About Jonathan

I am an attorney who lives in the cycling-crazed area of Evergreen, Colorado. Like many cyclists, I gave up running and took up cycling more than 30 years ago because of chronically sore knees and ankles. Now I’m a 55+ something who never got over the joy of riding his bike. For me, cycling is my escape, my therapy, and the reason I have the energy and desire to attack life like it’s a steep climb. My motto is, fittingly, “Enjoy the ride.”
 
Riding a bike has allowed me to see things and places I never would have seen but for cycling. Cycling in the French Alps in 2019 will be my tenth cycling trip in France in 14 years, and my eighth time in the last ten years. The first was a self-guided “trip of a lifetime” to watch the Tour de France in the Alps and climb some of the classic climbs of the Tour, including Alpe d’Huez.  In subsequent trips I've taken friends to share in the joy of cycling in France.
 
I’m hooked by the entire experience – the roads and scenery, the food and wine, and the people. And now I look forward to a nearly annual pilgrimage to the mecca of cycling, where riding a bike is as much a way of life as it is a sport.
 
(As an aside, I first fell in love with “Le Tour” in the summer of 1987 when I was studying at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. It just so happened that an Irishman, Stephen Roche, led and eventually won the Tour that July and thus there was live, start-to-finish coverage of every stage on one of the 2 Irish TV stations. Every afternoon I watched the Tour in amazement, and I joined close to a million people in Dublin for Stephen Roche’s victory parade a few days after he won.)
 
Perhaps most importantly for you and this site, my wife would tell you that I love maps, research, and planning. While I speak a little French, it’s only enough to get by. What’s important is that I research an area thoroughly so that I know it even before I visit, and my multiple prior visits provide necessary “hands-on” experience for the particular area. Not only do I know the cycling routes, I know the bike shops, restaurants, local markets, sightseeing, etc.
 
After having several of my friends tag along for a cycling trip in France and rave about the experience, I decided to share my knowledge and experience with a bigger audience. You too can and should experience the joy of cycling in France – without having to spend several thousand dollars with a tour company. Perhaps you’ll become hooked like me and travel to France every year for a “trip of a lifetime”!
 
PS.  My cycling résumé is relatively short. When I first took up cycling I raced mountain bikes and finished in the top 5 on a couple of occasions. For the past 20+ years I’ve ridden road bikes almost exclusively, and early on I raced four times that I can recall: one critirium (one was enough for me); two road races; and one hill climb (up Mt. Evans in CO in 2003). In 2019 I raced Iron Horse (the road race from Durango to Silverton, finishing in the top 1/3 for my age group) and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (finishing third in my age group).
 
Thus, I’m not a hardcore racer, but I am relatively fit and I love to climb mountains on a bike. For me, suffering while climbing a mountain on a road bike knows no equal! Without setting any speed records I’ve now ridden the most famous Tour de France climbs multiple times, including Alpe d’Huez, Mt. Ventoux, Col du Galibier, and the Col du Tourmalet, among many others, as well as Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak, CO and Haleakala, HI.

Enjoy the ride!