Cycling season is upon us, and I am in my happy place! For cyclists there is nothing better than riding on quiet roads and in beautiful places. Colorado is a fabulous place for cycling, with everything from quiet valleys to steep mountain terrain. I’ve been fortunate, as a racing fan, to ride on the iconic routes of the Tour de France, Giro D’Italia, Tour of California and The U.S. Pro Challenge, in Colorado. Follow me as I ride down memory lane on roads, thankfully, less traveled.
While riding through the village of Anduze in the French Cevennes region, I came upon the “Pagoda Fountain” built in 1649.
Casciana Terme is a small town south of Pisa, and was once a famous spot for early Romans to partake in their healing warm waters. I love experiencing the quieter pace of small town life.
For racing fans the L’Alpe D’Huez is a very special, iconic climb made famous in the Tour de France. I’ve climbed it 3 different times, enjoying the alpine beauty while in oxygen debt.
The camaraderie of cyclists.
I love discovering tiny hillside hamlets in Italy and France.
I rode down to Populonia on the Gulf of Baratti in coastal Tuscany. Early Etruscan’s built these tombs in the 7th century BC.
There are some wonderful places that really must be seen and experienced. The 12th century Palais de I’Isle in Annecy town is such a place!
For wine enthusiasts it is a joy to experience the wines of a region you are riding through. I’m having a barrel tasting at a tiny winery in Montpeyroux, in the French Languedoc region.
I rode with Marla on this path of mysterious beauty outside of Ubud, Bali.
While riding in California’s Sonoma County, I stopped at Occidental’s old Union Hotel. My uncle bought me a drink at this bar when I was in my early 20’s. Wonderful memory!
May you discover fabulous roads to ride or hike, and enjoy the special bliss of nature and place.