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We left Annecy and headed to La Clusaz, a ski village between Annecy and Chamonix. Quite a big little village. We wandered around, wished we could buy many outdoor things! bought a baguette for lunch and continued up the road to the big car park where the hikes start. Absolutely stunning 360degree views! We'll definitely stay here tonight :) We hit the ...
... going to climb 6,000 vertical feet. The majority of this route was going to follow the same route the pro riders were going to be doing in the afternoon.
We had about a 30 min van ride into the town of St Jean de Maurienne. From here we unloaded our vans and began our ride. Since the Tour was coming through the town we had to ride on some sidewalks and dodge pedestrians due to so many road closures. After a super short 1/2-mile warm-up it was time to climb. Today we ...
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 ...
... a little tricky.
We finally made it back to the hotel finishing the ride at
102km (63 miles). Our immediate focus, cool off! We threw on our swim suites
and walked down to the river. Here we took an Alps ice bath by sitting waist
deep in the water for a good 5 minutes. It was very cold but hopefully it will
help with recovery tomorrow.
After a big dinner it was back to the room to relax a bit
and get to bed. Tomorrow is ...
Up early this morning, truth is I woke at 3am and couldn't get back to sleep. I need to be down at St Jean du Maurienne for the start of the Etape by 6:45am and I have a 30min drive to get there from my base at Valmeinier.
Here's the breakfast plan, make a cup of coffee tip it into a drink bottle, grab some eats for breakfast (madeleines, banana, drinking yogurt plus 2 stale "pain au chocolates" I pinched from the hotel ...