What is the best way to plan a trip?
My philosophy is that there are no rules, only happy coincidences.
The initial spark for my last project came from the pages of a French newspaper that mentioned the existence of Notre-Dames des Cyclistes (Our Lady of Cyclists), a chapel in Aquitaine, France dedicated by the Church to the sport. This seemingly unlikely association of church and cycling called to me. After some research, I learned that this chapel and its museum of cycling were inspired by the Madonna del Ghisallo, an Italian chapel perched at the top of a well-known pass to racers in the Giro di Lombardia. Planning a ride from one of these historic monuments to the other just seemed a natural fit. Just to give myself an idea, I quickly mapped out a bird's-eye view of the route using Route Builder, and the discovery of a third chapel in Spain transformed this pilgrimage into an ambitious project.