Belambra Clubs - Les Olympiades
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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 ...
... No interruptions today which meant I was able to complete the sketch and headed back to my room to get the watercolours out.
Afternoon now, 1pm to be exact which means the TdF is on the TV. Time to crack another red, scoff some cheese and some magnificent jambon.
I have enjoyed a few good reds on this trip so far. I suppose they should be good too as they cost enough.
The score ...
... if you head south on hwy 360 and are going to exit Bee Caves Rd. This first section of Alpe Du Heuz however is much longer and with all the other riders and stage it made for quite and interesting start.
After this first section the incline is a steady 8-9%. At each turn there is a sign counting down how many turns you have left. These signs will also list the name of a pro cyclist that has one a past TDF Alpe du Huez stage. I tried to stop at a few of ...