TwoLegsTwoWheels

A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad

Sep
24

Friday: up, up, up

The last day of cycling of the holiday arrived, and with it, possibly the biggest challenge of the trip: to cycle the Col de la Bonette, the highest road in France, at 2802m. This ride wasn’t so long as the others, it was just very very high. We drove out to the village of Jausiers, arriving there late morning. I find it rather charmng the way each alpine village has it’s own blend of national characteristics; Jausiers, for example, is quintessetially French, yet there is an unmistakable Italian influence, in such things as the central fountain, the character of the shops, and a dozen other little things, in a very different combination from, say, Sestriere, which is a similar size and also close to the France - Italy border.
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Sep
18

Tour of Britain

Cambridge to Bury St. Edmunds
~ 100 km (60 miles) round trip

Yesterday’s ride to Bury was a bit of an impromptu one; Julian (another engineer) suggested it earlier in the week, but the weather forecast at the time wasn’t looking too favourable, so we put off the decision to late on Friday night. The forecast then was still for rain, but we decided to go anyway. The penultimate leg of the Tour of Britain, one of the longest legs, is a 200 km loop starting at Bury St. Edmunds, and heading in a big loop through Suffolk and Norfolk to finish at Kings Lynn. Julian’s idea was to ride out to Bury to see the start - something I was very keen on, since I saw mid-stage and finish points of the Tour de France on my Alpine trip but no starts.
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Sep
18

Thursday: to the Galibier

Today sees the tour riders follow a similar route to our Monday ride - they’ll climb Agnel from the Italian side, then over Izuoard, and then finish at the top of the Col du Galibier: the 9th highest paved road in the Alps, according to Wikipedia, and a new record for the highest Tour stage finish. Our plan is to set off, head through Briançon and then watch them somewhere up the final climb.
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