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SKYLINE CYCLING CLUB

www.pobox.com/~skyline

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2016

 

From the "Chair"

Search for those naked ladies in the Pescadero graveyard with Bob Yee on August 12. Join Richard Rosenberg on his 6th Canary Challenge on September 24, see page 5 for details. Read up on Connie Jorgensens 2016 South Africa tour and Leslie Trains ride through the French Alps in 2015 starting on page 7.

We thank our volunteers who offered to lead a ride, host an event or contribute to this newsletter in April, May & June Richard Rosenberg (Monday rides), John Schaefer (Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday rides), Steve Teng (Saturday rides), Roy Jordan (Wednesday night rides) and a special thanks to Lenore Cymes for organizing the 11th annual Ed Riffle Memorial Fest in May.

Reminders: The Bicycle Outfitter gives eligible Skyline members 10% off parts and accessories but the member must mention it before the transaction is rung up at the cash register. The Wednesday and Thursday rides will start at 10:30 AM beginning October 5th.

August Wednesday Night Rides

August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31     Roy Jordan     Gunn High School, Palo Alto

 

 

Save the Dates!! The 2016 Munchalong Day is Saturday, October 29, 2016 and the Skyline Christmas Party is Friday, December 9, 2016

Dues increased on April 1st now $17 for singles and $25 for couples. Read this newsletter on-line at www.pobox.com/~skyline rather than receive it by mail. Send an e-mail request to skyline@pobox.com or scc@pobox.com to drop snail mail.

 

SKYLINE CYCLING CLUB OFFICERS

Activities Leslie Train ltrain494_AT_yahoo_DOT_com
Treasurer Steve Teng (408) 733-4706 sctng_AT_pacbell_DOT_net skyline_AT_pobox_DOT_com
Newsletter Leslie Train ltrain494_AT_yahoo_DOT_com
CABO Cornell Scanlan     (408) 733-7989
Club Telephone     (408) 733-4706
Club e-mail skyline@pobox.com or scc@pobox.com    
Club Web Site www.pobox.com/~skyline

 

RIDE CLASSIFICATIONS

Class 1 Flat

Class 2 Rolling Terrain

Class 3 Sustained Climb(s) of 1 mile or more

Class 4 Sustained climb(s) and steep grades

Usually rain, the threat of rain, or wet roads will cancel a ride. Call the ride leader if you have any questions about exceptions to this policy.

 

ABOUT HELMETS

We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that all riders on Skyline rides wear hard shell helmets. Ride leaders have the option to make helmets required on their individual rides. If you do not have a helmet, please consider getting and wearing one. We want you to have a safe ride with us.

The Skyline Cycling Club, PO BOX 60176, SUNNYVALE, CA 94088, publishes the Spoken Word 4 times per year. It is free to club members. Annual membership is $17.00 for individuals, $25.00 for couples, and $12.00 for full time college students. An application form is on page 9 of the newsletter.

 

JULY EVENTS

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, July 2     9:30 AM
12-18 Miles           Class 1/3
Steve Teng             (408) 733-4706

Social road rides for all skill levels with an easy and a slightly harder/longer option for the more advanced riders. Meet near the Erik's Deli next to Starbucks in the Quito Village Shopping Center on Cox between Saratoga Avenue and Quito Road. Route sheets provided for all rides, helmets required, rain or wet roads cancel. Join us for lunch after the ride.

103rd Tour de France
Utah Beach to Paris - www.letour.fr
July 2 to 24     21 stages, 3,519 KM

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, July 3     10:30 AM
25/30 Miles      Class 2 to 3
John Schaefer    (408) 732-3474

Join John on the casual Sunday road rides for both slow and fast paced cyclists on 20 and 30-mile loops. There is always a coffee stop on Alpine or Woodside or downtown Saratoga on the first Sunday of the month. Tandems and recumbents are always welcome. Meet every Sunday behind The Bicycle Outfitter at 963 Fremont Avenue in Los Altos www.bicycleoutfitter.com. Helmets are required, rain cancels. Ride to downtown Saratoga (and back) July 3.

Don Burnett's Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, July 4     9:30 AM
20/30 Miles           Class 2/3
Richard Rosenberg         (650) 494-8792

Start your week with a fast or easy ride (you decide) to Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park. Reflect upon the past weekend with old and new friends from ACTC, WW and Skyline. One of the leaders will lead the group back to the start through quiet residential streets on Don's famous "puzzle" route. Meet at Undiscovered Country Cycling, 2449 Grant Road, one block southeast of the Lucky's on Arboretum & Foothill/Grant Road in Los Altos. Co-listed ACTC/WW.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, July 6 & 7     9:30 AM
www.bicycleoutfitter.com

Join John and the youthful seniors on a casual road ride for all levels of riders, all types of bikes, tandems and recumbents included. There are several route options from a flat 18 or 20-mile loop through Shoreline to moderate and very hilly 15- to 22-mile routes.  All ride options lead to Peets Coffee in downtown Los Altos before returning to the store. Meet every Wednesday and Thursday behind The Bicycle Outfitter at 963 Fremont Avenue in Los Altos, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, July 9     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Death Ride - Markleeville
Saturday, July 9     129 miles/15,000 feet+
www.deathride.com

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, July 10     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, July 11     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, July 13 & 14     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, July 16     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, July 17     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, July 18     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, July 20 & 21     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, July 23     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Devils Slide Road Bike Ride - Pacifica
Saturday, July 23     36/62/103 miles
www.devilslideride.org

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, July 24     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, July 25     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, July 27 & 28     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, July 30     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Santa Cruz Mountain Challenge - Santa Cruz
Saturday, July 30
www.santacruzcycling.org

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, July 31     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

 

AUGUST EVENTS

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, August 1     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, Aug 3 & 4     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Wednesday Night Ride - Gunn High School
Wednesday, August 3     6:00 PM Sharp
10-20 Miles,     Class 1/3
Roy Jordan     (408) 735-8765
Cell                 (408) 757-1132

Meet at Gunn High School on Arastradero near Foothill Expressway in Palo Alto for an early evening ride in the local hills. Join the group for dinner afterwards, location announced at the ride. Helmets and common sense are required, rain cancels

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, August 6     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, August 7     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, August 8     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, August 10 & 11     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Wednesday Night Ride - Gunn High School
Wednesday, August 10     6:00 PM Sharp

See August 3 write-up for details.

Naked Ladies in the Grave Yard??
Friday, August 12     10 AM
30 Miles                 Class 2
Bob Yee                     (650) 967-6190

Bob is leading a ride in search of the naked ladies and possible pink flamingos of Pescadero. Call Bob for details and/ or suggestions. Bring lunch money and wear your helmet.

Saturday Morning Ride with Steve or Leslie
Saturday, August 13     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, August 14     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, August 15     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, August 17 & 18     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Wednesday Night Ride - Gunn High School
Wednesday, August 17     6:00 PM Sharp

See August 3 write-up for details.

Saturday Morning Ride with Leslie
Saturday, August 20     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Tour de Menlo - Atherton
Saturday, August 20     35/46/65 miles
www.tourdemenlo.com

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, August 21     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

70th Vuelta en Espana
August 20 to September 11
Ourense to Madrid     3,277 KM

40th Tour of Napa Valley - Yountville
Sunday, August 21     35/40/65/100 miles
www.eaglecyclingclub.org

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, August 22     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, August 24 & 25     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Wednesday Night Ride - Gunn High School
Wednesday, August 24     6:00 PM Sharp

See August 3 write-up for details.

Saturday Morning Ride with Leslie
Saturday, August 27     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, August 28     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, August 29     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wednesday, August 31     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Wednesday Night Ride - Gunn High School
(Last Ride of the 2016 Season)
Wednesday, August 31     6:00 PM Sharp

See August 3 write-up for details.

 

 

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Thursday, September 1     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride with Leslie
Saturday, September 3     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, September 4     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels. Ride to downtown Saratoga (and back) on September 4.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, September 5     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, Sept 7 & 8     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride with Steve
Saturday, September 10     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, September 11     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, September 12     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, September 14 & 15     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, September 17     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, September 19     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, September 19     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, September 21 & 22     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, September 24     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Canary Challenge - Palo Alto
Saturday, September 24     31/50/62/100 miles
http://canarychallenge.com

Join Richard Rosenberg on his 6th Challenge, a premier cycling and fundraising event to benefit the Canary Foundation. Funds raised go directly to the cancer early detection research and innovative clinical programs through the Canary Foundation. The funds raised will stay local to help in the prevention, early detection and treatment for this disease.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, September 25     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, September 26     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thur, Sept 28 & 29     9:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

 

 

COMING IN OCTOBER

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, October 1     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, October 2     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, October 3     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, Oct 5 & 6     10:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.
Note 10:30 start time!

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, October 8     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, October 9     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, October 10     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, Oct 12 & 13     10:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.
Note 10:30 start time!  

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, October 15     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, October 16     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, October 17     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, Oct 19 & 20     10:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.
Note 10:30 start time!  

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, October 22     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, October 23     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, October 24     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, Oct 26 & 27     10:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.
Note 10:30 start time!  

NO Saturday Morning Ride - Munch-a-Long Day
Saturday, October 29

Ride the Munch-a-Long instead this day!

Munch-a-Long Day
Saturday, October 29     10 AM
25 miles, Class 1.5; 40 miles, Class 2.5
Ken Holloway      (408) 554-0180

Join Skyliners for this all time favorite progressive dinner/potluck ride with easy to hard riding options and 2 to 3 stops. The stops include for hors d'oeuvres, salads and drinks and the main course back at Ken's. RSVP to Ken by Thursday, October 27 with your side dish contribution and your entree choice (Skyline provided) of chicken (white or dark), salmon or steak. Rain cancels the ride but not the feast, bring your side dish and favorite beverage.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, October 30     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, October 31     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

 

 

 

COMING IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, Nov 2 & 3     10:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, November 5     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, November 6     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, November 7     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Youthful Seniors Road Ride
Wed & Thurs, Nov 9 & 10     10:30 AM

See July 6 & 7 Youthful Seniors Road Ride for details, rain cancels.

Saturday Morning Ride
Saturday, November 12     9:30 AM

See July 2 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Sunday Casual Road Ride
Sunday, November 13     10:30 AM

See July 3 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Monday Morning Mocha Mooch Ride
Monday, November 14     9:30 AM

See July 4 write-up for details, rain cancels.

Thanksgiving Day - November 24
No Youthful Seniors ride this day

Skyline Holiday Party -- Hors d'Oeuvres & Gift Exchange
Friday, December 9     6 PM
Barbara & Dick Clapp     (650) 965-4506
BKClapp@aol.com

Come join Barbara & Dick Clapp for a holiday hors d'oeuvres and gift exchange. Bring a hearty appetizer to share, your favorite beverage and a nice gift, wrapped, in the $10-20 range. Participation in the gift exchange is optional but encouraged! Call or email Barbara by Wednesday, December 7 if you are coming.

 

 

 

The Best of South Africa
By Connie Jorgensen
February 28 to March 14, 2016

This BAC (Bicycle Adventure Club) 15 day ride with 16 riders had it all stunning scenery, wonderful food and wines, great weather, challenging climbs, and the opportunity to participate in the worlds largest timed bicycle event, The Capetown Classic Tour, also known as The Argus.

After meeting in Capetown and recovering from jetlag most of us did an ascent of Table Mountain, some by cable car, but 7 of us hiked the 2,600, 1.5 mile climb up a rocky trail in 87 degree weather. We were rewarded by incredible views of Capetown and the Western Cape on a cloudless day.

After Capetown we spent 3 days in the town of Paarl located in the wine country for some training rides to prep for the Argus. A highlight of our stay was a wine tasting conducted by a Master Sommelier (one of only 200 in the world). We were delightfully entertained as we sipped a variety of 8 delicious wines and learned of the 5 Ss of wine tasting (see, swirl, sniff, sip, savor). We had unusually hot weather (high 90s) but we were focused on our goal and did several significant climbs (Taal Mountain and Bains Kloof Pass) and a couple hundred miles before returning to Capetown.

This was the 39th year for The Argus. It is a highly anticipated event in South Africa, a sports crazy country. Only 5,000 riders are accepted from outside South Africa (this year there were 32,000 total riders; some years there have been over 40,000). If your ego needs stoking, this is the ride for you! The 109 KM route (with ~4,000 feet of climbing) is lined with spectators cheering on the riders with shouts of well done. It is an extremely wellorganized ridethe roads (including a major freeway) are closed, riders are grouped into starting times at 4 minute intervals, and there are rest stops every 5-7 miles. The energy and enthusiasm of the riders and spectators reminded me of the Bay to Breakers, minus the beer and naked people. We were very fortunatelocals told us this was the best weather in 10 years! And, it is one of the most beautiful bike rides youll ever findcircling out towards the Cape of Good Hope and around the Cape peninsula.

The day after The Argus we headed to Stellenbosch, the 2nd oldest town in South Africa and in the heart of the wine country. We spend 3 days there before heading south to the coast. Highlights during out second week were a brai (barbecue) at a local apple farm in the town of Villersdorp and a wonderful lunch in a private home overlooking Bettys Bay. South Africans are very hospitable and welcoming and we had wonderful food and, yes, more delicious wine.

Our last day was along the coast from Hermanus to Gordons Bay and is considered to be one of the 10 most beautiful rides in the world, according to Bicycling Magazine. It was spectacular and we were all wishing it had been longer than 45 miles!

This tour, like other BAC South Africa tours, is conducted by Outntour, which is owned by Cheryl and Dave Griffiths. They can give Backroads lessons on how to run a bike tour. They are incredibly supportive, knowledgeable and always happy to assist, a true delight!

South Africa is a beautiful country; the area around Capetown reminded me a lot of Californiabeautiful beaches, mountains, and spectacular wine estates that would put Napa to shame. In March the US$ was at an all time compared to the Rand and South Africa was a first world country with third world prices. In spite of the (still) racial tension/segregation that exists to some extent the country and the people have a nice ambiencevery social, very relaxed.

 

 

 

Lakes & Mountains of Haute Savoie
By Leslie Train
June 2 to June 16, 2015

Last June Bob Yee and I cycled a BAC tour through the stunning French Alps of Haute Savoie. Our ride started and ended at a French hotel in Ferney Voltaire near the Geneva airport. On ride day one day we crossed Geneva, Switzerland. It was sheer terror for me with all that traffic, complicated turns and my desperate attempts to keep the other riders in sight. But, once outside the city and back into France we cycled peacefully along beautiful Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) to Evian les Bains, a short days ride. And, yes, Evian water comes from here. As a young teenager in boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, I used to gaze across the lake at night at all the bright lights in Evian les Bains, a casino and major spa town, and wished I could escape across the lake to all the action. Well, I finally made it but my definition of action has changed.

The next day we started our climb into the French Alps of Haute Savoie. The cool weather we had experienced our previous week in France turned into the 80's. After a short ride of 21 miles and 2,750' of climbing we arrived at the mountain village of Abondance famous for its cheese from the cows of the same name. We were here for a two-night stay. Our sag drivers, Woody Sherwood & Marnie Easley from Crested Butte, CO, had previously lived and worked in the development of the ski business here.

The following day I missed the loop ride through Champery (40 miles and 4,500' of climbing) to rest up my legs for the next big climbs. A major thunderstorm cracked over our heads the second night in Abondance and dropped buckets of rain that washed mud and gravel on our roads to ride. We departed the next morning in good weather for our first climb over Col du Corbier (4,035') (col = mountain pass) before it got too hot then on to another ski town for lunch and over Col des Gets (3,839') then another long downhill. We came around a corner and there was Mt. Blanc in all its glacial glory. We were on the Route des Grandes Alpes. Our night was spent in the flatlands in the town of Thyez, a 34 mile day and 3,020'.

We were off the next morning to climb to the famous upscale ski resort of Megeve for another 2-night stay, about 2,455' of climbing. Along the way we passed through the ski village of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. The alpine scenery in the Haute Savoie was so spectacular, punctuated by Mt Blanc and an enormous assortment of brilliant wildflowers.

It was time to rest the legs again and explore the beautiful mountain town of Megeve. Several in our group risked the long bus ride to Chamonix to take the gondola up Mt Blanc. It was risky because the trip up the mountain was weather dependent but they were lucky that day and had spectacular views.

It was now riding day 6, we pedaled out for Areches, 28 miles and 3,570' of climbing. We went over the Col des Saisies at 4,429, a frequent climb on the Tour de France. We stopped in Beaufort for coffee and a snack before the final hard climb into Areches. And if that wasnt enough our hotel room was on the tippy top accessed only by narrow outside stairs, another horrible climb dragging my overstuffed duffle along with Bobs much appreciated help.

Beaufort is famous for its cheeses of the same name. References to the production of Beaufort date back over 2,000 years before the Roman occupation of France. The milk is sourced mainly from the Tarantaise cows, an ancient mountain breed and the rest from the Abondance breed. Their tinkling bells provided us with music along the way. A rare goat cheese, Grataron d'Acreches is also produced in this area.

Our longest ride day took us from Areches to Aix les Bains, 60 miles and 1,560'. We went mostly down, across flat lands and along the edge of Albertville where we picked up the Voie Verte (bike path) de la Leysse which took us most of the way to Aix les Bains for a 2-night stay.

Aix les Bains has been a spa town since Roman times. It is situated on the east bank of Lac du Bourget in the hilly country of the Bugey, foothills of the Alpes and also part of the lower western extension of the Jura Mountains. At its northern end the lake drains into the Rhone River.

The next day was a 34 mile ride around the lake with 1,690' of climbing and included a visit to the Royal Abbey of Hautecombe, founded in 1125'. One the following day we rode off to Annecy, 29 miles, 2,790' of climbing. We spent 3 nights by Lake Annecy considered Europes purest lake. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times. We circumnavigated the beautiful lake by bike but passed up the opportunity to ride another Tour de France climb, the Col de la Forclaz at 2,330' above the lake.

Riding day 12, our last day, took us from the shores of beautiful Lake Annecy past Lake Geneva (lac Leman) and back to our start point at Ferney Voltaire, 38 miles and 1,950' of climbing. It was another suicide ride across Geneva to get to our hotel in time to pack up the bikes for the flight home the following morning. We had a few sprinkles along the way but all ended well.

 

 

 

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