Category Archives: Tour de France

The TDF Arrives on the Champs-Élysées

“…riding in France during the Tour you are afforded a respect and recognition from almost everyone. The traffic gives way and locals encourage you from the road side. “Allez, allez!” has been the soundtrack to each ride we’ve done. That you’re engaged in a pursuit, at whatever level, that forms such an important part of the culture means you’re heroic just in that. You’re part of a proud tradition and one that’s palpable wherever you go, because it’s in France.” Well said, Matt and Stefano in their final blogpost for Seven Reasons to Visit the Tour de France We finished […]

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Cycling in the French Pyrenees

The only thing we’ve loved more on this trip than the French Alps was cycling in the French Pyrenees. We fell in love with this area of France on a train ride from Paris to Barcelona with our dear friends Vince and Kirsten in 2002. Last year we drove around exploring. Now we’ve cycled in the area, and in September, we plan to hike part of the Grande Randonnée 10 (GR10), a well-marked hiking trail that runs the length of the Pyrenees on the French side of the France/Spain border. The trail runs from just south of Biarritz on the […]

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Vive le Tour de France

“But every July the world knows that a struggle of epic proportions will occur and the man who emerges victor will have achieved true lasting fame and glory…. it is a marvelous gigantic event that has time to develop like a giant novel… a race of unbelievable difficulty with a gloriously rich history.” The Story of the Tour de France by Bill and Carol McGann Watching all of France galvanize around the TDF has been more moving and special than we ever could have imagined. From the spectacle of the publicity caravan to the RVers and picnickers lining the roads to the […]

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Cycling in the French Alps

Days 2, 3 and 4 of our Best of the 2014 Tour de France cycling trip were all stunning (and HARD) rides in and among the French Alps. Nothing for the rest of the trip would be as difficult for us as Alpe d’Huez on the first day (combination of jetlag, heat and the famous 21 virages or switchbacks), but each day still brought a mountain to climb.  We basically just went at our own pace, kept turning the pedals over, and eventually reached the top, always to cheers and high-fives from our new mates. To really get the whole […]

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Bonjour! From Le Tour de France 2014

“I was joined by Jen, an ex-pro who works with Bikestyle Tours, for the last few switchbacks and was barely able to make conversation. To give you an idea about relative effort, while I slipped quietly into my pain cave she was on the internet on her phone, looking up CyclingTips. I shit you not. Not long after she disappeared into the distance.”   Matt McCullough, reporting for This pretty much wraps up the first climb on our Tour de France bike trip with Bikestyle Tours, and we were much further back in the pack than Matt. What were […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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