Les Chalets du Thabor Valfrejus
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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 ...
... up the side of the mountain. It is only about 2 miles long but it is very narrow with 18 switchbacks. Unfortunately the French police had different plans. Because this road is so narrow I assume they did not want a lot of fans on the side of this section so they had the road closed. Our trip leader, Peter, had scouted this route the day before and told us this was a possibility. He did have a back-up plan so we took the alternate route. This last climb was only about 3 miles. ...
... the climb up Galibier, 17 km (10.5 miles). On the major climbs there is a marker that lets you know how much is remaining and what % incline the next kilometer is. Sometimes you love these and sometimes you hate them when you realize how much further you have.
The first portion of the Galibier is relatively “easy” with 5-7% inclines. The road stretches out far ahead of you and slowly snakes around the mountain. At first I was thinking this was ...
... 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 ...