Monthly Archives: August 2010

Friday Group Ride #34

The King and His Chosen Heir? Great movement is afoot. The tides of change rise with the moon and deposit treasures of all sorts on the shore of our cycling beach. Holy Moses! That’s a ...

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Measuring

I used to have a cyclocomputer, a not very fancy one. It told me how slow I was going. It gave me my average lack of speed, my top slowness and the paltry total distance I’d covered. I ...

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The Grand Loop

The climb up the Col d’Allos was largely forested. When I was last in the Maritime Alps, roughly ten years ago, I did a ride that has remained on my list of all-time greats. That loop, ...

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The Cime de la Bonette

High on the shoulder of the Cime de la Bonette. Ten years ago this past June I entered the Ubaye Valley with a group of friends on a tour of Provence and the Maritime Alps. We dropped out of the ...

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The Dream

The Galibier massif is just right of center. I’m in the middle of nowhere, a landscape very reminiscent of California’s Central Valley, driving my car with the stereo turned up, deep in my own ...

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Vacation

There’s a bit of salt water in my left ear, just that little bit you can’t get out and drives you crazy. On occasion I am still discovering some heretofore unidentified patch of sand ...

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Remote

High on the shoulder of the Galibier I’m currently staying in the village of St. Veran. It lies at the highest elevation of any French community that is occupied year-round. We’re in the Queyras, ...

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Discoveries

Our protagonist, trying not to look cold. When I do European tours, I ride them for a few different reasons. First and foremost is my desire to see a place that is not les Etats Unis. Second is ...

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Hors Categorie

The Col de Pré was crazy steep by any standard. When I think back on the coldest, wettest and, ultimately, hardest days I’ve had on the bike, I can’t come up with any where I was seemingly inches ...

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An Ideal Day

Climbing the lower slopes of the Col de la Colombiere. The descent off of the south side of the Col de Saisies is a terrific drop with switchbacks and gentle chicanes. However, for those looking ...

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