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... is riding harder than other days. The overall winner has to be consistent which means racing hard everyday.
As we were climbing up the last portion of the Col De Mollard there were quite a few fans on the side of the road. Everyone is super friendly and cheer you on. They also do a double take as they see my huge bike frame and a big German climbing the mountain:)
We took a little break at the top of the Mollard. I got some great pictures of a huge KOM banner ...
... 7 peaks. You could see how tired the riders were as they rounded the corner.
After the race was complete we changed back into our cycling outfits and began the winding decent down Lacets de Montvernier. It was fairly crowded but the flow of traffic was continual. I am glad we were able to at least go down this road to catch some great scenery.
We re-grouped after the ride, packed up the vans and headed back to the hotel. We were going to try to go down to ...
... pass. This was a beautiful decent with gradual sweeping turns. We were descending at around 30-35mph but staying in control.
We reached the town at the bottom of the hill. Of course Ray and I couldn’t remember the rally point so we rode around the little town for a while. Finally we called the people at Thompson. They were worried because Rich was back but we weren’t. Ray and I had completely forgotten that we had rode 6-8 miles to get to this town. ...
... 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 ...
... 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.