Chalet Lou Souleiado
Travel Blogs from Les Orres
... at the map: Je regarde la carte
une chaussure – shoe
une chaussure de marche – hiking shoe
- Je mets mes chaussures – I put on my shoes
un chemin – path
- suivre le chemin – follow the path: Je suis le chemin
un col – mountain pass
... of shoes. Oops.
The day- time temperature is still near 30 degrees but it is cooler in the evenings. The sun leaves our pitch about 7pm so we are eating earlier. I am usually up by 6/ 6.30am and it is around 10 degrees, although it climbs quickly to around 20 degrees by 10 am. Autumn arrives early and rapidly here already the trees are showing yellow leaves, which seem to multiply ...
... to enjoy the view or even slightly appreciate the very light cross tail wind. But after 3 cols at the back end of a 147km day, it's hard to embrace the positives. I think I'll call this section the "valley of death" (no Australian shipbuilding industry parallels intended).
On the final 5km grind, I come across the Aqua Blue guys again and ask where their team car is (I was keen to hold the side mirror for a km or so). They ...
Well things have gotten progressively easier to deal with being support crew as we have learnt to look after ourselves well and use those around us to help out in times of need. We have been travelling at times together with a German group who have a few campervans and 8 very strong riders - several in top 100, One Roland, is fifth at the moment.Stacie has just finished her time trial up Cime de la Bonette, which is the highest paved road in Europe ...
... can help with the mental game on the road.
So down the chute after the media crew get some shots of the FIDI family and team flag, and the road tilts up immediately. It's a short distance out of the village onto the climb proper, then a solid 5-6% for the first 5km. Perfect for warming into the ride, finding a rhythm and getting the HR into the right zone.
I'm feeling really good, the views ...