Chalet Hotel Tarentaise
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... 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 ...
... new “flat”
since we had been climbing so much, 3% seemed like a piece of cake. At the top
of the Aravia we had an amazing view of Mount Blanc, which is the highest
mountain in the Alps topping out at 15,771 feet. Our ride leader said it was
rare to see the peak as it is usually covered in mountains.
From here we did a super long decent back into the valley.
At the bottom we took a vote, continue as planned and climb another ...
... 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 ...