Hotel Le Mottaret
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... wonderful villages up near the top that mainly service the ski traffic in winter and summer hikers. Two km from the summit of Col du Mollard is one such village, Albiez-Montrond. It can been seen in the pic from the summit view and where I filled my bidons.
I descended the other side of the climb and started with and Italian rider who I left behind a few k's down. He caught up at the bottom in the town of St Jean and said in broken ...
... was still cold and the cloud was very low. I was itching for a ride so decided to tackle some local Cols near us.
They were some great climbs, Villerzembrun climb with its hairpins and early steep ramps out of St Michel and Col de Beau Plan with forest mist through the clouds on quiet roads and only a fool like me out riding them. The early ramps out of St Michel on Villerzembrun were tough but it soon eased off ...
Today the plan was to ride three or four cols, well that was the plan, the weather had other ideas.
I set off at 5.30am with just a light drizzle and if you have seen today's stage of the TDF you would know it became progressively worse.
I made it to Thones climbing the Col De Bluffy however by then I was soaked through. My rain booties and gloves had given up and became water capsules, I couldn't warm up and still had to climb over 1400 metres.
The Alps beat me ...
... brakes hard enough for the 12km decent to the town we were staying at. Also, I still had a couple of more climbs planned and the last thing I needed was to come down with a cold or worse and ruin the rest of our holiday. Just on the other side of the summit, where the other side of the tunnel was, we stopped at a restaurant and gift shop so Connie could grab a coffee and me a beer, as well as buy a few Galibier memorabilia. The trio of cyclists were ...
... place we'd stopped at didn't make crepes so Connie wasn't able to get her fix.
At the hotel we sat in the patio in back for a couple of hours chatting with some of the other cyclists that were starting to filter in from their rides. There was a group of seven riders from Belgium that had done the Grande Fondo de Marmotte, which is a one day 175km ride through 3 Cols and culminating with Aple D'Huez. Hmmm...I may have to come back for ...
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