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... kept on going and were glad when we arrived back. It was a beautiful ride and I was glad we had all been able to ride together for a bit.
After dinner a guy named Daan wandered over to our campsite and started chatting. He was cycling from Amsterdam to Monaco! He had just graduated and asked the company he was hired at if he could start 3 months from later so that he could do a cycling trip. He is a naval architect and was going to ...
... towards Briançon. We were soon at a long stretch of flat road. There was a lot of traffic alongside us and a bit of a headwind so I was introduced to a technique used by road cyclicsts – staying in a pack and drafting. When you draft, you have to keep your front tire only a few inches away from the rear tire of the cycle in front of you, while the lead cyclist sets the pace. The idea is that the lead cyclicst is exerting the most effort by cycling into the wind ...
... that looked part Aussie explorer, part American cowboy. Have no idea what the connection is to here. We are now in our stop for tonight, a smallish town called Barcelonnette. It has an unusual connection to Mexico somehow (sculpture didn't look Mexican -no sombrero) so a lot of the cafes and restaurants serve Mexican food. I think some of the town folk fled religious persecution many, many years ago and ended up in a Mexico. This town is surprising, it must ...
Voir la descente du Galibier :
et celle du Télégraphe :
Filmées par Franck avec sa caméra embarquée à l'avant. Sympa. :)
Barcelonnette is nestled in the bottom of a valley and all routes out are up. There are several mountain passes in every direction but the forecast was not great and the only clear prediction was South East. Just as well that was the way I was going.
La Bonette is 2802m high and the highest point in this area. John Hermann (hereafter known as JH) recommends a circuitous route of about 200km which takes in 3 high passes. I set off about 10am and ...