France Location Residence Les Adrets
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... hour ahead of the estimated time for the slowest rider. Timing stops at this point for the descent, and I seem to be ahead of my usual riding buddies, so I take my time to eat and much as I can, plus a couple of energy gels for good measure then head off to tackle the hairy descent. It's not too bad - like Cotter Rd when the road works were being done. Just there is 21km and a fair few switchbacks to handle. At least the blokes aren't ...
... all the names of famous riders on the climbs was great and I tried to picture the stages in my mind from vision on SBS."Karen" my GPS tried taking me elsewhere yesterday but we jumped onto the official route to get to Pra Loup. Luckily we were on to washing straight away and even a cheese burger and frites! There was a jumping castle and trampolines for the kids - previous day there was pedal go carts, in fact everywhere we go there are things to ...
... on the iPod with the lyrics......."gravity, there's no escaping gravity". Damn straight there isn't. And gravity is my friend up hills. We pass two more girls, Marguerite and Anette. Only Lizzy to go, and 7km to find her. And there she is all of a sudden.
At the 4km mark the road flattens out to a out 2-3%, which looks and feels like downhill. And we come around a bend to see the final stretch, ...
... to ride the final 7km climb to Pra Loup together. With the gorgeous views and great company the time passed quickly. Ingerborg (32) from Sweden and Carol (55) from Canada and I told each other our stories and before long were we're joined by another French girl, Marguerite. Needless to say, as we four girls crossed the finish line together the crowd and the commentary team went nuts and we were mobbed by cameras. Should be ...
Of course with late nights, there are late risers. We didn't get going to close to mid-day. After a fresh croissants and pain du chocolat from the local bakery for breakfast, we realise there is a different pace to life in France.
Walked up the Gorge du Saint Perre, amazing landscape and the children had a great time playing in the river (a very cold mountain stream).
Learned about the French custom of aperitif before dining
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