More great food and generating the energy to burn it off

Some of the amazing lunches we have had while riding through the villages on our daily routes.

 

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Alpe d’Huez

 

We road as a tight group our last trip up Alpe d’Huez making a fun challenge. A beautiful, warm fall day and an omlette lunch in a bistro in Bourg d’Oisans before heading over to next days ride, the col d’Izoard.

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Fall on the Col du Glandon, snowflakes in the air

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Shipping wine home from your stay here

One of the perks of riding in Provence, if you like wine, is the abundance of amazing Rhône producers in the region. Grenache and Syrah are the predominant grapes for reds, and Viognier for the whites, while many more locally grown varietals are allowed to be blended in. We live and operate in Séguret and our neighboring towns are Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Rasteau  – all Rhône Appellation d’Origine Contrõlée (AOC) classified wines. They are delicious and dramatically less expensive here than at home. A basic village level wine that would sell for $18 – $22 dollars in the States is about €5.00 ($7.25) here, with an infinity of producers to choose from.

Riders often ask if they can take back some of what they have tried and how to do it with the advent of strict “no liquids” in the cabin policy. Putting a bottle in your checked luggage often ends with ruined clothing (especially if it’s a red!).

There is a great way to do this, and we provide either a single, three, six, or twelve pack styrofoam shipping container that we help you pack your selection in. These foam “units” isolate and insulate each bottle and shock resist the whole assembly from airline baggage handling. We then slip the cardboard outer box into a local, generic french supermarket shopping bag with handles (they are designed to be used over and over – considerably heavier duty than our recent “eco” shopping bags at home). The bag is then closed with “FRAGILE” shipping tape and you are all set to send it as checked bags with no breakage worries. On your customs form just declare that you have “x” bottles of wine and you will pass through customs without an issue. You may have to pay duty if pressed on the value, but it will be well below your $1,000 dollar exemption.

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We’ve been exploring coastal rides on the Med as the weather warms

The Calanques near Marseille offer fantastic swimming and luncheon restaurants. The roads are winding and loop between the coast and inland into the hills and vineyards of Cassis and Bandol. A stunning sojourn from our rides on and near Mont Ventoux.

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Our Suzette ride that loops through the Dentelles

 

The Dentelles from the col du Suzette

Suzette ride by robertdeeley at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Stunning weather after 11 days of rain

Mont Ventoux from Suzette
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