Grand Hotel Au Rond Point Des Pistes
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... It is a 21-day race around the country of France. Stages are usually 80-150 miles and cover various terrain. Typically they cover 2000-2500 miles total. The winner of the Tour is the guy who consistently finishes each day/stage towards the front. Each day there is a stage winner, which is a huge accomplishment for a rider since the Tour is basically the top 190 cyclist in the world. Not every rider goes for the overall win some just try for a stage win. This means some days ...
... was there so I continued to climb. Eventually another ride leader was coming down this route and told me I had gone too far so I turned around and headed back down. Not far behind was Raymond. He had been chasing me down. The Cannuck has found his niche, climbing!
When we got to Thompson stage viewing area. They had multiple large tents set up, a buffet of food, and 2 large TVs with satellite so we could watch the race. The area atop the mountain was beautiful. You ...
... the climb up Galibier, 17 km (10.5 miles). On the major climbs there is a marker that lets you know how much is remaining and what % incline the next kilometer is. Sometimes you love these and sometimes you hate them when you realize how much further you have.
The first portion of the Galibier is relatively “easy” with 5-7% inclines. The road stretches out far ahead of you and slowly snakes around the mountain. At first I was thinking this was ...
... or head for home. By now it was almost 2 pm. We left the hotel at
8:30 am so everyone was ready to head in. As we continued our decent we had an
unwelcome surprise. The road we were supposed to take was closed due to
construction. The only way home, take a detour that involved a 2.5 mile climb
at 8-10%. So much for finishing early. By now it was so hot the road tar was
beginning to melt a bit. The melting roads made the ascent seem that much
harder and ...
... the top of Glandon you turn left and then a steady 3km rise to Col de la Croix de Fer, then a long descent.
Next climb, Col du Mollard , was really tough because I started getting stomach cramps ..in hindsight I reckon that was the result of drinking too much coke at the drink stops (they had a choice between warm Perrier Sparkling, cold Coke or warm Evian. No brainer.
From that point on the rest of the day ...