Hotel des Sources
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We left Annecy and headed to La Clusaz, a ski village between Annecy and Chamonix. Quite a big little village. We wandered around, wished we could buy many outdoor things! bought a baguette for lunch and continued up the road to the big car park where the hikes start. Absolutely stunning 360degree views! We'll definitely stay here tonight :) We hit the ...
... 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 ...
Today we awoke early again to get ready for our ride. This was going to be the first day for us to watch the Tour de France live. As usual we were a bit stiff and sore but there is no time to ease into the morning. We had to eat our breakfast quickly and get dressed and ready to go. Rich and I joke that we feel like we are at cycling camp. We have to get up early, eat quickly, ride all day, get home late, eat dinner, go to bed then repeat. It has been great ...
... 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% ...
... the top of Glandon you turn left and then a steady 3km rise to Col de la Croix de Fer, then a long descent.
Next climb, Col du Mollard , was really tough because I started getting stomach cramps ..in hindsight I reckon that was the result of drinking too much coke at the drink stops (they had a choice between warm Perrier Sparkling, cold Coke or warm Evian. No brainer.
From that point on the rest of the day ...