Hotel L'Eterlou / Le Tremplin
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... to go easy given the gradient. Lacets du montvernier was climbed for the first time in the history of the Tour de France this year, and because it is so steep and narrow, no spectators were allowed on that part of the course. It has been described as looking like a piece of spaghetti stuck to a wall. After a short descent, we rode through St Michel de Maurienne to start the 12km climb to the Col ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... to the sky. Wow! This is going to be hard.
Ray and I headed out on the last stretch of the climb. Rich had pulled ahead a while ago so Ray and I stuck together and grinded up the mountain. The first portion of this climb averages 10% incline but there are sections within that hit 12-15%. It continues to zigzag to the sky. The pictures do not do the climb justice. It was amazing to experience in real life.
Ray and I would take frequent breaks. ...
... 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 ...