14:02

Bit stormy last night, left plenty of nice fresh stuff up here. Calm & sunny all day skiing with friends. Awesome! grin

14:03

What. A. Day!!!! Couple of ski days in the legs this week but they seemed to go OK - bonus! grin

10:13

First week of December & on the slopes already! Awesome conditions for this time of year. More of the same please! smile

15:39

Last day of 'summer' (in October!)? Tourmalet loop this morning. Beer by (friend's) pool this arvo! Perfect thx guys!

13:00

Crossing a surprisingly clear river Rhine on today's ride... where the Swiss/German border was also crossed 5 times!

15:29

Afternoon ride: Passo Valparola... as you can never ride too many epic passes in a day (before it starts to rain)! wink

12:54

When visitors ask to ride the Tourmalet. Erm, OK, if we must! wink Social time, so beers at the top. Cheers! grin

12:32

When friends with silly sunnies come to visit... wink Enjoying glass of wine & couple of pintxos at the local market.

12:27

Fete Pastoral: beautiful setting slightly tainted by bad organisation. Thanks to jolly friends made it through! wink grin

12:39

Short ride up little hill with a million of my closest friends wink Tourmalet on TdF day. Absolute insanity! Love it!

13:50

Stunning Lac d'Artouste. 2000m up, but with the sunshine today & that crystal clear water, feels almost tropical.

10:25

Middle of a heatwave? Time to head for the hills! wink Col d'Aspin was wonderfully refreshing. Moooooo! grin

13:41

Messing about at the Opera... I have no idea why! wink

12:43

Perfect day for a ride up Hautacam. Slow pace both up & down so plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine & views grin

11:30

Cruise round the Argeles-Gazost valley this morning. Beautiful view as ever from Saint-Savin & perfect conditions smile

14:26

... struggled through this wink ... (2/3)...

14:25

Yesterday I skied over 8000m vertical in the mountains in the background. Today riding in full summer kit. Love it smile

10:31

Another great day on the slopes. Making the most of the sun & snow. Thanks to you guys for dragging me around! grin

13:40

Pyrenees MTB: [email protected]% average. Outstanding view & brutal when out of shape! Time to smell flowers on the descent wink

22:21

Cruising hills just North of home. Mostly firetrail. Bit of sniggle. But hey, it's dirt & the views are magnificent!

12:15

Normal programming will resume shortly smile But after 3 months off even trundle to next village with Pratiwi not easy!

13:31

Day out in the big city... wink Oooh, they have a proper curry house here. Jalfrezi please! Nom, nom, nom! Cheers! tongue

12:54

Out cycling today was stopped by police & then asked to hold this sign as a bunch of randoms rode by! wink Awesome! grin

12:00

Easy like Sunday morning?! wink Oh, & the fingerprint scanner on my phone doesn't work any more! #NoFingerprintsLeft sad

20:01

Living like a king! Another wonderful dinner with some overly generous friends. Nom, nom, nom, nom! tongue Thankyou! grin

19:13

Hmmmmmmm.... pizzaaaaaaaaa tongue :P tongue ... and some tartiflette for good measure. Burp! grin

15:57

Little walk up near Col des Palomières. Not bad for the first day of winter! Making some new friends too smile

13:11

Lunch at Payolle. I guess there are perks to having to do this tourist thing after all! wink Nom, nom, nom, nom! tongue

16:32

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! wink

13:35

Lunch with friends after a damp walk. Advantage of chilly conditions: the restaurant is serving vin chaud. Cheers!

10:39

Short stroll to check out our new locale. Love how the inquisitive neighbours look up from their morning snack wink smile

18:44

Not just a pretty face? wink Access to oven + bit of spare time means fresh bread baked by my own fair hands. Yum! smile

16:04

31 October yet back atop the Tourmalet in summer riding kit! Twice in 5 days. With weather like this stupid not to wink

12:12

Post-recovery, recovery wink Cheers from Saint-Lary-Soulan! grin

21:06

Time for desert. Guess I'd better finish this Sangria first! wink grin tongue

13:51

Spanish Sunday lunch. Pratiwi had a big octopus leg that just melted in the mouth. Unbelievable how good that was!

19:54

Family dinner in Quillan. I'm not easily impressed by salad, but... that's not bad! Prefer my choice mind! wink tongue

19:00

Outrageously good dinner tonight. Soooo good & so much too. Had to take a doggy bag which was our lunch the next day!

11:43

Lots of fun at the TdF today, a highlight is meeting Didi The Devil just before the Aspin climb. What a character! grin

12:25

Helping friends collect cherries from this beautiful tree in their yard. Yuuuuuum! tongue

15:14

Salt on jersey is normal but I took ass-sweat to whole new level today wink 100km Tourmalet loop & still 30° at 1700m!

13:53

I never do coffee stops but beer & pizza is mid-ride break I can get behind wink 122km & Hautacam PR today. Love it! grin

18:18

Rest day done right: just lounging around our 'garden' - aka. the campsite wink - in the evening sunshine. Ahhhhh... smile

10:52

First Tourmalet ascent of the year. Last 3km closed to cars, but not bikes! grin As usual, sucks to be a car driver! tongue

16:54

Cyclists should know this guy: He spends summer atop Col du Tourmalet but prefers to winter in the valley it seems wink

15:31

Post ride snack. Despite it being a bit nippy up Ventoux looks like I got a bit sweaty somewhere on today's route! wink

13:57

Rosbif lunch. Désolé monsieur, it's better in the UK wink Mousse for dessert was to die for though. Nom, nom, nom! tongue

14:31

Dessert time: Black Forest gâteau & more local beer. Like there's another choice?! Love a bakery that serves beer! grin

13:15

Hearty lunch under dappled shade in a beer garden next to the Abbey & old brewery where that beer originates. Cheers!

18:38

I did say we couldn't get a whole leg due to lack of slicing equipment in the snail. Lucky we're visiting friends! smile