They arrived in the Pyrénées after 5 days of cycling in the Alps - having climbed some of their legendary Cols... Only to discover the magic of the Pyrénées...

We had a blast, enjoying the major Cols and the off the "beaten track" routes which make this place so special.

The "Canuks" left with a smile on their face, an appreciation for what rural France has to offer and most of all a taste for the Pyrénées.

Tim
By Tim - 23/09/10

 

This past week at Chez Passet we had the pleasure of hosting a group from South Africa (7 from Cape Town and 1 from the UK), 

It's been a while since Di and I have laughed so much...

Tim
By Tim - 13/09/10

 

This past 2 weeks at Chez Passet we've had visits from family and friends (along with guests) which has been great as it makes you take time out and go and enjoy what's around you.

Spent some time cycling with friends who have never been to the Pyrénées before and to listen to their excitement about this area really makes it special - the weather was perfect the roads were quiet and the early evening aperitifs went down well...

Tim
By Tim - 28/08/10

 

Well, summer is in full swing here at Chez Passet - we've had hikers, bikers, sightseers, families, friends and those who have just come to "chill out".

It's been busy but somehow I find a few hours to get away and look around at my area - just to remind me how beautiful it is. Always surprises me to find these "off the beaten track" roads and I know that there are plenty more to discover so I'll keep looking...

Tim
By Tim - 10/08/10

Today, being my birthday I went for a ride to nowhere in particular yet ended up discovering a whole new area - located 15kms from Chez Passet I found a road that took me into an adjacent valley with spectacular views. There was no one around, didn't see a car and came upon many a little village with a few friendly people obviously wondering what the hell a cyclist was doing up there.

Tim
By Tim - 03/08/10

 

This has been a fun / busy time at Chez Passet - the week started off with 'Bastille Day", like the French need another holiday?? Every village was "En Fête", so it was quite the "spectac" as the French would say...

Tim
By Tim - 25/07/10

 

For those of you who haven't been to Chez Passet, we are located only 3 km outside Lourdes in a small village surrounded by farms and fields. We have a fair amount of outside space around the house including a wooded area where we haven't even ventured yet. Needless to say that the place is crying out for an animal to cruise the boundaries, upset the farmers and dig up the flower beds.

Tim
By Tim - 07/07/10

 

Today's Sportive was the last major one before the Etape du Tour on July 18th.

I was very weary at the start as there were lots of people looking to test themselves as this "parcour"  took in 2 of the 3 major climbs that will be used.

The start was very quick indeed and included a few crashes as everyone was trying to get to the front - I had no illusions on that one and just played it safe.

Tim
By Tim - 04/07/10

 

Yesterday was the CycloSportive "Béarn Cycl'Espoir - starting and finishing just south of Pau. This one was truly "Cycling in the Pyrénées" at it's best - although the weather wasn't.

Tim
By Tim - 20/06/10

 

Yesterday was the CycloSortive "La Pyrénéenne", encompassing the 3 valleys of this area - Aure, Campan and Lavedan.

The ride took in the Hautacam, Col d'Aspin and the Hourquette d'Ancizan. - It was a tough day out as I had no idea how things would go on a 174 kms ride with almost 4000 m of elevation gain - it took me 6hrs and 45 mins. at an average speed of 25.3 kms so I was quite pleased with that. Felt pretty good, although the last climb sure had a kick to it...

Tim
By Tim - 20/06/10

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