France, Cycling and Weddings

The Tor de France is currently in full flow and I’m sat watching some very brave riders going up Mont Ventoux.  While my own country is enjoying what in some parts is being classed as a heat wave a combination of nice weather and Tor de France on tv has brought lots of cyclists onto the road.  So I thought it would be good to look at cycling, France and weddings.  Since I make bespoke stationery which you can see at my website Artemis Stationery we’re going to look at table name ideas.

I thought it would be quite easy to do Tor de France winners though I wasn’t too sure that would be too interested in those.  I did find a list though of the yellow jersey winners or general classification winners on Wikipedia for anyone who is interested http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tour_de_France_general_classification_winners.  I know recent revelations about Lance Armstrong might make that a less appealing.

Mountains

So since I’ve been marvelling at the efforts of the cyclists going up what seems to me like an insanely steep mountain, that made me think about the mountains!  So I’ve gone for the Hors catégorie mountains and climbs as termed by French cycling races.  Lesser mountains are classed from 1 down to 4 but the Hors catégorie mountains are those which are considered beyond classification.  Originally being roads that were considered too steep for cars to be able to make it up.  Obviously no longer the case as all the race cars and bikes do make it up!

A view from Col tourmalet by GIRAUD Patrick.  This photo is free to share under a creative commons license.  See more details in the article.
A view from Col tourmalet by GIRAUD Patrick. This photo is free to share under a creative commons license. See more details in the article.

I thought these names would also be useful for anyone who is fond of skiing, France or both.  I’ve put them in order of the number of times the Tor de France has visited them.  Though if you are interested in cycling and weddings in general I have a small board on Pinterest where bikes and cycling have made it into people’s big days http://pinterest.com/artmsstationery/cycling-weddings/

Table Names

  • Col du Tourmalet
  • Col du Galibier
  • Col d’Aubisque
  • Col d’Izoard
  • Alpe d’Huez
  • Col de la Madeleine
  • Col du Soulor
  • Col de la Croix-de-Fer
  • Mont Ventoux
  • Puy de Dôme
  • Col du Glandon
  • Col de Joux-Plane
  • Pla d’Adet
  • Luz Ardiden
  • Col du Soudet
  • Superbagnères
  • Plateau de Beille
  • Col du Grand Saint-Bernard
  • Col de l’Iseran
  • Col du Mont-Cenis
  • Port de Pailhères
  • Col de la Bonette
  • Hautacam
  • La Plagne
  • Port de Balès
  • Col Agnel
  • Andorra Arcalis
  • Annecy-Semnoz
  • Port de Larrau
  • Pra Loup
  • Chamrousse
  • Col du Grand Colombier
  • Col du Granon
  • Isola 2000
  • La Ruchère-en-Chartreuse
  • Col de la Lombarde
  • Val Thorens

This information came from wikipeadia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hors_cat%C3%A9gorie

The photo of Col tourmalet by wikipedia user Myrabella  is used under an Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license and maybe used following the guidance as shown on the Creative Commons license which can be viewed here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

The photo of Col tourmalet by GIRAUD Patrick is used under Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license and maybe used following the guidance as shown on the Creative Commons license which can be viewed here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en