Glorious weather - mostly - meaning loads of riding. We were lucky enough to head to the Alps with Global Cycling Network to help run their events, and in between found time to head to the Italian lakes, meaning a summer of col-bagging, including the Joux-Plane, the incredible Grossglockner and the hardest of the lot, the little-known Monte Baldo, quite possibly the toughest climb we'd never heard of (and never want to speak of again).

All this and quite possibly the most exciting Tour for years (though we don't like to think about it too much, as Pinot's demise still brings a tear to the eye). It's fair to say we are more in love with cycling than ever - and we hope that you are too.

We asked you to share your photos of your summer rides with us on our Insta, Twitter and Facebook pages, using the hash #HMCsummer. Here's the best of them, all of whom receive a Handmade Cyclist print of their choice. Enjoy!

First up, we've got this cracking photo from @neilxca on Twitter. Featuring both MTB and road, on the descent from Avoriaz to Morzine, it got us wondering who made it to the bottom first.

Next, also from Twitter, is this rather classic shot of @brendonfraser89 topping out the mighty Izoard. Bonus points for doing it fully loaded.

Finally, and definitely the highest photo of the summer - actually scratch that, the highest cycling photo just about ever - here's Simone Buddemeijer in Tibet, at a mind-boggling 5236 metres. Presumably the oxygen tank is just out of shot - what an unbelievable achievement.

Wherever you rode this summer, you can be sure that we have a print, mug or t-shirt for you. Our Routes prints are a great place to start: featuring a selection of the classic roads, races and climbs of cycling, there something there for you whether you are celebrating conquering a climb or just adding a target to the bucket list.

Here's to next summer.


September 17, 2019 — Neil Wyatt