We travelled down to Luxeuil-les-Bains for Les Trois Ballons, in the Vosges mountains of France, last week. So did 4000 other riders, many from Belgium and the Netherlands. It was a great event. But the 220km, 4000m sufferfest left me wanting something a bit flatter, shorter and slower this weekend. So after a short MTB ride with Karlos yesterday, I went to the Somme valley today. Starting a loop in Bapaume, I rode through Thiepval, Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, Albert, Corbie, Viller-Bretonneux and Peronne/Mont St Quentin. Here are a few photos (James can help with the names – all WWI battlefields).