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... 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 ...
... sensor in the hallway to make the lights go on. Not believing it, we tested it a few times to be sure...but it was true. Apparently there was a height restriction. :-)
None of the clothes that we washed yesterday evening had dried in this damp weather, so I'd be riding in wet gear. To be honest, once I got ready and we made our way outside, I was really deliberating whether I wanted to do this ride, but damned if I was ...
... now and again through the fast moving clouds, but it was pretty socked in.
Connie decided to grab a coffee at the restaurant at the pass, but I started on my way as it cleared enough for me to begin the short decent into Valloire. The break in the weather didn't last long and as I rolled into the ski village the rain was coming down in torrents. I was soaked to the bone and freezing. I found a bar/restaurant and pulled in to get out of ...
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