Category: Alps Sept 2016

Street-view Sri Lanka – a cycle tour

I have been to Sri Lanka twice before, once on a minibus and beach holiday, and once on an organised bike tour.  So why a third time? The reason is a tad on the nerdy side.  Sri Lanka happens to be one of the…

An unfortunate turn of events.

The mission for the day was to temporarily relocate to a house further up the valley, as the chalet I was staying in was booked out for a couple of nights. My new residence happened to be the home of the chalet owner, who was…

Col du Petit St Bernard II or a ride ‘gastronomique’?

Improving on my last ascent of this col shouldn’t be too hard, as on my previous trip I found the road ascent a bit dull, and then got chased off the mountain by the rain and cold, so surely room for improvement?  I decided…

‘Doom’ du Vaugelaz II

I planned to extend Dome de Vaugelaz I, which was one of my favourite rides in June.  So why try to improve it?  Dunno!  I just thought that perhaps it wasn’t quite long enough, so I added an additional loop to the beginning and…

Ghostly ski resorts & off-road bliss

The plan was to ride along the valley to Villaroger and then try the un-surfaced road up to Les Arc 2000, keeping high above Les Arc 1600 & 1800 and linking with Peisey Nancroix ride that I did last trip.  A higher than average…

Peisey Nancroix Bike and Hike

The Plan was cycle up the Peisy Nancroix valley, lock the bike at the end of the road and continue on foot up to Lac de la Plagne and a Refuge called Entre le Lac. It was 40 km in total, a 24 km…

Knotted Chains

Today was about bike building, buying food and sussing things out. Bike building involved a knotted chain which tested my zen bike maintenance skills. I was on the verge of splitting it and using my super-link, when I decided to think about it logically…

South London to Landry

The Plan was to get from South London to Landry, a small village close to Bourg Saint Maurice in the French Rhone Alps.  It involved many stages and means of transport, but the bit that stressed me out the most was going through central…

Alps Autumn 2016

With my first alpine trip becoming a distant memory,  I decided another trip was in order and much to my delight, the chalet extended my ‘residency’ to another three week trip. This time I built on my local knowledge and didn’t waste time disappearing…