Category: Sport

One from the Vaults: Postcard from the Vuelta III – Bizkaia

Here’s the last of my 2016 Vuelta a Espana trilogy. We first visited Bilbao in Bizkaia back in 2011 when the Vuelta stopped and started in the Basque country for the first time in 33 years. No prizes for guessing why the Vuelta had… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: Postcard from the Vuelta III – Bizkaia”

One from the Vaults: Postcard from the Vuelta II – Asturias

I’m continuing with my posts from 2016 Vuelta a Espana. Generally, as you know, my plans go strictly according to plan, but not this time……… Expectations were high for the remainder of our vacation, particularly after our previous hotels had spoilt us with spacious… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: Postcard from the Vuelta II – Asturias”

Do you want to go to a football match?

This was the question posed to me by my beloved who, courtesy of the mayor of Nice, had been invited to the first home game of the season at OGC Nice’s Allianz stadium. Usually my answer would be affirmative but in the current environment… Continue Reading “Do you want to go to a football match?”

One from the Vaults: Postcard from the Vuelta I – Galicia

Back in 2016 we followed the first stages of the Vuelta Espana as it traversed northern Spain. This year I shall be watching it (again) on the television as travel from France to Spain falls under the category of “not advisable.” After attending 10… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: Postcard from the Vuelta I – Galicia”

One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque IV

This is the last post in my first series of Postcards from the Pays Basque which were written in 2010. Saturday morning we rode down to the start of the Classica San Sebastian and secured a position as close as possible to the sign-on… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque IV”

One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque II

This post follows on from last Friday’s and continues our first vacation in the Basque Country back in 2010. I’m feeling particularly nostalgic as this year’s San Sebastian Classic race is being held tomorrow and we’re not there, again! My beloved and I have… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque II”

One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque I

Today we’re heading back to our maiden visit to the Basque Country in 2010. Sadly circumstances have prevented me visiting for the past couple of years. Consequently revisiting my many posts is probably as close as I’ll get this year. Of course, many of… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque I”

One from the Vaults: Reflections on the Tour de France 2017

As the 2021 Tour de France draws to a close this weekend, I revisit a post that I wrote about the Tour in 2017. There’s always a sense of loss the week after the Tour finishes. You have months of anticipation and speculation, three… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: Reflections on the Tour de France 2017”

One from the Vaults: Down, but not out

The professional peloton rode twice up Mont Ventoux on Wednesday of this week in the Tour de France. It was a magnificent stage won by Belgian champion Wout van Aert. I have ascended from all three sides on Ventoux – though not on the… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: Down, but not out”

One from the vaults: Postcard from the (De)Tour

As I’ve been watching the Tour de France most afternoons this week, I thought I might revisit this post from 2016 – was it really 5 years ago? Last year, on the way  to the Amstel Gold race, we ate lunch in Macon. It… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcard from the (De)Tour”