Two weeks in the French Alps, along with 2-day approaches/retreats is a good revision there, giving me the learning matrix of
|French urban (excluding Paris)||√||√|
|Windy country roads||√||√|
While there: MTB work, some on-road work including a 100 mile epic, a bit of basic Alpine hut hiking/scrambling —as well as staying with friends, eating too many cheese-based products (tartiflettes &c), consuming french beer and cidre, catching the Tour de France Chamrousse Stage and generally having fun.
I got to review some of the places last visited in 2009:
Where I'm pleased to see that I don't seem significantly rounder
The main difference this time was that someone was rinsing their clothes in this village fountain half-way up Col du Barrioz, so we had to sprint off before we got harassed, crossing the pass and sheltering from some rain in a bar/tabac where I opted to not drink that day
a policy which the camera's EXIF data implies lasted exactly nine minutes
Anyway: an excellent holiday —it was great to be back in the Alps.