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I like to cycle in the French, Swiss, (and occasionally Italian) Alps

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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...

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...

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...

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...


Jens Almost Visits the Giro

Above: Jens disguised as the Belgian National Champion. I last saw Jens hitch-hiking holding a "Geneva Airport" sign. Hopefully he makes his flight back to the land of Eurovision. Originally,...

2013 Giro d'Italia - Mountains Preview

Ciao! This weekend the 96th Giro d'Italia begins. And if you like mountains, you'll love the course. Seven mountain top finishes, including an uphill Time Trial. Nice. The Queen stage? Without...


Cycle the Alps Traffic-Free: Here’s How

Many of the most famous climbs in the alps have days where they are closed to motor traffic, reserved just for us cyclists. Nice.

Romandie Preview - The Queen Stage in Detail

It's only Thursday but I know you need help with your weekend plans. Don't miss the massive Saturday alpine "queen stage" of the Tour de Romandie. With only a flat Time Trial to follow, the race...

2013 Tour de Romandie Preview

Finish your Belgian beer and open the chocolates. The Classics season is over and we're off to Switzerland. The six day Tour de Romandie starts tomorrow (Tuesday). The route in a nutshell: An...

Tour de Suisse Route Announced

Last week the official Tour de Suisse route was announced - the week long Tour starts June 8th. Does it suck, like last year? Well, it doesn't leave me dancing on the ceiling. But it has a...

Tour de Romandie Route Unveiled - Thumbs Up

Today, the route was unveiled for the six-day Tour de Romandie to be held April 23-28, 2013. We'll do a more detailed preview as the race approaches, but all you really need to know now is that it...

Book Review: Over the Alps on a Bicycle (1898!)

"Over The Alps On a Bicycle" - 1898


A Professional Road Cycling Calendar 2013

All photos by Ashley or Jered Gruber. Used with Permission. A few weeks ago, when discussing my 2013 Alps calendar, I hinted in the comments the possibility of a far more professional...


2013 Alpine Cycling Calendars

April 2013: Above Col du Tourmalet heading to Pic du Midi Looking for a 2013 calendar that features some of the most famous cycling climbs in France, Italy, and Switzerland? Here are two to...

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