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Col du Galibier, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Col du Galibier (el. 2647 m.) is a high mountain pass in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps near Grenoble. It is often the highest point of the Tour de France.

It connects Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and Briançon via the col du Télégraphe and the Col du Lautaret. The pass is closed during the winter.

It is located between the massif d'Arvan-Villards and the massif des Cerces, taking its name from the secondary chain of mountains known as the Galibier.

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Les Deux Alpes, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Les Deux Alpes (also Les 2 Alpes or Les 2 Alpes 3600) is a ski resort in the French Isère département. The town sits at 1650m (5,413 ft.) and lifts run to 3600m (11,811 ft.). It has the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is France's second oldest ski resort behind Chamonix. It is a 71 km (44 mile) drive southeast of Grenoble.

The "two Alps" in the name do not refer to the two mountains that the resort encompasses but rather the two villages of Venosc and Mont De Lans that sit at either end of the north-south plateau on which the resort was built. Access to the resort is by road from the north - no road connects the resort to Venosc down the steep slope to the south.

The glacier enables year-round skiing. A funicular railway tunnelled under the ice transports skiers and, in summer, tourists to 3450 m (11,319 fr.), from where panoramic views can be seen of the surroundings, including Mont Blanc, some 100 km (62 miles) distant, L'Alpe d'Huez and the Plateau de Vercors above Grenoble.

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Alpe d’Huez, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Alpe d'Huez is a mountain in the Central French Alps, located on the territory of the commune of Huez, in the Isère département. Alpe d'Huez is also a famous ski resort 1850 metres (6,069 ft) high.

Alpe d'Huez is the most famous mountain climb in the Tour de France. While the tour route varies from year to year, l'Alpe d'Huez has hosted a stage finish almost every year since 1976. The Tour de France first finished a stage on l'Alpe d'Huez in 1952. That stage was won by the Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi.

The climb up Alpe d'Huez is 13.8 km at an average gradient of 8.1% with 21 hairpin bends marked with panels honouring the winners of each stage that has finished there. Having finished there for the 22nd time in 2001 the authorities have had to start again at the bottom with a double panel honouring Fausto Coppi and Lance Armstrong.

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Col de la Madeleine, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Col de la Madeleine (el. 1993 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France.

It connects La Chambre in Maurienne with Aigueblanche and Feissons-sur-Isère in Tarentaise. The southern approach from La Chambre is 19.3 km with an average grade of 8 percent. The northern approach from Aigueblance is 28.3 km with an average grade of 5 percent. The pass is closed from November to the beginning of June.

The pass has been on the route of the Tour de France 22 times, the first time in 1969, and most recently in 2005.

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Col du Glandon i Col de la Croix de Fer, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Col du Glandon (el. 1924 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Dauphiné Alps in Savoie, France, linking Bourg d'Oisans to La Chambre. It is situated between the Belledonne, Grandes Rousses and Arvan-Villards mountain ranges, west of the Col de la Croix de Fer. The road over the Col du Glandon was opened in 1898, although it was not linked to the Col de la Croix de Fer until 1912.

The pass is only open from June to October.

Col de la Croix de Fer (English: Pass of the Iron Cross) (el. 2067 m.) is a high mountain pass in the French Alps linking Le Bourg-d'Oisans and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

The approach from the northeast from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne is 29.5 km, and the one from the southwest from Rochetaillée 31.5 km. When coming from Rochetaillée, the road forks 2.5 km before the summit, leading to the Col du Glandon.

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Cycling gauge, Pruszków, Poland

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Cycling gauge (under construction) in Pruszków, Poland

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The National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown, Blanchardstown, Ireland

April 6th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The National Aquatic Centre (NAC) is located in Abbotstown, Blanchardstown, Ireland. The NAC is the home of Irish swimming, with modern facilities such as its 50m competition pool (one of only three in Ireland), diving pool with movable floor, and leisure centre — it is Europe's largest indoor water leisure facility. The center was completed and opened in March 2003 and hosted the Special Olympics in August 2003 and the European SC Championships in December 2003.

In January 2005, the centre sustained roof damage during a period of stormy weather and it had to be closed for five months in order to receive repairs. This closure after only 18 months since opening destroyed the operators, Dublin Waterworld's, business. Campus & Stadium Ireland Development commissioned an engineer to assess the roof damage and they stated that the roof was not designed and constructed in accordance with the building regulations. During the closure period CSID commenced legal proceedings to remove the operators. The centre re-opened to the public on 20 May, 2005.

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Soccer field, France

April 2nd, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Soccer field in extra zoom in France

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