Thursday, May 29, 2014

View From The Saddle

cycling, Colorado, Tour de France, U.S. Pro Challenge

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.

Andruze, French Cevennes region, cycling

While riding through the village of Anduze in the French Cevennes region, I came upon the “Pagoda Fountain” built in 1649.

Casciana Terme, Pisa, Italy, Roman

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.

cycling, L'Alpe D'Huez
cycling, L'Alpe D'Huez

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.

cyclists, camaraderie

The camaraderie of cyclists.

Sasseta, France, Italy, cycling
Italy, France, cycling

I love discovering tiny hillside hamlets in Italy and France.

Populonia, Gulf of Baratti, Tuscany, Etruscan tomb

I rode down to Populonia on the Gulf of Baratti in coastal Tuscany. Early Etruscan’s built these tombs in the 7th century BC.

Palais de I'Isle, Annecy, France

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!

wine, Montpeyroux, French Languedoc region

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.

Ubud, Bali, cycling

I rode with Marla on this path of mysterious beauty outside of Ubud, Bali.

Sonoma County, California, Union Hotel

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!

cycling, France, Colorado, California

May you discover fabulous roads to ride or hike, and enjoy  the special bliss of nature and place.

1 comment :

  1. What wonderful pictures and I am sure even more wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing your view from the saddle with us Dick! You are really fortunate to have been able to ride in so many beautiful locations and to have appreciated each of them so much (even when oxygen deprived!) Here's to many more years in the saddle!