Col du Pourtalet

On our trip down to Portugal we managed to ride a couple of cols in the Pyrenees that are Tour de France favourites, continuing our journey we crossed into Spain over the Col du Pourtalet and it was spectacular,  so much so that I opted to return by the same route so we could ride…

La Seguiniere to Les Herbieres

A positively chilly start at 12c but with a clear  blue sky it shouldn’t take long to warm up. This mornings ride is to the South West of Cholet to Les Herbieres and a sub 50 mile round trip to get us back by lunchtime. Another day of beautiful back roads, country lanes, grass, maize,…

Bilbao to Deba

Thursday 27th June Bilbao to Morga. Sun and blue sky with a temperature of 18c and a forecast high of 40c , luckily a leisurely start as today’s ride was only 27 miles due to the rearrangement of our ferry crossing. The hotel breakfast selection was fit for a king so given our short day…

Next Stop Bilbao

Tuesday 25th June The alarm rang at 6am for our 7am meet to cycle to the ferry. The overnight storms did not materialise but light rain had wet the ground and spits and spots were still in the air. The route to the ferry was on 3 miles of cycle paths and it was a…

Cycle Touring, Bilbao to Caen

A chance conversation at the end of last year with friend Darren revealed that he and his wife Christine were planning a ride from Santander across the Pyrenees and back up the West coast of France, this aroused my interest and with an invitation from Darren for myself and Kaye to join them, very soon…