Today was my first accent of the Col du Tourmalet from the west side - it's being used in stage 17 of the TDF and also in the next 3 CycloSportives for me so I thought I'd check it out...

A little windy at the top as you can hear in the video but an epic, classic, historical climb that will feature heavily in this years TDF and Etape du Tour.

Lot's of riders out and the season is in full swing - it's a 100 kms loop from Chez Passet which took me under 4hours to complete...

By Tim - 07/06/10


 Well, this was a treat indeed... Always wondered what it would be like to drive an Aston Martin (watched all the James Bond movies as a kid) and finally had the opportunatey to do so (a fantastic birthday present from Di).

By Tim - 05/06/10


As per most weekends somewhere in France, today was another Sportive, the "Souvenir Bernard Becaas" - 115 kms with 350 riders. We were in the Jurançon Wine Region, located 1hr north west of Chez Passet. Beautiful undulating countryside with 1 or 2 climbs, made challenging with the heat. Lots of locals out to cheer you on and quite a high level of riders including those from main stream teams - Sky, Caisse D'Epargne & Cofidis.

By Tim - 23/05/10


The weather in the mountains has been awful for a couple of weeks, curtailing any riding plans and generally confining us to the house and the long list of chores.

Finally, today the weather broke and the sun came out so we both headed for the hills on our bikes. Tim went for an early burn near to the house, exploring new and exciting routes and, of course, new climbs. Me, I went out for a chicks ride leaving Tim to clean the pool in the hope for better weather for a while.

By Tim - 17/05/10


What a week! The weather was the worst we've seen here in a while, after a beautiful start to spring this rolled in...

Paul G. came for 3 days of cycling so we had to go... I call it character riding the French called us "Fou" - we encountered 3 other cyclists during the 3 days, and when we stopped for a break (no point in drying off) the crowd in the bars laughed at us... We ended up riding 318.67 kms over the 3 days and each km counts when you're soaked...

By Tim - 07/05/10


Today was a "Fun" Sportive, 24?, support vehicles and semi-closed roads.

Di and I went out and had a fantastic ride in the Baronnies Region (located 20 mins from Chez Passet).

By Tim - 24/04/10


                     Last night over a glass of wine (?!) Di and I talked about our plans for today - Di wanted to visit IKEA and I wanted to ride the Hautacam.

We compromised and said that if it was sunny we'd ride , if not, off to IKEA... Needless to say I was up half the night checking the weather  (the forecast was for light rain)  - when I awoke it was a "grande bleu" morning so I was very relieved as I didn't fancy an IKEA trip.

By Tim - 16/04/10

Today was a 98 kms club ride - average speed 29.7 kph. It was for me the hardest so far and the most enjoyable...

There were about 20 of us and our route took us through lots of little villages that all seemed to have something going on - must be the spring weather as  people were every where and there was a "fête" like atmosphere - great fun...

The cycle club are starting to accept me and some even call me "tu" so I know I'm getting there - helps that I like to climb hills and even pass a few of them (gotta like that!) along the way.

By Tim - 28/03/10


Today we decided to take a break from our chores and after yesterday's club ride in the rain Di suggested we head north to the Madiran wine region for a fun day out - I had no objection to that idea...

By Tim - 23/03/10


Today was a very "Mellow" Saturday. After a cold, snowy and damp week with no riding, it was nice to feel the warmth and venture into town to soak up the local atmosphere.

 We've had a busy week with the arrival of our furniture from Canada as well as organizing the house. The farmers are starting to plough their land and the birds are chirping away so hopefully Spring is near.

By Tim - 13/03/10