Residence L'Oree des Pistes
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... is riding harder than other days. The overall winner has to be consistent which means racing hard everyday.
As we were climbing up the last portion of the Col De Mollard there were quite a few fans on the side of the road. Everyone is super friendly and cheer you on. They also do a double take as they see my huge bike frame and a big German climbing the mountain:)
We took a little break at the top of the Mollard. I got some great pictures of a huge KOM banner ...
... from the hot sun.
At first I was feeling a little stiff in the legs. I made sure to pace myself up the hills. Ray, Rich and I have mostly been riding the "Performance" rides but there were a few of the riders that were riding “Extreme” the first 3 days that dropped into our group. They are strong riders therefore the pace was a little higher.
Our ride was to finish up a steep climb call Les Lacets de Montvernier. It is this crazy road that ...
... by the altitude, only tired from a long day of climbing.
After eating some lunch it was time to head back down the way we came, fortunately the majority of this was down hill. We stopped at the little restaurant to use the facilities. The French do not like you using their bathrooms so Ray, Rich and I ordered cokes and a nutella crepe. After ordering we then realized the bathroom was out of order!
We stayed at the restaurant a little too long ...
... 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 ...
... persistence and survival.
Ultimately I made it, absolutely shagged, but I was still standing unlike a stack of others who were on the roadside collapsed.
I met up with Chris at the finish, he didn;'t make the time cut on Glandon and was ferried back to the finish by bus....not happy.
So that's the Etape for another year....not so sure about doing this again. This experience was enough.