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Chateau de Pitray
Chateau de Pitray

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  • Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    Photos from the past week cycling in southern France with Natalie and Jim Clark ... we had a wonderful time. Above, the Dordogne River at the village of Flaugaques.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... cycling paradise.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    Above and below is a Chateau from the 16th century. Above the north facade, and below the south facade. It always amazes me that the roof is more than 400 years old and it has never been replaced ... nor does it leak.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    Biking makes you hungry so you have to stop for food a lot ... part of the suffering associated with the sport.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... Okay, there are some tough moments, rain and mechanical issues.

    Aubisque Allan and Nat

    We took the opportunity last Thursday to drive south and bike in the Pyrenees for a day. Here Natalie and I summit the Col d'Aubisque.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    Natalie, Jim and I near the summit of the Col d'Aubisque. We had nothing to complain about on this day.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    The start of the descent towards the Col de Soulor.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    At about mile 55 with our day almost over, we find ourselves on a small country road in the foothills, hoping that the gps is working correctly and we will make it back to the car.

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    Home sweet home ... back at Chateau Pitray.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... champagne at the luncheon for the Professional Criterium de Castillon.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... a little schmoozing with the local gals.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... race paraphernalia.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... the wine selection at lunch.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    This desert looked great even before I cracked it open ... and then the fireworks!

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    The Pro Criterium face started in good weather ...

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... Vockler in green with Contador not far behind.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... Jim concentrates on the race, and not the dark nasty clouds coming our way.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... I had to get in the ditch to get this shot.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    Natalie adjusting to the change in the weather.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    ... and then the monsoon rains.

    Cycling Dordogne and Pyrenees 2011

    Local fruit.