Both our kids had a week off from studies the week before last for ski training on the Tignes glacier. This week is half term and Sam is off for another week’s training with the Sainte Foy ski team to, erm, Holland. Yes, that’s right, a twelve-hour coach journey from the Alps to the flattest country in Europe for ski training, but it will be in a large indoor centre and it will at least have the guaranteed snow that they were looking for.
Please check out the link to the gallery page for the Les Laix chalet renovation which also has a few lines on how we got from initial contact with the client to finished product. The chalet looks amazing and the photos don’t actually do it full justice.
Some photos below from the Tour De Beaujolais that Lesley and I did last weekend after dropping Sam in Lyon to catch the coach that took him off for his surfing camp on the Bordeaux coast.
Did a very long ride with the cycle club on Sunday, the longest for quite some time – 220km, taking in Col de Telegraph, Col de Galibier and Col de l’Échelle, amongst other landmarks, and crossing over into Italy along the way.
Pic below of me below, second on podium at Les Menuires cyclosportive, as per last post.
Traveled to the Chartreuse with Lesley, Rob and Ian last week and did 140km ride with 3500m of climbing. Rob is pictured below with Lesley and his new post-ride-recovery snack of choice – ProBeef (dried strips of lean beef). You can get pretty sick of protein shakes, so a quality savoury alternative is most welcome. I’m getting a bit of a taste for chilli flavour, but have now made a note to not rub a finger in my eye after a mouthful!
It’s a bank holiday in France today and we’re off to a weekend bike race north of Lyon where a lot of the top pros will race in the morning, with us amateurs following on the same course in the afternoon.
A few pictures below from last weekend’s 2014 Ardechoise. We didn’t race but cycled the routes over three days with about 20 people from the Bourg St Maurice cycling club, Lesley coming along with me to this event for the first time. We split in to groups depending on experience, covering 450km with around 9000m of climbing.
We had a great cycling trip down to the Côte d’Azur by way of the Alps in beautiful weather, other than on the climb up Col St Martin above the town of St Martin Vésubie. We hit the most almighty thunderstorm with hailstones bouncing a metre off the tarmac, the temperature plummeting from 30°C to 9°C inside thirty minutes.
Most of us made it to a restaurant, but a couple of guys in the group got separated, one of them diving into a garage to take shelter, the other, caught in no-man’s land, had to slog his way through and was a little bedraggled by the time he got to us. We all had to be bussed down.
We finished the trip with the same number that we started with, and although some in the UK contingent were apprehensive about climbing Alpine cols, they all put their heads down and kept pedaling.
The major building season marches on and we have several clients visiting in July and August.
We are going full tilt with building at the moment and just going through the contract signing on a major project.
Away from the office, the cycling season is also well under way – I’ve got a couple of races under my belt already, and one in Megève this Sunday.
Next week I’m cycling down to the South of France with Rob and a group of his UK-based friends. It will be a four-day trip, averaging around 130km sideways and 3000m upwards each day. We’ll be taking in some famous mountain passes including Col de l’Iseran and finishing with Col de la Bonette, the highest road pass in Europe, before we drop down to Monaco. From there we’ll cycle along the Côte d’Azur to Antibes.
Understandably, those in the UK contingent that haven’t previously cycled in the Alps are a little panicky at the prospect of daily climbs that are the equivalent to 18 goes up Box Hill.
On the plus side, the forecast for next week is fantastic, although when I cycled up Col de l’Iseran for a look a few days ago it was still closed and absolutely freezing.
Had a good bike ride last Saturday, to Chambéry and back, it was a little on the chilly side though (snowing up in Val d’Isère).
Apologies for the brevity but we have had a lot on this week, and tomorrow we are off for two-weeks holiday – doing some diving and sailing for a change of scenery.
The run of fantastic weather has continued this week in the Alps, hard to know whether to get the skis or the bike out.
I’ve had some great ski touring outings with the snow still holding up - the constant freeze/melt/freeze/melt has left it beautiful. It has started to melt way in places and you do have to take the skis off to hop across rocks and grass from time to time, but it is well worth it.