• SHORTS STORIES > JOSEPHINE

     

    En général, nous sommes coursiers ou randonneurs mais rarement les deux.

     

    One thousand kilometres, some fifteen thousand metres of gain in elevation, riding day and night, completely unsupported, to be completed in under seventy five hours.

    Each of us taking part, like each of us anywhere, have our own particular motivation that drive us on.

    For myself, it felt  somewhere between love and hate. Continue reading

  • SILK MATERIAL GAINS

     

    "He won the Stage 6 time trialwith silk tyres and jersey to match… and a 56-tooth chainwheel”.

    Silk tyres and a jersey to match? Who wouldn’t aspire to such class on a bike. If ever there was a cool mise-en-scene of Eddy Merckx’s prowess that quote, reported by Cycling Weekly during the 1975 Tour, might be it. Continue reading

  • ARRIVÉE DU PREMIER ZINZIN

     

    One by one we rode the three sides of the Col de Turini and it eventually became apparent that some of our fellow cyclists would consider climbing all of them in one ride as a …. “reasonable endeavour”. The Brevet de Zinzins de Turini was a match tip waiting to be sparked.

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  • LE BIDON & THE FRENCH CYCLIST

     

    The humble bidon is an undervalued but essential cycling accessory. This many of us know already. But a dip into the history books shows us that our native countrymen played some crucial roles in the evolution of the water bottle, and created some interesting stories along the way. Continue reading

  • THE BEST DAUBE DE SANGLIER IN THE WORLD

    The best daube de sanglier in the world can only be from France and, more particularly, is from the region of Provence.

    The best daube de sanglier can be found (if you have the contacts) in a maison de chasse located in a remote terroir in the foothills of Mont Ventoux. Continue reading

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