Travel Blogs from Brides-les-Bains
Finally some sunshine, well at least a peek through the clouds every now and then. Ready to ride at 5.30am and the night clerk forgot to leave the key out for the shed. Another late start then I'm off to climb Col du Mollard.
Fantastic climb this one fairly long and through forest on the lower slopes and wildflowers above the cloud line. I was a little lost for a while just a little, stupid Garmin! But soon was back on track.
... reasonable gradient as it left St Michel behind.
The descents were frightening and bloody cold, especially from the top of Col de Beau Plan with visibility at about five metres above 1000m. It was a bit of a shock when a deer darted out in front of me. I had my full winter gear on and it was barely enough.
We are off for dinner soon in St Michel then tomorrow two TDF climbs are on the agenda.
... a great place to base so when we come back again that would be my choice. Our hotel has Col markers for sale of the famous climbs, I was quickly told by the manager that I have to earn them before purchasing. Oooh! very protective of their little markers.
On the plus side the weather will improve over the next two days and feel more like summer again by Sunday. Too wet to do much except wash the bike and polish off a bottle of red tonight.
Tomorrow is the Col Du ...
... is the French love for pizza. Every block had a pizzeria, many of which were closed this being Sunday. Having had our fill of pizza last night, we found only one other restaurant open that had other selections. The place was full and the single waiter told us there would be a half hour wait, we didn't have much of a choice there so we waited at the bar. Within 20 minutes we were seated amongst the other guests that were staying at the hotel. It ...
... today (5 July) commencing from Valloire, we are due to leave also so a little worried about holding the racers up in our van on the mountain roads!!
We (Tom) had chosen it for its bike park and spent 2 days what was on offer, although the rides were relatively short (10 miles each), they climbed around 4500ft and obviously descended around the same :)
It chilled off in the mountains and we had to get our jumpers out!!!