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... the side of the mountain as well as some cows wearing their own KOM jerseys.
After the rest it was time for an 8 mile decent back to the town of St Jean de Maurienne. This was a very technical decent with very twisty roads and times of uneven pavement. The pros often go 50-60 MPH down these descents. They are crazy!
When we reached the town it was time to go back up the mountain to our viewing area. We had about an eight-mile climb left. The support vans were ...
... 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. ...
... realized all the Thompson vans and riders had left. We high-tailed it down the hill. There was a small climb to make from the bottom of the Galibier to the top of Telegraphe. Rich was worried that the vans would leave the town where we were all to reconvene. He dropped us on the climb. I figured we would catch him on the long decent down the Telegraph but Ray and I were stuck behind a camper and a car for quite some time. The camper finally pulled over and let the car ...
... day with 7,200 feet of climbing. Overall
I feel pretty good on the rides. In Austin Rich, Ray and I had been riding at a
much harder intensity and climbing much steeper hills. We don’t have the length
by any means but so far it seems to have paid off. I think tomorrow will be a
test as we are climbing the mighty Col de Galibier.
I wish I could post pictures but the Wi-Fi is extremely
slow. I will save all my pics and add them in at a later time.
Up early this morning, truth is I woke at 3am and couldn't get back to sleep. I need to be down at St Jean du Maurienne for the start of the Etape by 6:45am and I have a 30min drive to get there from my base at Valmeinier.
Here's the breakfast plan, make a cup of coffee tip it into a drink bottle, grab some eats for breakfast (madeleines, banana, drinking yogurt plus 2 stale "pain au chocolates" I pinched from the hotel ...