The Victour

Cycling around the world, one road at a time


Epic day. Steep Marie Blanque, Col d’Aubisque, Col Saurol, then the “terrible mountain” Col du Tourmalet topped at 9:30pm! Big meal at La Mama

Begin rant: We’ve been fortunate to get a bit a unlocked WiFi on this trip to stay in touch and update this site. But if I had wanted some cellular data coverage, that’s another story. I normally pay 2 cents a MB in Canada. Fido offers me a roaming rate of $30 a MB. Ouch. […]

Only about 160km today but so much elevation and some epic climbs as we get deeper into the Pyrenees. This morning was a solid climb back into France, to 130km in Spain. Apparently it was raining all day in France. Spain was humid then sunny. The finishing climb was a wall of mountain — you […]

We’re off the plane in Biarritz after 3pm and make it past the Atlantic Ocean beaches into the Pyrenees foothills and over into Spain by 7:30. And wow what a hotel. Two beds, super cheap Spanish style 60 Euros, 3 star, North American style shower, cervesas delivered to the room, and most importantly, a room […]

On August 8, the two Victour creators are heading to the Pyrenees, cycling from Biarritz on the Atlantic coast to Collioure on the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, we’ll be riding nearly every significant Col, including some of the legendary Cols from this year’s Tour de France, the Tourmalet and Balès, rolling through Spain and […]

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Friday, May 16, 2008 Early start of breakfast at the hotel of fruit and scones. We headed up the coast, past surfers and irresistible strawberry shortcake which offered a “10% bike in discount.” 80 kilometers in, we hit Half Moon Bay for lunch: sandwiches at San Benito. The road got busier up Pacifica, then Skyline, […]

Thursday, May 15, 2008 Days like this should always start with a big breakfast at Deetjen’s. We detoured to a little known and secluded beach enclave around Big Sur and explored a bit. The road out of Big Sur was just as breathtaking as the way in, just less hilly. We road around Pebble Beach […]

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Words can’t describe this stunning coastline. We rode 141km to an awaiting massage, secluded hotel, and proper dinner at the Big Sur Inn, Deetjen’s. 141km

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