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... I was crazy mad with the speed of the descent.
Not much else happening today, had a nice pasta lunch and may double up for dinner. Cleaned the bike it was filthy with all the rain we have had and watched a little TDF.
We are off at sparrows to drive to Le Bourg D'Oisans to spend the day in the region. I will climb the legendary l' Alpe with its 21 hairpins and the meet Mich at the Saturday markets in Le Bourg.
Woke up with high hopes of an early ride today looked out the window and could not believe how far down the mountain the cloud had rolled. Climbing big Cols was out of the question.
We took an early morning trip St Jean de Maurienne to stock up on supplies and have a coffee and croissant. The weather started getting worse so it was time for bread, cheese, salami and wine.
By the afternoon the rain stopped ...
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 ...
... kicked up again towards the end. Connie stayed just ahead of me all the way to the top taking lots of pics. To be honest, I didn't find this climb as difficult as either Madeleine or Galibier, mostly because their distance made them more relentless. At the top was a rather large ski village and there were a number of places that were selling cycling gear. Most of the rest of the village like hotels and restaurants were closed up. ...
... the tree line there was nothing to stop the wind which mostly came from behind. While it was helping my climb, it didn't help the cold creeping up my back, so I put the rain jacket back on. The last 6 kilometers was truly hell. The rain was really building up, at times becoming snow and hail, and there were gusts of wind so hard I was actually thrown over. Once again, fast reflexes and last minute unclipping saved me from going down completely. Connie ...
Other places to stay in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
Quartier Les Bruyeres, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville | 4 star hotelfrom $85
Quartier les Balcons des Bruyeres, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville | 3 star hotelfrom $66
Les Grangeraies, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville | 3 star hotelfrom $288
ZAC des Places, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville | 4 star hotelfrom $107
Rue Notre-Dame, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville | Hotelfrom $137
Hameau de Saint Marcel, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville | 5 star hotelfrom $269