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Col de la Madeleine

It’s July 2010 and nearly 200 riders are moving at speed along a French Alpine road under a burning sun. Their speed is even more surprising considering they’ve already ridden from Morzine, over the Col de la Colombière (catégorie 1), … Continue reading

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How Accessible is Aiguille du Midi?

Aiguille du Midi (“aiguille” means needle) is one of several peaks on the Mont Blanc Massif. The elevation of the needle on the summit is 3842m (or 3843m, depending on your source), compared to the peak of Mont Blanc at … Continue reading

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My Three Col Challenge

Up to this point I’d only ever successfully ridden one col in a day, an especially sore point after my Avoriaz failure. My husband and I had discussed a wonderful three col route that was viable from the gite and … Continue reading

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The Col de Joux Plane and a Roundabout

Words: The Limping Cyclist Photography: Mr L.C. and the Limping Cyclist Col de Joux Plane from Samoëns  Distance: 11.6km Height Gain: 988m Average Gradient: 8.5% Maximum Gradient: 13.5% 11 appearances in the Tour de France since 1978 My ascent time: … Continue reading

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Col des Saisies

Words: The Limping Cyclist Photography: Mr L.C. and the Limping Cyclist This morning we woke up to the sun climbing up behind Mont Blanc. A gorgeous day that started gently, as we consumed breakfast while watching Le Matin (French morning … Continue reading

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A Sort of Homecoming

Words: The Limping Cyclist Photography: Mr L.C. and the Limping Cyclist I’ve been looking forward to it for months. The return trip was booked not long after we returned from France last September and I was determined to go even … Continue reading

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H.R. Giger Museum – Gruyères, Switzerland

I have had a long standing interest in the work of the Swiss artist H.R. Giger. It started back in 1982 (which immediately dates me) when I was looking through my nan’s Radio Times and came across a feature on … Continue reading

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