Hotel Club Vacanciel Courchevel
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... and then began a long climb up the Col De Mollard. At the top of this climb the pro riders earn points for the "King of the Mountain" points competition. The KOM is a competition within the 3-week TDF race. The rider who earns the most points wears the white and red polka dot jersey. Points are earned for being the one at the top of the most climbs. A rider may earn the most points yet not win the overall race.
For those of you not very familiar with Pro cycling and ...
... riding around here for the last few days I use “only” and “3-mile climb” in the same sentence.
I was feeling pretty good so I really pushed the pace. Our ride leader and a guy from Colombia were ahead but pretty soon everyone else was behind me. I had been riding very reserved the last few days so I took off up the mountain. I felt very good as I continued up to the top. There was a little side street that I was supposed to turn on but no one ...
... probably stood a good 10-12 feet and was made completely of hay. I am curious if this survives the winter or if this was just for the season.
From the top of the Telegraph we had a 3-4km decent and entered the great town of Valloire. This is a very nice little ski town with many hotels, restaurants and shop. We had no time to stop however as we still had a lot of climbing to do. Once leaving the town I saw our first kilometer marker of the day marking the ...
... new “flat”
since we had been climbing so much, 3% seemed like a piece of cake. At the top
of the Aravia we had an amazing view of Mount Blanc, which is the highest
mountain in the Alps topping out at 15,771 feet. Our ride leader said it was
rare to see the peak as it is usually covered in mountains.
From here we did a super long decent back into the valley.
At the bottom we took a vote, continue as planned and climb another ...
At the foot of Glandon the event was halted for 15mins whilst they choppered away somebody injured for a crash. Chris told me later that he was stopped on Glandon as well for 45mins for another chopper evacuation.
Glandon was uncomfortable for me but at least the scenery was magnificent, rolling green hills, craggy rocks, waterfalls, little forrests plus the odd village or two....made it interesting.