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!
Coming down the Aspin towards Payolle on TdF day. Few campervans parked there! Not us though - we're down the valley.
6s off a PR on the Aspin today. Think I could have taken those seconds with a sprint if it wasn't so busy up here!
Lots of fun at the TdF today, a highlight is meeting Didi The Devil just before the Aspin climb. What a character!
Today's ride: Something short & sweet. Saving myself for tomorrow
Just back from cycling & served up this pre-lunch snack from my favourite warung kecil. Great recovery dish. Nom!
Unlucky with a couple of punctures today, but I suppose there are worse places to have to fix one. Won't complain
Bit of a traffic jam out riding today. Well, traffic of the bovine kind Glorious day up the Hourquette & Aspin!
Bit hungover so easy spin up the Tourmalet as a cure. Only 46s behind PR. Maybe drinks the eve. before not all bad
Spectacular day in the Pyrenees. Col d'Aspin, Arreau, Hourquette d'Ancizan, Sarrat de Gaye. Lazy 2000m of climbing
Last day of spring evening ride with my beautiful - if a little slow... ahem! - riding partner. Niiiice!
Bit of a struggle up the Tourmalet today. What with heat & running out of water after going long way round. Oops!
Accidentally plotted a cycling course up the wrong hill & ended up here: Plaine d'Esquiou. Could have been worse!
A few locals obviously thought phone I pulled from my back pocket was food. Sorry! Will bring carrots next time!
Col de Beyrede (some dirt & gravel on the climb) & Hourquette d'Ancizan. Cos you can't do famous cols ALL the time
Toasty today at 34° in the Baronnies! View back to the snowy peaks from near Capvern. Hmmmmmm.... snnnnooooowwwwww
Things to do this arvo, so little spin up the Aspin & to Lac de Payolle was all there was time for today. Oh well!
I never do coffee stops but beer & pizza is mid-ride break I can get behind 122km & Hautacam PR today. Love it!
What passes for an easy local loop these days Couple of hours smashing round beautiful, empty roads like this!
Big week of riding ends with loop to next valley & home over this little climb. Stayed dry despite the clouds. Phew!
Today's ride: foothills then Chiroulet, which is in the valley between the 2 main peaks in 1st pic. Beautiful day
First Tourmalet ascent of the year. Last 3km closed to cars, but not bikes! As usual, sucks to be a car driver!
Cyclists should know this guy: He spends summer atop Col du Tourmalet but prefers to winter in the valley it seems
Busy day, but got out for lovely spring evening's spin in the Baronnies: tiny, quiet roads & plenty of punchy climbs!
Ride from Lac du Salagou into the hills. Wonderful area with huge vistas & beautiful villages - like Lunas seen here.
Post ride snack. Despite it being a bit nippy up Ventoux looks like I got a bit sweaty somewhere on today's route!
When in Provence... 3° up top + 70kph wind chill equals completely numb fingers on the descent. Fun times!
Today's ride: bit grey but always something interesting to see. This is on the dam wall at Stausee Kleine Kinzig.
Quiet, smooth, twisty, rolling roads through beautiful nature & charming villages. I love riding the Black Forest!
Plenty of scope for CX training on today's ride By the beach & through wetland. And yes, those dots are flamingos!
Today's ride: up a lovely little - 1,200m at the top - climb. Parc Natural del Montseny. Just North of Barcelona.
Ride from the Med coast up brutal climb (20%+ ramps), past vineyards, a castle & lakes. You know, the usual stuff
Today's ride: Same route as last time, reversed. In 3½ hours riding only 34 sec difference - faster! #Consistency
More fun in the Costa Blanca hills today. Around 90km with 1800m of vertical. Lovely & warm too. Niiiiice
Today's ride: Deserted Costa Blanca roads. Surprisingly good riding here & it's almost hot! #TanLines #FullyPro
Shots from today's ride. Lovely roads but a bit arid around here. Higher you go, greener it gets though. Oh well!
Last ride of Winter today, a bit chilly: hardly drank a thing. Then again was only just over an hour #ThingsToDo
Cycling in Serra de Llaberia. After most of winter in the Pyrenees, 3% gradient in warm sunshine felt like a joke!
Today's ride: just random cruising through lots of beautiful little villages. This one is Orincles. It's nice here
Today's ride: for a change here's the 'ugly' view looking North That's Saint-Savin on the left saving the shot!
Views of today's ride. Unseasonably warm so popped up the Col du Soulor - as you do Nice snowy view at the top!
Clouds cleared today to reveal what they've been working on: snowy peaks. Chilly ride, but beautiful all the same
Lovely sunny bike path cruise with Pratiwi. Then I nipped up Hautacam. You know, just because it's right there!
Merry Xmas from the French Pyrenees! Still cycling weather here! Nice ride means guilt free gluttony is coming!
Today's ride in glorious sunshine: Col du Tourmalet. Well... as much as was possible. Didn't bring my skis!
No, these aren't, 'posted 3 months late' pictures. Col du Soulor. On the bike. Today. 17 Dec! #NotColdAtAll!