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... Thompson group joined us. These folks were here on a viewing trip and were not riders. They were characters however and dressed up in all sorts of crazy outfits. They had a lot of energy. The rest of us however were all pretty spent after cycling for 5 straight days.
After I ate and drank a bunch of water I found a tree and took a little nap. I don't know how long I slept but it was much needed rest. Pretty soon more and more Tour traffic was driving by. Each team ...
... riding around here for the last few days I use “only” and “3-mile climb” in the same sentence.
I was feeling pretty good so I really pushed the pace. Our ride leader and a guy from Colombia were ahead but pretty soon everyone else was behind me. I had been riding very reserved the last few days so I took off up the mountain. I felt very good as I continued up to the top. There was a little side street that I was supposed to turn on but no one ...
... In the center of town we turned right, which began our 36 km (22 mile) climb to the top of the mighty Col de Galibier.
The first portion of the climb involves ascending the Col-de-Telegraphe. This climb is 7.3 miles at an avg incline of 7.3%. This was a beautiful climb. Tall pine trees offered a nice amount of shade surrounded us. Today was also much cooler than yesterday. On the way up Rich and I pulled over to help another cyclist that was changing a ...
... new “flat”
since we had been climbing so much, 3% seemed like a piece of cake. At the top
of the Aravia we had an amazing view of Mount Blanc, which is the highest
mountain in the Alps topping out at 15,771 feet. Our ride leader said it was
rare to see the peak as it is usually covered in mountains.
From here we did a super long decent back into the valley.
At the bottom we took a vote, continue as planned and climb another ...
... the top of Glandon you turn left and then a steady 3km rise to Col de la Croix de Fer, then a long descent.
Next climb, Col du Mollard , was really tough because I started getting stomach cramps ..in hindsight I reckon that was the result of drinking too much coke at the drink stops (they had a choice between warm Perrier Sparkling, cold Coke or warm Evian. No brainer.
From that point on the rest of the day ...