I take so many photos during the year that I decided to take part in Friendly Friday – a brand new photo challenge, co-hosted on alternate weeks by Amanda from Something to Ponder About and Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere. Of course, I meant to post this on Friday, but I forgot! <hangs head in shame>
This week’s theme is Inspiration. So I’ve been flicking through my photos for inspiration. I started blogging initially to keep friends and family, who’d sponsored me to undertake a charity ride, up-to-date with my progress. After I’d successfully completed the event, they asked me to continue blogging as it gave them a view into our life in France. I still write about cycling, but the blog’s morphed more into a Lifestyle blog as I write about anything that takes my fancy such as my beloved [husband], the French, our life in France, recipes, trips, special memories, travel and sport.
So my photo really needs to be a shot of a cyclist or of a cycling event. Just one problem. Most, if not all, of our cycling photos are taken by my beloved with his all-singing, all-dancing SLR. I just snap away with my iPad or iPhone at the scenery or inanimate objects. But there’s a few………such as this one.
But here’s one I took of one of our friends who’s coming to the end of an illustrious career. We saw him take his first World Tour victory at Paris-Nice 2010 where he won the final stage and the spotted King of the Mountain’s jersey. Off the back of that win, the following year he moved to BMC and rode in support of Cadel Evans’ Tour de France victory in 2011. We saw him win a stage in the Tour du Haut Var in 2014 in the company of his family which was also a special occasion. At the end of 2017, he moved to Arkea-Samsic (formerly Fortuneo-Samsic) to ride in support of Warren Barguil and impart the benefit of his years’ of experience to the younger members of the squad.
Amael’s a talented rider with three top 20 finishes in grand tours on his palmares (14th Tour de France 2008, 18th Vuelta 2009 and 15th Giro d’Italia 2015) and has a enjoyed a long and successful career. This season may be his last. We love watching our friends take part in races and, though it rarely happens, enjoy watching them win. It’s truly inspiring.