As the Tour de France is due to fly through Verchaix and Samoens with riders on their way up the gruelling stage 20 of the race to Col de Plane on 23rd July 2016, we took to riding ourselves. Dug the mountain bikes out of their crypt, dusted them off and took to road. Starting in Verchaix we rode down to the river at Lac Bleu and followed the well trodden trials towards Sixt fer Cheval. The photos above were taken along the way, to the 'Land of Waterfalls' the rafters were ar 'Gorges des Tines' and the little church is only accessible by waking (or cycling)...
Looking forward to getting out to the mountains for the Tour De France 2016 – On the 2nd July the 103rd Tour De France will depart from Mont Sainte-Michel, La Manche in the North of France. It will cover a total distance of 3,519 Km before it finishes in Paris on the 24th july.There are 21 stages which cover four countries France, Spain, Andorra and Switzerland. There are alot of new places for the Tour this year 16 places never visited before. We are delighted that Morzine features in this years tour. Stage 20 is passes through Verchaix at the Col de Joux plane.
Christian Prudhomme’s comment. – “The Grand Final for the climbers and maybe for the Yellow Jersey will once again be played in the Alps. On a short and intense stage for which one will have to keep energy… and cold blood. Indeed after the climbs to the Col de la Ramaz, and then Joux Plane, the Tour could well be decided on a long 12-kilometre downhill portion. A first! “
Megeve has never hosted the tour but has been the start of many stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné. This stage of the Tour will start from Megeve and head through Flumet. The 1st climb of the day Col des Aravis 1487m, then on to Le Grand Bornand. The 2nd climb is Col de la Colombiére 1618m. They will then cross the valley floor and after leaving Mieussy the riders take on the Col De la Ramaz 1619m. Descending to Taninges and along to Samoen where they tackle the biggest climb of the day the Col de Joux plane 1691m. The final descend into Morzine for what we expect will be an exciting finish to the Mountain stages and the end of the penultimate day.
I've just been reading through the old posts on the blog, and was reminded why i'm not racing..
We lost a friend a few years ago. Only 8 boats in Last Race of the Season... Details of the accident as reported by the BBC.
I haven't logged on to the Aaron Emmett blog for a while but I thought I'd share this with you. Stumbled across it whilst on a flight and it made me smile...
So it's off to the the French Alps for some last minute skiing! Brand new this season the Secret Chalet has just been finished! Located in the award winning village of Samoens (Coq d'Or - as one of France's prettiest villages). The Secret Chalet has got some of the most awe inspiring views in the world. All the accommodation in Samoens is picture perfect but if you ski then you couldn't find a more amazing part of the world. 265km of Fantastic skiing and the most family resort. Less than an hour from Geneva check out the website Chalet Samoens for more info about it.
BBC Report of Weymouth Here.
Rest In Peace Mike Lovell.
All that I can say is how devastated we all are at the loss of a great guy. Our thoughts and love are with Mike's family and friends, and all the Peters and May Team. It hit home when we got back to the truck to find the boys had turned all our signage upside down, as is their joke. No words to describe the sadness. We pray for Dan's recovery ....
Training session with multi world champion Neil Holmes today got cancelled. Why. HUGE stress fracture and hole in the boat from Cowes... Fixing it prior to Weymouth
The Cowes Race was our only endurance race of the season. The start was a shambles, with pleasure boats in the start muster area as well as the very quick wham bam thank mam start with many of the boats not even having the opportunity to line up. Unfortunately this left us almost 200 metres behind... and the race to the first turn buoy was hard work. The sea was choppy and we were fighting all the way through, crashing through every wave. Fortunately the whole race wasn't like this because it would have been 40 mins of hell otherwise!
We made it back with the boat in one piece... finishing 6th.
Aaron has an extensive sales and marketing background across a number of industry sectors, and is currently the Managing Director of Click, Which is a modern house builder, not entrenched in traditional building, Click are using cutting edge building methods and technologies to streamline the delivery of our exceptional homes.