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... and then began a long climb up the Col De Mollard. At the top of this climb the pro riders earn points for the "King of the Mountain" points competition. The KOM is a competition within the 3-week TDF race. The rider who earns the most points wears the white and red polka dot jersey. Points are earned for being the one at the top of the most climbs. A rider may earn the most points yet not win the overall race.
For those of you not very familiar with Pro cycling and ...
... 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. ...
... pass. This was a beautiful decent with gradual sweeping turns. We were descending at around 30-35mph but staying in control.
We reached the town at the bottom of the hill. Of course Ray and I couldn’t remember the rally point so we rode around the little town for a while. Finally we called the people at Thompson. They were worried because Rich was back but we weren’t. Ray and I had completely forgotten that we had rode 6-8 miles to get to this town. ...
... 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 ...