Stage 16

About 120 miles and 5500ft of climbing – almost felt like recovery ride. Group riding at its best, tight and really pushing on averaging almost 28k per hour which given the very slow parts through Nimes and around the Pont du Gard is pretty good. Scenery fabulous and the bridge did not disappoint.

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Rest Day and Reflections.

Yesterday was a long day, we left the hotel at 0615 and finally arrived on the outskirts of Carcauson at a little after midnight! Some of our party were a good deal later than that. Today is a rest day and I feel the need, we travel this morning to Nimes, me in the motor […]

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Day 15 Limoux to Fois

Today we have an early start, up at 5 breakfast then bus at 0615, the alarm woke me for the first time in some time. It is going to be a long day, 185 km and 4500m of climbing. Whenever you see the word Mur in a climb name you know it is going to […]

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Stage 14 Tarbes to Tourmalet

The first proper mountain stage, short at about 76 miles but 11500 ft of climbing including the iconic Tourmalet. I have done this climb a number of times from both sides and it has always rained. Today we were lucky, the sun shone the views were glorious and the climb excellent. We were joined today […]

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Day 13 Pau Time Trial

This for us is a let up day , after a spin round the course, quite hilly, definitely a sporting course as opposed to a pure Trialists course, spent the rest of the day by the pool in the shade. Tomorrow is short in mileage but long on climbing and will be very hot again. […]

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