great cycling holidays on road or off

BLOG

Tales

Sierra de Moratalla

A stunning circuit of the mountains protecting Moratalla, the fortress town in the north-west of the province of Murcia, Spain.  This circuit of the headwaters of the Rio Segura takes in the eastern foothills of the Sierras de Segura, with challenging climbs, swooping descents and grand vistas across the peaks of Murcia, Andalucia and Castilla-La Mancha.

read more

800 metres of inhumanity - Leon to Oviedo and the Angliru

"800 metres of inhumanity.  No climbs have these percentages.  Pedalling does not move you forward"*

read more

Great Cycling Routes in Andalucia - There and Back Again

"Daz" and "Bren" fancied a few days away from the rain and sleet of gloomy England

read more

Circle of Death Tour - 2013

It's bit tattered and curled at the edges, gets moved from one gentleman's reading room to another, and is well thumbed on certain pages.  No, its not a treasured bongo mag, it's the ProCycling Magazine's  "50 Greatest Climbs" edition of January 2007, and it has a lot to answer for. 

read more

Passo di Gavia

Harbs chose the base camp for this years post Marmotte touring. Bormio. We planned to do the three classic climbs of the Giro: the Stelvio, the Gavia, and the Mortirolo.  As climbing isn't exactly his best discipline, it was a brave choice!

read more

Passo di Stelvio

A legendary climb.  Looming large, literally, in our grand tour the Stelvio is steeped in hyperbole.

read more

Marmotte 2012

Eight Hours!  Well, official time of 8:03.  Could have had that under 8 by a healthy lump if I hadn't been chicken on the decent off the Galibier, but I´m getting older, and fast descents scare me, I should work on that for next time! 

read more

Great Cycling Routes in Andalucia - The Route of the Caliphate

The back roads from Baena to Cazorla...peace and tranquility

read more

Great Cycling Routes in Andalucia - The Perfect Route

I think I’ve found the perfect cycling route and I’m reluctant to tell anyone; I want to keep it mine...

read more

Assault on Mont Ventoux

We’d decided to assault the Ventoux as a culmination of our weeks cycling.  Staying in Carpentras we found a great little hotel, good food, decent rooms; not a bad price, but not cheap.  We settled on the place after driving through the less salubrious areas of Carpentras.

read more

Marmotte 2010 - Race Day - Part III

Riders stopped at the summit of the Galibier, savouring their ascent and the “top of the world ma!” panorama; donning their warmers for the descent to Col de Lauteret and beyond. 

read more

Marmotte 2010 - Race Day - Part II

The section from Saint- Etienne-de-Cuines is a long, slowly descending section to the foot of the Col de Telegraphe.  The section was…”industrial”.  The “A” road ran between a wide angry river to the right and a wide angry motorway to the left.  

read more

Marmotte 2010 - Race Summary

A great event. Perfect weather, inspiring landscapes, fantastic riding.  No idea how many riders signed-up, but race numbers were up to the mid 8000’s!  Some 5206 got official finish times.  That’s quite an attrition rate.  Winning time this year was 5hrs, 46minutes, Lanterne Rouge was 13hrs 43minutes.

read more

Marmotte 2010 - Race Day - Part I

We’d had an early night to make sure we’d rested and could have an unrushed start to race day without panic.  Rituals were performed: getting the race kit ready, checking the bikes over, getting energy bars and gels planned, and arranging support stops with Lucas.  Morning was bright with a chill in the air.

read more

Marmotte - Col du Galibier

Friday was our official rest day, nothing much planned, but I really wanted to check out the descent from the Galibier to Bourg.  Never ridden in the Alps, and certainly never with so many people, I had expectations of jostling morons on suicide missions, desperate to make up time by descending like a dazed moth in a post light bulb incident.

read more

Marmotte - Alpe dHuez

The Glandon climb had tested the Corvid, and an annoying "clunk" had developed in the bottom bracket with every turn of the crank.  Nothing major, but certainly too much to cope with for the main event.

 

read more

Marmotte - The Col du Glandon

The morning was a lazy start, for some of us.   Bikes were built and we cycled into Bourg for cafe au lait and pan au chocolate.  Browsing the cycle shops and people watching.

read more

Marmotte - Arrival Day

After leaving Harby in the desolate, deserted hanger that constitutes Grenoble Airport for nearly two hours, I was surprised to see that he wasn't that fed up.

read more

La Marmotte - 10 Days to Go!

This was the last available weekend before the Marmotte, as a works “do” on the penultimate weekend means that the last feeble attempt to shed a few pounds is lost. As a penance for losing the last weekend, two long days were spent on the Corvid. 160k with 3000m of ascent on the Saturday, with 150k and 2000m of climbing on the Sunday.

read more

La Marmotte - Whats That Then

The worlds toughest cyclo-sportive, so “they” say. Its 175km long, and has 5000m of ascent. That’s about 109 miles along the ground, with just over 3 miles of vertical ascent. It’s reported that of the 109 miles, half of it goes up. That’s 55 miles of climbing. 

read more

IF - Ti Deluxe

I picked the new Independent Fabrication (IF) road bike up today, a new Corvid.  Looks awesome.  But I also picked up the mountain bike after its repair from an assualt with Spanish mud.  "Bikeshop Miguel" had done another great job.

read more
Share:

Great cycling holidays, on road or off

Journey through Spains greatest natural park.