I spent last week on a five-day ride from Geneva to Avignon. It was the annual charity ride for Les Veloistes Gentils that I organise. The group’s been growing over the past three years and we had 22 riders last week, all looking very pro in their Veloiste jerseys.
The 725km we covered in the five days doesn’t tell the whole story – we also made it up and over some huge climbs, including Alpe d’Huez, the Col de Sarenne, Col du Lautaret, Col d’Izoard and the Col des Tempetes over the mighty Mont Ventoux. The weather was with us and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely despite the length of some of the days’ rides.
I’m back home now and already missing the mountains, the riding and the camaraderie. It was nice to come across this brilliant Team Sky pre-Tour de France training video on Michael Barry’s blog today (he’s now on Twitter too, by the way). It’s a superb descent from the Port de Balès in the Pyrenees.
The Alps were great; Ventoux was majestic, but there’s something about the Pyrenees that tugs at my heartstrings. So much history there.