Hotel Mont Vallon
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... they saved the best for last - 12+% over the last kilometer. Galibier is around 2900m/9500ft in elevation, so the combination of the altitude, the cold, the wind, and the accumulation of the day's climbs took its toll. But MP powered up and over the top like a trooper. AWESOME!!! The descent into La Grave off Galibier was a real test - very cold (and we were exhausted), no guardrails, cliffs, ...
... the peloton. As he began the last climb you could see and hear the TV helicopters buzzing around. We found a good spot on the side of the rode and I captured a great video of him flying by us probably doing around 15-17 Mph uphill. Nibili ended up winning the day but the overall top three riders kept their positions.
As the race finished we got changed back into our cycling gear to head down the road. We would have to meet the vans at the bottom of the hill. Leaving ...
... getting tiring.
Today's ride was relatively short at around 38 miles with 4,064 vertical feet of climbing. We had a nice steady warm-up to begin the day. We had a group of about 12 riders and we pace-lined through flat roads for about 7-8 miles. After the warm up we began our first hill climb. Today’s climbs were relatively tame compared to the Galibier monster. Most of the climbs were about 3-5 miles long. The roads were surrounded by larger trees, which gave us a ...
... to beat the crowd and get breakfast. I feel like I am at camp: sleeping in a hot room, tired and sore from the day’s activities and hurrying to beat the crowd and eat. All that being said this is a great camp!
After breakfast we all loaded into the vans. Today’s ride was going to start about 30 minutes away in the town of Saint-Etienne-de-Cuines. From here we rode about 8 miles into the town of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. My legs felt a little stiff ...
... a little tricky.
We finally made it back to the hotel finishing the ride at
102km (63 miles). Our immediate focus, cool off! We threw on our swim suites
and walked down to the river. Here we took an Alps ice bath by sitting waist
deep in the water for a good 5 minutes. It was very cold but hopefully it will
help with recovery tomorrow.
After a big dinner it was back to the room to relax a bit
and get to bed. Tomorrow is ...