Live your own Exploit

As autumn leaves fall above Annecy, I think about why I love cycling so much. And about what makes cycling around France just so special. 

 

It’s not just about being a cycling fan, although most of us certainly are.  We might avidly follow Le Tour de France, but for us cycling is much more than a spectator sport. It’s our passion and our lifestyle. The way we live our emotions. 

 

The beauty of cycling is that age and ability don’t matter.  What does matters is enjoying each ride, staying healthy, feeling great, and collecting exploits.  

 

Exploit.  The word usually describes an historic performance, by a famous champion. But cycling exploits are not reserved only for the likes of Hinault or Horner. Every cyclist can write an exploit into their personal life palmares.  All it takes is a personal challenge, and an appetite for adventure.

 

An exploit doesn’t need a race. No doubt like many of you, I only discovered cycling competition later in life.  I enjoy mountain bike events and cyclosportives, but some of my favorite exploits have not been with a number pinned on my back. Rather they're from riding the roads of Le Tour.  Flying with the wind, the buzz of tires on the pavement.  The lightweight feeling that today’s fantastic equipment makes accessible for every cyclist.

 

Your next exploit is calling you.  Maybe it's riding L’Etape du Tour.  Exploring the iconic climbs of the Dolomites.  Or simply riding your first Alpine climb solo on beautiful day.  It could be the personal game of pushing farther and higher than possible, trying to be the first up the hill, or first in the sprint for a beer.  So what if your little group is an hour behind the front of the ride?  Your exploit, your rules.

 

An exploit is accessible to every cyclist.  A special ride, powered by passion over a route to dream for.  A cocktail of emotion, effort and intense enjoyment. The incredible tapestry of France provides infinite exploit source material: Serpentine routes, rich in cycling history. Villages and vistas of indescribable beauty. And a never ending menu of awe-inducing climbs that have challenged cyclists for over a century.

 

Let us know when you’re ready.  We’re here to help you live your own exploit.

 

John
 

2015 trips

Annecy - Ventoux

Tour de Haut Corse

Velo, Vino, Ventoux

Northern California's Finest

Etape-du-Tour - Maurienne

2016 trips

Italian Alps - Dolomites

French Alps Traverse

Etape du Tour + Alps

Latest Trips

Around Mont Blanc in 6 days

July 5-12, 2014

Around Mont Blanc in 6 days

2014

Pyrénées Traverse

Sep. 10-17, 2014

Pyrénées Traverse

2014

L'Etape du Tour & Pyrenees

July 16-24, 2014

L'Etape du Tour & Pyrenees

2014

La Marmotte

June 29-July 6, 2014

La Marmotte

2014

Southern Corsica

June 9-16, 2014

Southern Corsica

2014