RESIDENCE LE VALSET
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Back on the bikes! 60km from Allemont up to a little town called Villard Reymond. The village way tiny. On the way we had to ride through 3 pitch black tunnels the longest which was 370m. There was one little old French lady with a cafe overlooking the mountains, so we stopped for some apricot tart and raspberry mousse. She was the loveliest lady! Back ...
We left our beloved botchy field, filled up with petrol and drove around the corner to Allemont. We hunted again for gas, or some way to make it work, but no luck. Again. Not very happy! Not only with the gas, but also troubles with the fridge and 12V powerpoints. Baguette for lunch, set up the van with electricity and went for a walk. Cold and rainy this afternoon, but still able to wander through the town of Allemont. A nice quiet rest day ...
... area. So this year I made a bee line for the back door once again.
Some ******* had bolted the door this time!!
So I had to stand amongst the peasants in the cold windy conditions and take my photos the hard way. Good job I had my GoPro on a metre long "selfie stick". That way I could get over the punters to get a few stills and a bit of video.
The race was a bit of a fizzer really......the tutonic knight from Rostock ...
Today is the big day, the TdF stage finishes in Alpe d'Huez. The whole town has been building up to this moment for a week. Every day more people arrive, more cars, more camper vans, more drinking, more eating and more noise.Given our Chalet Coppi is right on the corner of the main street and the TdF passes by most people in our ride group decided to have a rest day from the bikes and just enjoy the atmosphere of ...
... After lunch we did some more shopping then enjoyed a coffee outside. Today was the first day that it was actually chilly, at least at 6,102 feet altitude. I was glad that I had my jacket along.
We began to hear the T.V helicopters swarming around so we knew the race was approaching. I found my vantage point at the 200 meter mark which involves a sharp left hand turn. This point can be dramatic as some past winners have almost crashed here. Another bonus was a ...