We did the Première Manche - the first round - of A Travers riding across France from Dieppe to Marseille in the summer of 2009, and it was the original inspiration for this blog. The plan to put the 'band back together again' for another go in 2013 for the second installment fell on stoney ground, with life just getting in the way for too many of us, much to our disappointment. However, our enthusiasm for the bike remains undimmed, and so I'll keep posting my thoughts on the diverse and beautiful facets of the sport regardless. But there's bound to be another big 'adventure ride' coming soon - quite possibly in Italy - so potentially a name change too: Attraverso l'Italia in Bicicletta anyone?



Thursday, 26 February 2009

Tirreno - Adriatico 2009


I know it's got nothing to do with the France ride this summer, but this year's Tirreno - Adriatico race has its penultimate stage going through 'our' village in Sant'Angelo in Pontano before heading off into the Monti Sibillini over the climb of Sasso Tetto. 13.2 km, average 7.3%, maximum 12%? How does that compare to the French climbs? We've just decided that we won't fly out (we're back again in June), so here's hoping it's on Eurosport on the day, and that I've got enough holiday time left over. Please-oh-please-oh-please!