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Today we had a 20.1km climb at 5.5%. It was overcast but thankfully the rain held off until we were arriving at the campsite. Our SPOT tracker has died today, so unfortunately shows us still in Guilestre! We plan to carb load now as have a huge day tomorrow up the Cime de la Bonette (2802m), a 23.1km climb at 6.5%. Yikes. Also saw our first sign to the finish line in Nice ...
Today we went up and over the Col d'Izoard (2361m). The guidebook implies it is an easy day as it it's just 9.4km at 4.2% followed by 10.1km at 7.5%. But it was anything but. On day 8 our legs are tired so it felt bloomin hard work, but it was worth it as it is a stunning route. We have done it before from the ...
... amazing as we passed above the tree line. The scree slopes near the top were quite spectacular. Around 2km from the top, Cime de La Bonette came into view. It was a dome shaped mountain top with dark grey scree slopes. It was looking quite foreboding as a dark, barren silhouette against the cloudy sky. The last km was quite steep, and we could feel the reduced oxygen at that altitude. But we were committed. We bought the shirts. We had to make it to the ...
... We stopped in to the sports store for some extra brake pads (mine are getting quite thin again!). But when I went to change them I could see a bit more pad left, just enough to get by another day or two. We set off in the hopes of beating any rain, the sky was already starting to fill with clouds. We were climbing within 200m of where we left, and quite steeply too, and that was just to get out of Guillestre, ...
... I suppose 20 or 30 wouldn't weigh all that much, but I'm sure they must have slowed us down a bit. Each of us had our very own swarm buzzing around our head for km after km. Perhaps this is an indication about how we smell... ? We reached the top in about 3 hours. I found this one of the easier cols - or maybe we're just getting more hardcore... ? After a champions lunch of muffins, Pringles, coke and coffee, it was time for the descent! This descent was quite unique, thanks to ...