I’ve been working in Atlanta a lot lately. I spent a week there last February shooting tractors for a brand called Yanmar. Here are just a few of the shots.
Angel’s Landing was a truly adrenaline pumping hike I did in Zion today. The chains make this stretch look scary, but the scarier parts are the ones where there AREN’T chains!
A light rain kept all the rocks slick, and my mind focused. There were sections of this that I felt where much scarier than when I climbed Mount Rainier.
Luckily there are other routes to bike through the town rather than these steep and narrow streets.
A windmill near the town of Lacoste.Here’s a shot of me and my traveling companion, and fellow adventurer of nearly 30 years!
Tim and Andrea are the people who have dragged me into cycling. They did a Trek Travel riding camp on the island of Mallorca off the coast of Spain last year. Part of our crew heading into one of the tunnels on the route.Fiona and Mel are approaching the descent into Sault.
Above: Le Mont Ventoux. Nicknamed the “Beast of Provence,” this is the climb that’s kept most of us honest in our training all summer. A frequent stop on the Tour de France, this ascent features grades of up to 13% and has almost no switchbacks on which to catch your breath. We begin the day with a gentle 10k warmup from Mazan to Bédoin.The classic ascent is the 21.5 kilometer climb out of Bédoin with an elevation of 950 feet. The first 5k starts out easily enough with an initial grade of 4.5%, but after you hit St. Esteve the average grade is 9%. At the end of the 1622k (5000 foot) ascent you are treated to a 10% grade in the last 1500 meters for good measure.
Just about 1500 meters below the summit there is a shrine to British rider Tom Simpson who died on the ascent during the Tour de France in 1967. It has become something of a shrine to all cyclists, featuring plaques, stones and notes with messages to departed loved ones.
Karen (one of the 10 riders from our Trek Travel group to make today’s climb) summits Ventoux. She’s the president of the Franklin County Cycling Club in Pennsylvania, and in my opinion, happens to be one of the best climbers out here.
In retrospect, it’s rather comical to hoist my bike over my head when in took me 2 hours and 11 minutes to climb Ventoux. The record ascent for a Tour de France rider from Bédoin was set by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg in 1958 with a time of 1h 2m 9s. (There are faster recorded times, but they have since been stripped due to doping). Chris Froome blazed up the Malaucene route in 48 minutes last year, becoming the first Brit to win the Ventoux stage and sealing the deal in his Tour de France GC win.