem, well, this is slightly embarrassing... finally gave in & joined the fat bike fad! Look at the size of that!
Post-recovery, recovery Cheers from Saint-Lary-Soulan!
Beautiful day for a recovery ride in the vallée d'Aure. Full on 'recovery' too, my heart rate average was 88bpm
Erm... didn't I just change this? Oh well, lucky there's nothing strenuous planned for today #LotsOfMiles
Route des Lacs descent one of most technical I've done. To finish hit up Piau Engaly because, why not?! #EpicDay
Lac d'Aumar & Lac d'Aubert. Sometimes I'm asked why cycle so much? The answer: to be able to get to places like this!
Listed among best Pyrenees rides, Cap-de-Long is indeed up there. Literally! This lake is higher than the Tourmalet!
Today's ride: both sides of the Col du Portillion plus Superbagnères. Spectacular... & the descent is ballistic!
Today's ride: Port de la Bonaigua. Side trip to Pla de Beret had fantastic views of the Val d'Aran. Lovely place
Other side of Col de Puymorens & jaunt into Spain. Also passed a solar thermal power plant with huge mirrors. Cool!
Today's ride: 38km climb to highest paved road in Pyrenees. Plus Col de Puymorens. Plus Ax 3 Domaines. Fantastic!
Today's ride: Plateau de Beille. It's OK, but not that pretty. Valley road super busy too. Think I've been spoilt?
Today's ride: Col de Pailheres... with a few others to a warm up Beautiful & it's another one for horse lovers!
Hmmmmm... not... sure... think this tyre maybe needs replacing #LotsOfMiles
Today's ride: local loop then up the Col d'Aspin. Because, why not? Mooooooo!
Today's ride: Cloudy spin up the valley, but as usual, view from the Col d'Aspin fails to disappoint!
Another Tourmalet day. Up top then a little way down the West side for a 'different' - it's all relative - angle.
When you don't feel like going high, a nice spin in the foothills is the go. Super quiet roads and views like this.
Another hideous day up the Tourmalet Long way round is so much better when actually eating & drinking enough!
I often do quite well on the daily leaderboard. 8th up the Aspin today. Somehow I can't see this lasting though!
The infamous flamme rouge that would cause a little chaos later today. Luckily I made it under (& back) unscathed!