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... has there moment of not feeling good. It was my turn to suffer a little on the bike. I probably went a little too deep the day before when I attacked up the hill and didn't recover well that afternoon. I should have know better but it was fun attacking on the last climb. Now it was hot and there was no support van to get water and no choice but to continue on. Ray and Rich hung with me and we finally reached the tents.
Thompson had another great area set up. ...
... up the side of the mountain. It is only about 2 miles long but it is very narrow with 18 switchbacks. Unfortunately the French police had different plans. Because this road is so narrow I assume they did not want a lot of fans on the side of this section so they had the road closed. Our trip leader, Peter, had scouted this route the day before and told us this was a possibility. He did have a back-up plan so we took the alternate route. This last climb was only about 3 miles. ...
... usually a good thing. Typically if I feel too fresh when starting then I suffer later. The pace this morning was a bit fast to start the day. Our ride leader had the day off yesterday and I think was feeling well rested. We were riding 18-19 mph up 3-4% incline. I was hoping we would slow down soon as we had a huge day of climbing ahead of us.
We reached the town of Maurienne. The Tour will be passing through this town on Thursday so there were TDF ...
... The day was only ½ done so back on the
bike we climbed. During this ride the weather was clear, sunny and very hot for
the Alps. Avg temperatures were in the low 90s. Thankfully the humidity was
low. It was much better than riding in Austin in July and August. I tried to
stay focused on drinking and eating a lot throughout the day.
Our next climb, the Col des Aravia was short, only a few
miles, with an average incline of 3%. Our joke was that 3% ...
... Les Bains....devour the lot on the drive down.
Anyway, I got to the start line on time - dead straight forward, I found my group easily Unfortunately Chris and I were in different start groups I was in group 3 and Chris was in group 12 with a 1hr start difference. A beautiful warm morning, no sign of any clouds or rain....that's better than last year.
They let my group go at 7:30am, off we go, 3kms down the ...