Travel Blogs from Courchevel
... I was crazy mad with the speed of the descent.
Not much else happening today, had a nice pasta lunch and may double up for dinner. Cleaned the bike it was filthy with all the rain we have had and watched a little TDF.
We are off at sparrows to drive to Le Bourg D'Oisans to spend the day in the region. I will climb the legendary l' Alpe with its 21 hairpins and the meet Mich at the Saturday markets in Le Bourg.
... 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 ...
... a restaurant at the 1km marker, which was also where the entrance to the tunnel stood. This tunnel goes under the summit and cuts out a 1km 10% grade, but by now there was no way I was going to give in and I did the last kilometer to the very top. As I climbed this bit there was thunder banging away overhead. Connie had raced on ahead and at the top we took some pictures and I called it a day. My hands were freezing and I was afraid of not being able to ...
... The downtime allowed me to get caught up with some of this blogging while Connie caught up with some of her emails, then we got ready for supper.
The owner of the hotel informed us that the restaurant where we made reservations the evening before had called to say that because of staff issues they would not be open, so we walked around to find an alternative. Luckily, everything was within walking distance of the hotel. One thing ...