Hotel La Chaudanne
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Wake up early, quickly eat breakfast, get dressed in cycling gear, head to the vans, this is how are mornings begin. We definitely are getting a feel what a pro cyclist goes through during the Tour. Each day you awake and hope your legs will move. I was especially stiff this morning after yesterday and last night's downhill slide. I wasn't feeling great but better than dinnertime when I was really fatigued.
Today's ride was only going to be 35 miles but ...
Today we awoke early again to get ready for our ride. This was going to be the first day for us to watch the Tour de France live. As usual we were a bit stiff and sore but there is no time to ease into the morning. We had to eat our breakfast quickly and get dressed and ready to go. Rich and I joke that we feel like we are at cycling camp. We have to get up early, eat quickly, ride all day, get home late, eat dinner, go to bed then repeat. It has been great ...
... you could look off to your right and see were we started in the valley below. The views were simply amazing. Rich, Ray and I found that if we keep a nice easy pace of 5-6mph and take occasional breaks that we stay strong for the whole day. Hopefully this will keep up as we have 3 more day of riding after today.
When we reached the top of the Telegraphe we stopped and took a number of pictures. There was this interesting "statue" of a cyclist atop his ...
... day with 7,200 feet of climbing. Overall
I feel pretty good on the rides. In Austin Rich, Ray and I had been riding at a
much harder intensity and climbing much steeper hills. We don’t have the length
by any means but so far it seems to have paid off. I think tomorrow will be a
test as we are climbing the mighty Col de Galibier.
I wish I could post pictures but the Wi-Fi is extremely
slow. I will save all my pics and add them in at a later time.
... 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 ...