Stage 7 Troyes to Nuit Saint George Stormy Day 222km
Beast of a day … strong headwinds and driving rain for most of the 222km. That has got to be the hardest and gruelling days riding I’ve done.
we started as a 10 man group but by the end of the day we had whittled down to 5 weary riders taking only a 2 minute turn on the front to keep exposure to the wind to a minimum.
Some great views as we continued through Champagne country with sweeping valleys and gorges, views would of been far more spectacular on a clearer day.
This has certainly given all the riders an insight into how the pro riders have to deal with TDF, I suppose the difference being that those guys get back to their hotels some 4 hours earlier than us.
so a typical day is breakfast at 7am start riding at around 8am, with feed stops (generally 4 in all) and over 200km in riding we arrive at our new hotel around 6ish , shower, massage then dinner, sort wet gear out and what you’re riding in the following day then sleep … some days there is a bus transfer to the start of the ride… so no real time to chill after the ride … not yet anyways !