Motorbiking

"Biker" for me usually means motorbiking, though I also have a Marin mountain-bike...

My current motorbikes are a CBR600RR and a CBR600RW, both from Honda.

Previously I have owned: Honda VF750F, Yamaha FJ600, Suzuki GSX750EX, Yamaha FJ750, Yamaha XJ900, Kawasaki Z750 and I passed my riding test on my Kawasaki KH250.

See also my Motorbiking web links

Alps from Plateau d’Albion

Winter ride to see snowy mountains

Snow on Mt. Ventoux

My route was to ride, battling against the wind, up the Valley of the Rhône and then across the Vaucluse in the foothills of Mt. Ventoux (1911 m.). Ventoux remains cloudy but there is actual snow covering the bright white karst of the rocky upper slopes. Frost at the side of the road to Sault around the Col des Abeilles (995 m.), even today there is a cyclist thick in black Lycra, battling the gradient and the bitter wind.

Read more: Col des Abeilles (995 m.) & Plateau d’Albion (850 m.)

Bonnieux, Lubéron, Vaucluse

Bonnieux

Map reading, Lubéron, Vaucluse

My bike ride seeking the Provence of Peter Mayle. Thirty years on, it’s becoming difficult to find the charming Provence that beguiled the author Peter Mayle and made his book “A Year in Provence” a worldwide best-seller.

Read more: Lubéron: the traces of Peter Mayle

Cooking Crêpes de « La Chandeleur »

AMA Provence celebrates « La Chandeleur »

The French celebrate « La Chandeleur », the pagan festival of the end of winter, with a feast of pancakes. The Anglicans call this day Candlemas and light candles at midnight for purification. Pierre and Pascal treated members of AMA Provence to a feast of crêpes, there were rounds with meat, cheese, bananas flambé’d in rum, lemon and cheese.

Read more: Crêpes de « La Chandeleur »

Col de l’Espigoulier, north approach

Col de l’Espigoulier, Pic de Bertagne

First ride of 2019, an afternoon on my favourite training road, the Col de l’Espigoulier (723 m.), just outside of Marseille.

Read more: Rebonjour Provence

La Ciotat, Le Quai

Ride out to La Ciotat, the small-scale Mediterranean port between Toulon and Marseille.

The market, La Ciotat

Read more: La Ciotat

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En route from Marseille to the Alps

I'm riding light for a week on the mountain roads of the Alps. No laptop, although I do have my SLR camera but photos will have to wait till I'm back in Marseille..

I left Marseille for a long ride north via the Col de la Croix Haute (1179 m.) to Saint-Gervais under Mont Blanc. A bit of rain towards the end of the day which cleaned the Provence dust off my white leathers and boots but didn't soak me through.