your best place/pic from 2011

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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby martin113 » 16 Nov 2011, 7:24pm

Amazing photograph Herb and a great story. What is the bike in the photo?

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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby Richard Barrett » 16 Nov 2011, 10:56pm

Rolling along the beautiful new section of road on the east side of the Trotternish peninsula on Skye before it was officially opened.
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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby Reigncloud » 17 Nov 2011, 10:30am

Two pics from the same tour - Krakow to Venice via Croatia and Austria. Rained a fair bit unfortunately, but these are two highlights:

Lake Bled in Slovenia (you can see my thermarest mattress I was dipping in the lake to look for the leak!). This photo is 'as taken' i.e no photoshopping or otherwise. Was taken on a cheap Canon point and shoot we bought in Krakow after forgetting our normal camera!
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Italian Alps near Sella Nevea
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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby Audax67 » 17 Nov 2011, 10:57am

Herb wrote:
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As I neared the Pyrenees electical storms prevailed. I was scared nearly whitless by an overnight thunderstorm passing overhead while I lay in my tiny tent (like being in a battle zone !). The weather eased the following day ( with further storms promised ) so made my dash to climb over the Pyrenees . A straight climb of about 4,000 ft brought me to the ridge line (shown in the pic). The weather was glorious and I was estatic having climbed to this high altitude remote border crossing with all my gear. The down hill into Spain (to Ochagavia ) was very special with uninterupted views of unspoilt "green Spain" below me. I was "King of the Mountains" at that moment.


There's no better feeling. I'll have to put on a great-granny gear and get up there again.
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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby smith4188 » 17 Nov 2011, 11:09am

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Not a great photo but the best year of my life so far. Gibraltar was 2011's sixteenth and final capital in six months' cycling. I've seen some great places, large and small, met some amazing people, eaten some strange food (including marmot and donkey milk) and still found time for the studying I needed to do. The cycling highlight was the descent into Andorra la Vella via the 2400 metre Envalira Pass in August, one full hour of toasty-warm, fast freewheeling surrounded by gorgeous views. It's the highest pass over the Pyrenees and I didn't see a single other cycle tourer on the way up or down. There weren't any other bikes on The Rock either. Not surprising really - it's a steep sod - but the legs were well-tested by then.

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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby Audax67 » 17 Nov 2011, 12:49pm

Looks as if phpBB and pBase don't see eye to eye - my pics aren't making it. This is my usual gang on the Route des Vins after a toddle along the ridge road of the Vosges in May:
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The best view was probably this:
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This is the view from the Col de l'Engin in the Vosges, taken on a 230k jaunt in September. That was a hard one - 70 km without a teashop.
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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby geocycle » 17 Nov 2011, 5:03pm

Here are two pics from my Europe tour this summer.

The bike in the Ardennes:

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This is in Lorrainne.
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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby phil parker » 17 Nov 2011, 8:48pm

Glencoe from the Clachaigh...

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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby matt2matt2002 » 18 Nov 2011, 1:40pm

I thought I knew Glencoe
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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby phil parker » 18 Nov 2011, 2:47pm

It's just a bit further on from Glencoe village before you start your ascent to Ranoch moor. An infamous pub, called the Clachaig Inn (I've spent many a happy evening there as a climber after winter routes). There's a minor road, the one you can see, go over a small bridge, just out of view, and then you will join the main road and start the ascent!

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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby familyonabike » 18 Nov 2011, 3:53pm

What a great thread.. so full of inspiration!

One of my favourites for 2011 is this day, approaching the High Tatras in the summer heat (yes they had summer in Slovakia).

We were so overheated we'd purchased dish cloths in Aldi (yes they have Aldi also)

There's nothing like a damp dishcloth to cool you down!

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It was one cool day! Although I don't think we looked so cool.
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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby jonnystv » 21 Nov 2011, 2:39pm

Still on tour and currently having a couple of days off in Addis Ababa. The landscapes in Ethiopia are spectacular but that can only mean one thing - lots of hills. Biggest challenge so far was climbing out of the Nile Gorge. 1200m down in half an hour, 1300m up the other side in seven hours. My favourite images attached:

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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby GraceJ » 21 Nov 2011, 5:20pm

For us, the best ride in 2011 was descending the Baralacha La pass in Northern India.

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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby Mattie » 21 Nov 2011, 6:05pm

Wow, amazing pics.

Can this be turned into an annual competition ? it would be a very prestigious award to win - CTC Cycle Touring Picture of the Year. Calendars, books, publicity - (please stop me if you think I am getting carried away :D )

Just a thought

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Re: your best place/pic from 2011

Postby rollinbone » 22 Nov 2011, 8:41am

Wow - great response.

all make me want to climb on my bike and go to all those places
will inspire me as I plan for 2012 during these long dark winter nights

more please - the photo dont have to be great, just the memories