Nestled between the infamous Col du Tourmalet and Col de Peyresourde in the beautiful Hautes-Pyrénées, the Col d’Aspin has a long and illustrious history with the Tour de France, first featuring in the race as part of the inaugural mountain stage (a mere 326km from from Luchon to Bayonne dubbed the Circle of Death) in 1910.
Starting off your day by the serene shores of Lake Misurina, a perfect Dolomite backdrop of two of the three "Tre Cime di Lavaredo" peaks is your every inspiration and, although this is only a short climb at just 7.5km, it's certainly not for the faint hearted.
Apres Velo caught up over a few beers with ex pro rider Henk Vogels who rode Paris Roubaix 5 times, finishing in 10th position in 1997 and 1998. Here is the snippet of our unplugged chat with Henk.
Alexey Vermeulen Video Diary: Changing the kind of bike you race is more difficult than it sounds, and no matter how many times that I say it out loud, I am still convincing myself that I race mountain bikes professionally now.
At 2,236m elevation, the Passo Giau is most famous for its regular inclusion in the Giro d’Italia and for amateurs it’s the fearsome 6th climb in the Maratona dles Dolomites sportive. However, on this occasion we’re taking a look at the northern approach from Cortina d’Ampezzo, which is considered the easier side of the two albeit as equally beautiful.
I had no idea what to expect while going into Old Pueblo 24 Hour this year, my goal was to race my mountain bike hard without much stress. Making the transition from the road to the dirt is a big change and I was determined to enjoy my first race.
Although the Apennines may not be as famous as the Alps to the north that's not to say they are any less of a challenge, often deserted their steep and irregular pitches are a playground of pleasure and pain.
Luz Ardiden: With a prestigious list of winners including Delgado, Indurain, Virenque, Jalabert, Armstrong and more, its close proximity to Spain means it’s one of the rare climbs that has featured in the Vuelta a España as well as the Tour de France.