Text from a friend.. ."So, ridden the Semnoz and the Forclas, Annecy. You ridden here? Where next then?"

Swear at the phone, get map out, trace roads with finger, each bend a memory back to glorious days being battered by sun and climbs in equal measure, txt back the nastiest cols I can remember in the area...

"These are nice...."

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.