Hotel de Charme les Airelles
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... is like leaving a hug concert with all sorts of people trying to leave at the same time. The bikes however get priority and the cops often hold traffic to let the cyclist pass.
We got back to the hotel around 8. We did a quick Alps ice bath then headed to dinner then bead. These days are starting to blur together. This is trip has been wonderful but also exhausting. Tomorrow will be our last day of riding as we ascend the famous Alpe du Huez. It will be a long but crazy ...
... from the hot sun.
At first I was feeling a little stiff in the legs. I made sure to pace myself up the hills. Ray, Rich and I have mostly been riding the "Performance" rides but there were a few of the riders that were riding “Extreme” the first 3 days that dropped into our group. They are strong riders therefore the pace was a little higher.
Our ride was to finish up a steep climb call Les Lacets de Montvernier. It is this crazy road that ...
... anticlimactic from all the stuff I had heard about the Galibier. We reached a resting point where there was a small restaurant and a field with hundreds of sheep and a shepherd. Raymond said that his new career goal is to become a shepherd in France. By now I was a little tired but not too bad overall. As we refueled at the van I glanced to my right and just realized why this climb is so famous. Up a steep ramp of a road you could see cyclist dotted along the ...
... day with 7,200 feet of climbing. Overall
I feel pretty good on the rides. In Austin Rich, Ray and I had been riding at a
much harder intensity and climbing much steeper hills. We don’t have the length
by any means but so far it seems to have paid off. I think tomorrow will be a
test as we are climbing the mighty Col de Galibier.
I wish I could post pictures but the Wi-Fi is extremely
slow. I will save all my pics and add them in at a later time.
... persistence and survival.
Ultimately I made it, absolutely shagged, but I was still standing unlike a stack of others who were on the roadside collapsed.
I met up with Chris at the finish, he didn;'t make the time cut on Glandon and was ferried back to the finish by bus....not happy.
So that's the Etape for another year....not so sure about doing this again. This experience was enough.