Great expectations

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The highlight of 2014

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Fall back

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Beautiful mild Autumn weather means great cycles on the quiet country roads on North Cork.

The days getting shorter and the mornings darker but still great cycling to be had

Next thing on agenda is the route for the Tour de France and the announcement of L’etape du tour route.  Rumours suggest Tourmalet/Hautacam but this would be a repeat of 2008. A start/finish in the same town would probably be too much to ask for again but the atmosphere and Craic in Annecy last year was brilliant

Galeriens du Mount Ventoux

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Nearly 15 hours after we started in Bedoin myself rode into the clouds sitting atop Mount Ventoux and arrived at the summit of le Geant.

One line rider gripped the summit pole, his bike lying lifeless on the ground. He seemed  to be trying to take in the magnitude of what he had achieved.

‘Oh us?  This is our fourth time cycling up to day’ I still remember him standing there with his mouth dropped open and a distance stare in his eyes as we posed for this photo. I almost felt bad for busting his bubble but 187 km and 6000m of accent including over 10 km off road climbing we had to tell someone and he was the only one around.

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