Les Balcons des Airelles
Travel Blogs from Les Orres
... 8211; Hiking Part 1
une balise – way-marker
- chercher la balise – to look for the way-marker: Je cherche la balise
un belvédère – viewpoint
- aller au belvédère – go to the viewpoint: Je vais au belvédère
une carte – map
- regarder la carte – ...
... We used the deck-chairs we hadn’t noticed before that were stacked up against the changing shed. They were exceedingly low down and uncomfortable.
Briancon sits at the foot of some of the Alp’s most famous mountain passes as the gateway to the Southern Alps and the southern tip of the Northern Alps. It also has the historic status of being the highest town in Europe (1326m) ...
... to spare, then head off for the first climb, a Cat 1, Col de Cayolle which is 25km long and gets up to 8% in places. It's a bit like doing three climbs out off Cotter (before the road was fixed) then a Stromlo at the end. Except the view is stunning and there is a beautiful river running right down the valley beside the road we climb.
Same as yesterday, I find some riders going at my pace and tempo up, reaching the aid ...
... we arrive home. I spoke to a Canadian yesterday who had competed in this years BC (British Columbia) MTB race and it sounds as if I have to practice riding lots of large tree roots. My mate Alan Vogt who I build trails with for the Mont and Kowalski Classic got us two entries into the race next year, so that will be my training goal for 2014. It was an on/off/on decision and its on around early July next year. So now I have to start riding ...
... I have had all race.
Lucy and Ben are excited about coming to the start line and wave the FIDI flag as John and I go down the chute. James gets some great photos and video.
My British friend, Tony Hatley, who I helped along a very tough section in the marathon stage, is starting about 15 riders in front of me. I should see him on the climb. Also my South African buddies - Team Spartan -are ...