Is the Loop Around Lake Annecy the Most Beautiful Ride in All of France?

I have found one of the most perfect and beautiful rides: the loop around Lac d’Annecy (Lake Annecy). It has everything: *A beautiful lake that is … *Surrounded by mountains on all sides and is dotted with … *Little villages, and, there’s a … *Bike path for 35 of this 38-kilomter ride, and … *You … Continue reading Is the Loop Around Lake Annecy the Most Beautiful Ride in All of France?

Two More Cols (the Romme and the Ramaz) and A Mont Blanc Sighting

That's Mont Blanc off in the distance, dominating the skyline I have a new strategy to help me decide where to ride: I will only climb cols (mountains) that have been in the Tour de France. Actually, it’s not so much a set-in-stone, snooty-sounding strategy as it is a happy coincidence that so many of … Continue reading Two More Cols (the Romme and the Ramaz) and A Mont Blanc Sighting

A Couple of Mighty Alp Climbs From Cluses: Pierre Carree & and the Colombiere

The riders in the Tour de France have climbed the mighty Col de la Colombiere 23 times. And now, with the help of Mike Booth (the British king of the French Alps) I have climbed it once. I’m not sure if I have the legs for 22 more ascents. Even with Mike’s help. This is … Continue reading A Couple of Mighty Alp Climbs From Cluses: Pierre Carree & and the Colombiere

The Famous Mountain Camels of the Alps … And An Incident “Set” in Concrete

Millions of years ago, colliding tectonic plates created the Alps. A few million years ago, powerful, shifting glaciers carved out a lake and a wide, beautiful valley between Annecy and Albertville. A couple decades ago, the bike lovers of this region created a bike path connecting the two towns. Merci! Today, I followed millions of … Continue reading The Famous Mountain Camels of the Alps … And An Incident “Set” in Concrete