Hotel Des Neiges
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... most of the Col de Croix Fer not to be confused with Day Two's Croix Fre. This road had a lot of traffic and cyclists so you had to be on your toes. Fortunately the drivers are friendly to cyclists.
Pretty soon our route turned off to the left and now the road was much less busy. The Croix Fer winded around the mountainside and offered some amazing views. This was a pretty tough hill because the pitch kept changing rather than staying steady.
We did a ...
... was there so I continued to climb. Eventually another ride leader was coming down this route and told me I had gone too far so I turned around and headed back down. Not far behind was Raymond. He had been chasing me down. The Cannuck has found his niche, climbing!
When we got to Thompson stage viewing area. They had multiple large tents set up, a buffet of food, and 2 large TVs with satellite so we could watch the race. The area atop the mountain was beautiful. You ...
... of the road. As I looked up the mountain to the peak it seemed to be more like 3 miles. So on we chugged. At this point there are cyclist everywhere battling up the climb and intermixed with cars and even some small campers! This was truly a test. Finally we reach the summit. From here you had a 360-degree view of the Alps and the valleys below. There is a large sign at the top that lets you know the altitude, 2645 meters or 8,677 feet. Surprisingly I didn’t feel ...
... The day was only ½ done so back on the
bike we climbed. During this ride the weather was clear, sunny and very hot for
the Alps. Avg temperatures were in the low 90s. Thankfully the humidity was
low. It was much better than riding in Austin in July and August. I tried to
stay focused on drinking and eating a lot throughout the day.
Our next climb, the Col des Aravia was short, only a few
miles, with an average incline of 3%. Our joke was that 3% ...
... and then straight into the first climb Col du Chaussy. Within the first km I had a bloody flat....I reckon I scored the first puncture on this year's Etape.
Up and over the first climb and I knew I was going to have a tough day. There were still 3 big climbs left and already the sun was blazing and the temp rising. After 60kms we then hit the foot of Col du Glandon, the biggest and toughest climb of the day +20kms at ...