Skiing in France + Can Facebook encourage cycling?

Picture of skiing in Tignes, FranceAfter cycling what is the next best form of exercise? For me its definitely skiing! I had the most incredible time in Tignes in France. The weather was clear, the snow amazing and in 5 days of skiing I must have covered over 150 miles. The highlights for me: the 24 hour coach journey we took to get there; getting stuck off piste in very deep snow (You could say I was definitely out of my depth *bites lip*) and tobogganing down a red run at, what felt like, very high speeds.

If your thinking of going skiing I can definitely recommend Tignes and Val Thorens the resort next to it. The regular cycling definitely paid off as you need a lot of stamina.

Anyway, onto Facebook….

As an avid user of Facebook I hate the annoying application requests you get where a friend buys you a virtual beer or wants to fight a zombie with you. I sometimes dream of what it would be like if we lived in a world where these applications were actually useful. If they added something to our lives rather than take precious time away. What if for example there was an application that allowed you to track your cycle route and then compare it to other cyclists in your city to see how you rank. This is not just wishful thinking. Copenhagen, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, is trialling using Facebook to encourage people to cycle. The proposed system will provide cyclists with smart tags that will register with wireless hotspots to log the route taken. Then, using Facebook, they can see which other riders passed by their route and compare their distance travelled with others.

What a fantastic idea! If your thinking why can’t this happen in my city then you may have to settle for the next best thing. Tools such as Nokia Sports Tracker or Distance Meter Pro on your iPhone can help you track your cycling workouts. Both are worth a try. Do you do this already? Then leave a comment describing how you keep track of your workouts.

Thanks to JSLeFanu for recommending the iPhone App

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3 Responses to Skiing in France + Can Facebook encourage cycling?

  1. Will 14/04/2009 at 5:02 pm #

    Four years ago I was skiing at Tignes / Val d’Iseres. While sitting on a chairlift I eyed a great looking road (under several metres of snow) and commented that I would love to cycle it.

    I didn’t realize at the time but I was staring at the top and south side of Col de l’Iseran (highest paved pass in France).

    I had to wait 6 months for the road to open and I have been addicted to cycling the Alps ever since.

    Sorry for long comment, best!

    PS – Val Thorens is a huge cycling climb and Facebook? It’s OK but I spend too much time rejecting friend requests from people I knew 20 years ago – and we weren’t friends then so … ;)

    happy pedaling

  2. Andreas 14/04/2009 at 6:30 pm #

    I have no doubt been skiing down the piste you are talking about! Brings back very fond memories. Its a great ski resort! It must be an absolutely fantastic place to cycle everything from the views to the clean mountain air says it would be.

    Thanks for your comments :)

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