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The 2014 Maratona dles Dolomites

This weekend Broerie and I rode the beautiful Maratona dles Dolomites gran fondo. 138 kilometres, 7 main climbs including a loop of the Sella Ronda, and the very steep Passo Giau. Roughly 4000...

Tour de France Mountains Preview


The Football World Cup Final will take place on July 13th. The next day, Bastille Day, will be the first big mountain stage of the 2014 Tour de France. Nice scheduling!   It's a clock-wise Tour...

Tour de Suisse Preview


As the Critérium du Dauphiné heats up, don't forget that this Saturday, the nine stage Tour de Wiggo Suisse begins. The Tour de Suisse is of course, along with the Dauphiné, a big Tour de France...

Critérium du Dauphiné Preview


The week long Critérium du Dauphiné begins Sunday June 8th.  It will have eight stages including a short Time Trial, three possible sprint stages, and 4 mountain stages - three with uphill...

Monte Grappa - The Sacred Mountain


On May 30th Bassano del Grappa will host Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia - a gigantic "cronoscalata individuale" (Individual Mountain Time Trial) to the summit of Monte Grappa. Bassano del...

The Giro d'Italia Mountains Preview


So far the Giro has been wet and flat.  But mountain lovers rejoice.  The Giro is about to get much hillier. I know you're excited, but hang in there, we've got a lot to get through:  We're going...

Giro Italian Lessons


Giro Italian Lessons


A Quick Romandie Trip Report

My wife and I spent the day in Fribourg enjoying Stage four of the Tour de Romandie and its many festivities. We had debated whether to watch atop the one climb, but given the cold and damp...

Book Review: 100 Greatest Climbs of the Tour

In the warmer months of 2013 Simon Warren visited France on several separate whirlwind trips with the goal of cycling 100 climbs that had all previously appeared in the Tour de France. The full...

2014 Tour de Romandie Preview


Cobbles,  Leffe, Fabian, Chimay, PhilGil, Ardennes.  I know you are all in Classics withdrawal.  But I have the cure: Swiss stage racing.  The six day Tour de Romandie starts Tuesday. We'll visit...


Paris-Nice Trip Report

A quick trip report: The final climbs of Stage five finished in the scenic hills near St. Etienne, and my friend Philippe invited me to come ride in his backyard. My first ride of the year...

2014 Dauphiné Route Announced


Today ASO announced the course for the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné.  And the route looks fantastic with a little something for everyone. Starting June 8th, the week long Tour will have eight stages...

Joe Lindsey interview of Armstrong


It is long. Read it all - the tone changes significantly nearer the end - then post your view.


A Secret Santa Kick-in-the-Butt

Sarah -- our Secret Santa organiser - is very polite and far too kind to say anything. So Podium Cafe has sent in the muscle: me! Every year perhaps 25% of people don't send their Podium Cafe...


A 2014 "Cycling in the Alps" Calendar

Busy doing your Christmas shopping? Need an idea for your secret santa? Looking for a 2014 alpine cycling calendar? Well look no further. Here are two calendars with my favourite photos of...

2014 Tour de France: The Mountain Stages


The 2014 Tour de France route was unveiled today. It's a counterclock-wise year. From England, to cobbles, into the Vosges, through the Alps, a toe into Spain, up and over the Pyrenées, and then...

Classic Cycling Race Routes by Chris Sidwells


Title: Classic Cycling Race Route: The Toughest 52 European ChallengesAuthors: Chris SidwellsPublisher: AA PublishingYear: 2013Pages: 224Order: AmazonWhat it is: A Collection of challenging...

Romain Bardet Wins Tour de l'Ain


Yesterday Romain Bardet won the Tour de l'Ain - the first victory of the twenty-two year old's young pro career. On the final climb of Tuesday's Queen stage Bardet was one of four to first reach...

Tour de l'Ain Preview


A quick reminder that the 5 Day Tour de l'Ain starts Friday. Excitingly, the fearsome hors-categorie Grand Colombier is back (after a one year hiatus -- while it appeared in both the 2012 Tour de...

Le Semnoz - A Closer Look


Above: Highway signs are better in France (here's another). Saturday, stage 20 will feature a mountain-top-finish atop Le Semnoz. Le Semnoz is the biggest cycling climb near beautiful Lake...

Stage 19 - A Detailed Route Preview


Above: Jens seeks strava greatness on Col de la Croix Fry The Alpe d'Huez and Le Semnoz stages have received far more attention than tomorrow's absolute beast-of-a-stage. I thought I'd take a...

Alpe d'Huez - 21 Hairpins History Trivia


She is so famous that we can call her "l'Alpe or the Alpe" without causing confusion. Stage 18 of the 2013 Tour de France will climb the legendary hairpins of Alpe d'Huez, not once, but twice. A...

On the 8th Day God Created Mont Ventoux


"On the 8th Day God Created Mont Ventoux" - Antoine Rollin On Sunday (Bastille Day!) the Tour de France Stage 15 will feature a mountain top finish atop one of the toughest and most unique climbs...

How Many Times Should I Kiss You?


Some of you may have noticed that when the young Belgium stage winner Jan Bakelants was on the Podium he exchanged two kisses with the podium girl, then turned his head and accidentally missed her...

Essential French Lessons


Bonjour les enfants. Take a seat, class is in session. Watching the Tour de France is a lot more fun if you know a little French. Pay attention, you never know when we will spring a surprise...

2013 Tour de France Mountains Preview


Only a few more days until the 100th Tour de France begins. While not a brutally tough course, the 2013 edition is certainly tougher than last year. My legs are tingling already. There are 28...


The Ventoux Night Session

This weekend Ricardo Ricco, the "Boys from St Etienne," and I participated in the Ventoux Night Session. Limited to just a few hundred entrants, the basic idea is to cycle up Mont Ventoux in...

2013 Critérium du Dauphiné Course Preview


Above: Col du Noyer will be the feature climb in the "Queen Stage" #7 Salut, bienvenue en France. The eight day Critérium du Dauphiné begins this Sunday. As usual it's a star studded field as...

The Legend(s) of Passo di Gavia


High in the Italian Alps, if you are very quiet, you might just hear the whispering of two lovers whose spirits live on in the waters of Lago Bianco (White Lake) and Lago Nero (Black Lake). A...

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