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... most of the Col de Croix Fer not to be confused with Day Two's Croix Fre. This road had a lot of traffic and cyclists so you had to be on your toes. Fortunately the drivers are friendly to cyclists.
Pretty soon our route turned off to the left and now the road was much less busy. The Croix Fer winded around the mountainside and offered some amazing views. This was a pretty tough hill because the pitch kept changing rather than staying steady.
We did a ...
As the hot afternoon continued you could start to here the TV helicopters flying around overhead. At one point I counted 5 helicopters. They fly at different heights and have high tech cameras that can zoom in on the riders. The riders began to make their way up the mountainside. We took our positions along a sharp left hand curve. It was very exciting seeing the riders fly by. I got some great shots of the various riders. This day the pros had ridden 180km (111 ...
... of the road. As I looked up the mountain to the peak it seemed to be more like 3 miles. So on we chugged. At this point there are cyclist everywhere battling up the climb and intermixed with cars and even some small campers! This was truly a test. Finally we reach the summit. From here you had a 360-degree view of the Alps and the valleys below. There is a large sign at the top that lets you know the altitude, 2645 meters or 8,677 feet. Surprisingly I didn’t feel ...
... The day was only ½ done so back on the
bike we climbed. During this ride the weather was clear, sunny and very hot for
the Alps. Avg temperatures were in the low 90s. Thankfully the humidity was
low. It was much better than riding in Austin in July and August. I tried to
stay focused on drinking and eating a lot throughout the day.
Our next climb, the Col des Aravia was short, only a few
miles, with an average incline of 3%. Our joke was that 3% ...
... and then straight into the first climb Col du Chaussy. Within the first km I had a bloody flat....I reckon I scored the first puncture on this year's Etape.
Up and over the first climb and I knew I was going to have a tough day. There were still 3 big climbs left and already the sun was blazing and the temp rising. After 60kms we then hit the foot of Col du Glandon, the biggest and toughest climb of the day +20kms at ...
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