James and Nicole arrived just a day prior to the stage which came closest to our place. Lucky for them, we don’t believe in jet-lag…
The stage we went to see was a pretty crazy stage. (if you don’t care about le tour..feel free toskip all this and look at all the pretty pictures below)
Alpe d’Huez is often a very critical mountain stage, but this year the tour organizers decided that a climb of just over 1km of vertical is so nice, you do it twice.
4574m of elevation gain.
And that’s following a day with 4,304 m of elevation gain over 175km
if you really want details you can have a look at the full biometric output of David Lopez of Team SKY, you can do that here
Up first..le caravanne publicitaire.
All the floats / car / strange vehicles for all the organisations which support the tour. Pretty much takes 10 times longer than the actual bike race to go by. Plus lots of loot. And just as many speeding vehicles mere centimeters from your children. good times.
We took a break to go through the treasures, have a break and some snacks while we waited for the racers to arrive.
Since we were only a few km’s from the start, the riders were still pretty much all bunched up in the peleton, so the entire field went past in a matter of mere seconds.
Then into the charming-but-cycling-crazy mountain town of Bourg d’Oisans for lunch