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Today lived up to the guide's hype. We started with a shuttle from Menthon to St Etienne de Cuines where we started our ride from the parking lot of a InterMarche. We were cautioned to pace ourselves given the length of the route and the amount of climbing, so after a short spin up the valley, we tried to take it easy up the climb of Lacets du Montvernier but the road had other ideas. There really wasn't ...
... cars with VIPs and sponsors riding in the cars. After the team cars drove by the Tour parade came through. The parade is all of the TDF sponsors. This is the fastest parade you will ever see. The cars come racing by and throw all sorts of swag out the window. Pretty crazy!
I was watching the race on TV and it was neat seeing the riders go through part of the route we had just been on. A pro rider named Vincenzo Nibili had a 3 min lead in front of the main group of ...
... 7 peaks. You could see how tired the riders were as they rounded the corner.
After the race was complete we changed back into our cycling outfits and began the winding decent down Lacets de Montvernier. It was fairly crowded but the flow of traffic was continual. I am glad we were able to at least go down this road to catch some great scenery.
We re-grouped after the ride, packed up the vans and headed back to the hotel. We were going to try to go down to ...
... 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 ...
... or head for home. By now it was almost 2 pm. We left the hotel at
8:30 am so everyone was ready to head in. As we continued our decent we had an
unwelcome surprise. The road we were supposed to take was closed due to
construction. The only way home, take a detour that involved a 2.5 mile climb
at 8-10%. So much for finishing early. By now it was so hot the road tar was
beginning to melt a bit. The melting roads made the ascent seem that much
harder and ...