today was all about a recce for the Tour on thursday
i got the Demon out and took my bigger camelback as i was expecting rain in the afternoon, it never came which made the bag unnecessary which was then really frustrating lugging it about! i headed out of Les Deux Alpes down a great descent, the rode i had climbed in the van to get here, sort of scary in places as i was so high up with only a 2 foot wall to stop me going over the cliff edge. it's about 14km to Bourg d'Osains which is at the base of the climb to d'Huez, it was really quick and loads of fun and i decided to stop for a Latte in the town centre and got chatting to a couple about the tour
then came the climb, initially i was only gonna climb some of Alpe but i got into it as there were loads of riders on the mountain and it's like mountain mayhem when you all share the same pain, the atmosphere was great, loads of campers already on the mountain and encouraging the riders, i was going ok, nicely spinning up the mountain on the inside ring (31T as it's a duo) in 1st/2nd/3rd this kept pace with the majority of the roadies around me which i think wound up a few of them
i stopped several times to catch my breath and also to get photos as i wanted to blast the descent in one hit.my target was to ride atleast 2 hairpins each time otherwise you'll be stopping too much, this gave me a sensible target to aim for and if i was going ok i'd do an extra one.
about half way up i stopped to get some water from a drinking tap, another chap stopped, he was covered in blood, he'd crashed going down into the back of a car, teeth, nose, chin
but he had to ride back to the top as that was where he was staying, brave guy.
i carried on after chatting with him, he seemed ok, as usual with us cyclists he was more concerned with his bike.
as i got nearer the top the crowds got deeper as did the amount of riders. i rolled into the main village where i was happy to see food, drinks at which point i stuffed my face with everything i could see and buy!
then it was time for the descent, i put on my gilet to help with the wind against my chest aswel as my Go Pro to film to descent, in all honesty i took way too many risks, especially bearing in mind the guy i had chatted to previously but i wanted to get a really good blast in. the video is uploading so hopefully i can link it here later.
one of the best rides i have done . . . ever
anyway here are some pics from the day
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