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Day 17: Au Revoir France, Ciao Italie!!

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On the Road – Distance: 82km I 51miles I Elevation: 1134m I 3720ft We headed out of our little hamlet towards Col Agnel – it is a long gradual climb but the descent was worth every minute of pain. This is probably the longest descent in Europe! It is again beautiful mountain scenery –quiet villages, […]

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Day 15: La Grave….Rest Day

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Sep 6 As we all ‘lick our wounds’ so to speak after 4 really tough ride days, I would be remiss if I did not put one last shot of fabled Alpe d’Huez…. The village of La Grave has settled its stone and slate houses on a sunny slope in the heart of the Massif […]

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Day 14: No Turning Back Now!

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On the Road –  Alpe d’Huez: Distance – 128km I 80miles I 3689m I 12,103ft This was by far the toughest ride day of the trip so far….we climbed almost 5 Cols: Col de Cornillon, Col d’Ornon,  Alpe d’Huez and 1/2 of Col de Lautaret!… over 12,000ft of climbing. Last night though was fun staying […]

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Day 13: Transition to the Alps

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On the Road – Distance: 111km I 69miles I Elevation: 2179km I 7149ft Heading north up through the foothills of the Alps we rode into the Drȏme region. The mountains loomed all around us as we aimed for Chichilianne, a tiny French town nestled in a valley between the Vercors and Écrins National Parks. The […]

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Day 12: Slayed the Giant Again!

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On the Road –  Ventoux – Distance: 123km I 76 miles I Elevation: 2366m I 7762ft Today we headed north towards the Alps. After a coffee in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where we grabbed some bottles for a later tasting…. our route skirted the ‘Giant of Provence’, otherwise known as Mont Ventoux. Whilst we don’t imagine that Hannibal […]

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Day 8: Another 38C day in Paradise

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On the Road – Distance: 139km I 86miles I Elevation: 1628m I 5341ft This was the longest day of the tour as we left Herault and entered into Languedoc’s most eastern region, Gard. With fewer undulations and such varied terrain the day was a delight, but HOT, 38C or 100.2 F!! We passed by the […]

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Day 7: Into the high Languedoc

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On the Road – Distance: 97 km I 60 miles I Elevation 1645m I 5397ft We meandered our way out of Carcassonne and for the first part of the ride spun our way across the flatlands to the north of the city before heading up into the rugged hills of the Parc Naturel du Haut […]

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Day 6 Sort of a Rest….

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Loop Ride – Pic de Nore and Lastours – Distance: 76km / 47mi / Elevation: 998m / 3274ft The region around Carcassonne has been ridden regularly in the Tour de France for good reason. This most recent Stage 15 of the TdF rode up the Pic de Nore into the upper Aude rolling past Gouffre […]