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... to follow since the road was being closed for the Tour. We all filled up our water bottles and headed up to the summit finish at La Toussuire, a beautiful ski resort. By now it was getting very hot. They have been having record heat here in the Alps with most days reaching low to mid 90s. Everyone in our group kept a steady pace and we rested occasionally. Within our group there are riders of all abilities. On day one I think many were out to prove their cycling skill. By ...
As the hot afternoon continued you could start to here the TV helicopters flying around overhead. At one point I counted 5 helicopters. They fly at different heights and have high tech cameras that can zoom in on the riders. The riders began to make their way up the mountainside. We took our positions along a sharp left hand curve. It was very exciting seeing the riders fly by. I got some great shots of the various riders. This day the pros had ridden 180km (111 ...
... by the altitude, only tired from a long day of climbing.
After eating some lunch it was time to head back down the way we came, fortunately the majority of this was down hill. We stopped at the little restaurant to use the facilities. The French do not like you using their bathrooms so Ray, Rich and I ordered cokes and a nutella crepe. After ordering we then realized the bathroom was out of order!
We stayed at the restaurant a little too long ...
... 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.
... persistence and survival.
Ultimately I made it, absolutely shagged, but I was still standing unlike a stack of others who were on the roadside collapsed.
I met up with Chris at the finish, he didn;'t make the time cut on Glandon and was ferried back to the finish by bus....not happy.
So that's the Etape for another year....not so sure about doing this again. This experience was enough.