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Breathe deep and let the Aspin fill your mind with dreams!

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.

Passo Giau – The Newbie Climb with the Fearsome Reputation

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.

The Legendary Luz Ardiden is Here!

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.

How to Survive Winter?

In this episode of Behind the Ride I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at some of the ways I “try” to survive winter, a time of year I particularly struggle with. From bike set-up to staying visible and some key items of kit that I’ve found particularly useful. I hope it helps you be safe, seen and comfortable during the darker months of the year.

27.8km of Swiss Magic, Welcome to the Sustenpass!

At 27.8 kilometres in length Switzerland's Sustenpass can easily have you feeling quite daunted at the prospect of scaling it on two wheels. Lush meadows, dense forests and chocolate-box villages make way for a sensory overload of tunnels, waterfalls, high mountain lakes and glaciers!

The Legendary Col du Tourmalet!

Without question the Col du Tourmalet is one the all time greats of cycling, first featuring in the 1910 Tour de France and with over 80 appearances since make it amongst the very oldest, and the most frequently used, climb in the history of the race.