Stuffed Ballons d’Alsace

During my first ever trip to the Vosges, I got a little more ‘Stuffed Ballons d’Alsace’ than I was able to swallow. I anticipated ‘friendly’, green and quiet climbs, which is what most descriptions show/promise you. Don’t get me wrong: the scenery was very nice, although traffic was a little annoying at times. However, I really …

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Planning Short Trips

Although I stopped meticulously planning my season after everything got messed up in 2012 and 2013, due to unplanned short holidays in the hospital, I still do plan short cycling outings abroad. These are typically aimed at humiliating myself in ‘mountainous areas’, or at least anything that involves something more challenging than what the south …

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Cycling the Alps

Coming from a basically pancake-flat country – he actually lives below sea level – it’s amazing how much Cyclopaat likes cycling the Alps. Even on a good day, he’s an average climber at best, but he claims it’s all about the views. More often than not he barely makes it up a (famous) mountain pass, returning afterwards to …

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