Hotel La Meije
Travel Blogs from Les Deux-Alpes
... bread, cheese and sausage and had a picnic on top of the Col du Lautaret.
We then drove across the Alps again this time via Galibier and the Telegraphe where Mich pulled the pin on driving after seeing tyre tracks that lead over the edge of the narrow road.
More on Galibier tomorrow as I ride it in the opposite direction on the classic Telegraphe/Galibier 35km climb.
I have been guaranteed the bad weather is over, please be true.
... wonderful villages up near the top that mainly service the ski traffic in winter and summer hikers. Two km from the summit of Col du Mollard is one such village, Albiez-Montrond. It can been seen in the pic from the summit view and where I filled my bidons.
I descended the other side of the climb and started with and Italian rider who I left behind a few k's down. He caught up at the bottom in the town of St Jean and said in broken ...
... 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.
Today the plan was to ride three or four cols, well that was the plan, the weather had other ideas.
I set off at 5.30am with just a light drizzle and if you have seen today's stage of the TDF you would know it became progressively worse.
I made it to Thones climbing the Col De Bluffy however by then I was soaked through. My rain booties and gloves had given up and became water capsules, I couldn't warm up and still had to climb over 1400 metres.
The Alps beat me ...
... up a few pieces of clothing and made note of the prices for leg warmers and hats, which I thought would be necessary for the remainder of my cycling here. There was a town at the base of the climb with some shops as well so we planned on doing some price comparisons. We had a quick coffee at one of the few places that were open and then we made our way down. The road was dry all the way so I had a chance to give it a go and ...