With skiing a total write-off, I was getting a bit fed up in the lead in to Christmas so decided that if the snow wasn’t going to come to me I would go to it.
Got on my motorbike on Xmas Eve with skis strapped to my back and rode up as high as possible and then skinned up to ski on the glacier above Sainte Foy. Quite a good outing as it turned out and my first ski of the season – horrendously late.
Went out with the kids on motorbikes for a decent ride on Christmas Day – shot below is one of the very bare pistes in La Rosiere.
And then, mercifully, the snow came. About 30cm. It’s stayed cold so the snow has hung around but it’s getting a little bare on the lower slopes.
Last pic below is of Emily in a GS race for Tignes in Val Thorens – click pics to see full gallery.
- Riding up to find snow
- Dumped bike to skin up Sainte Foy glacier
- Enduro biking Xmas Day
- La Rosiere piste Xmas Day
- Em in Val Thorens GS race
Bike ride last Saturday to Moutiers and back was probably the last one of the season.
Kids have been going pretty hard on the ski training and poor Emily broke her nose slalom training – the gates are pretty bendy at the top but don’t have a lot of give if you face-plant into the base of one. Two black eyes and daily selfies to record the rainbow of skin-colour changes.
First ski race was meant to be yesterday but heavy snow, bad visibility and high winds put paid to that one, unfortunately.
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.