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Winter in Paris, Spring in Provence (photo dump/ride report)(10 posts)

Winter in Paris, Spring in Provence (photo dump/ride report)philippec
Apr 22, 2003 1:36 PM
So, I finally got around to developing a bunch of el-cheapo disposable cameras I had been carrying around on rides here in Paris and, more recently, down in Provence. Here are some selected pic's for a virtual ride through France, a country where Hollywood chewing gum has yet to be renamed to a suitably non-american name! (that last bit was all in fun, I decline any responsability for any flaming that might was in fun, FUN I say!!!).

Like many of you on the east coast, France got whacked w/ several winter storms (though none were as severe as the ones you are still digging out from). Snow is enough of a rarity here in the Paris region that it deserves to be captured on film. These are from the St. Germain forest where I re-connected w/ the pure fun of riding single track in sub-zero temps on sheet ice...whooooppee!

and yours truly, frozen face and all...

Later, getting ready for a training ride in front of the team vehicles in Persan... the great thing about our uniforms is that we can also wear them to do clown acts at childrens' b'day parties for extra cash!

And, now for something completely different, Haute Provence in the springtime....

blossoming wild cherry trees....

The view from our bedroom....

Ah-ha, so that is where I am...

Riding down out of the village....

admiring the view...

and trying not to scare the sheep!

Random shots from villages and towns along several rides over the past week...

morning market... the strawberries (gariguettes, no less!) have finally arrived!

2 kms out my front door...

Plane trees along the roads...

and in village "places" (here w/ an olive tree)

Over the 1.5 weeks I was down there, I got in as much serious training as my top fans would allow (here I am w/ one of them), ~600 early, early am kms + 2 45 minute vomit sessions on the trainer (is it just me or do other people bring trainers on holidays?....really, I only do this in the spring to prepare for the may-june stage races, the trainer does not leave the dungeon at any other time of the year!) Now, if only I can make the right break in this week-ends race... and stay w/it!


Ummm....I'd like to go next time. n/mfracisco
Apr 22, 2003 1:45 PM
re: Tre' Bon--Magnifiqueteoteoteo
Apr 22, 2003 1:49 PM
Sorry Phillipe my French is poor but I am very jealous. Thanks for the inspiration as I have hill repeats to go do in preparation for the Alps and Pyrenees.

I arrive in Paris July 2nd and will be chasing the Tour all month. Hopefully we'll cross paths by chance and maybe we can arrange a rbr meeting and photo for the poor souls in the states!
re: Tre' Bon--Magnifiquephilippec
Apr 22, 2003 1:59 PM
Sounds like a plan! I'll be down in the Pyrenees for the Etape and will be catching some of the stages down there. You won't be hard to miss if you plan on wearing the mega texas hat again (did you know that your picture was in Cycle magazine over here?), e-mail me at and we can arrange a rbr ride/photo shoot, perhaps at the top of the Aubisque!


re: Tre' Bon--Magnifiqueteoteoteo
Apr 22, 2003 7:45 PM
I will mail indeed. I am staying in Lourdes at the Grand Hotel de la Grotte and will arrive the 19th of July and stay through the 22nd until we move on following the race.

The Cowboy hat only comes out on certain days but I'll make sure and have it the day we meet. It is s bit of a tale how that goofy tradition got started but it all in fun. While traveling with my friend and co-worker in 2000 TdF I had to use an assumed identity to submit some articles--voila the Cowboy hat wearing Captain Texas was born.

We had a lot of fun making fun of Texans clashing with tradition steeped European fans in those articles.
Cute little podium girl you got there ;-)js5280
Apr 22, 2003 3:32 PM
I assume she's your daughter. How many languages does she know? Thanks for sharing the pictures of your travels, very beautiful.
beautiful shotsbianchi boy
Apr 22, 2003 4:35 PM
I hope I get a chance to ride in France one day.
re: Winter in Paris, Spring in Provence (photo dump/ride report)mapei boy
Apr 23, 2003 1:51 PM
Superb shots of a beautiful land. Are the ones in the south taken around the Gorge du Verdun and Moustiers? My wife and I spent some time in that area a couple years back. Someday, maybe soon, we gonna get back there.
re: Winter in Paris, Spring in Provence (photo dump/ride report)outofthesaddle
Apr 23, 2003 4:18 PM
Philippe - Great pics. In a little over 2 weeks, I'm going to be heading over to Paris and then to Provence. I've got two top fans (5 years and 3 years) so finding ride time is going to be hard to do. I'd really love to ask you a few questions about riding routes, bike shops, etc in the area. Can you shoot me an email with your email info?

Hollywood --> CannesKenS
Apr 24, 2003 6:33 AM
Underneath could go the phrase-- "No Iraquis were harmed in the making of this gum"

Thanks for posting a wonderful set of photographs.