Le Puy en Velay to Romans sur isere 168km

Le Puy en Velay to Romans sur isere 168km

750 523 Gerard O'Connor

Today was all about getting through the day and conserving as much energy as possible for the demanding next 2 stages in the Alps. Stages that stand between me completing the Tour de France. Following stages are difficult (one in length) but by reputation alone the Alps will prove a huge challeng.The rest day was gratefully received and a bit to early start, 8am we rolled out of the lovely  Le Puy en Velay in glorious sunshine., within 20 minutes  the weather changed again and we were caught in another torrential downpour, a permanent feature of this years tour.

A couple of catergorised climbs in the first half of the ride didn’t cause too many issues as we nipped along at a fair pace.

The reward for the morning part of the ride was a very long descent on wide open roads and great tarmac and we are into the miles through the Ardeche area of France.

The final 50km ran alongside the Rhone and in the distance the group could see what was ahead in the distance, the Alps… the do look huge …totally different, obviously, to my skiing experiences when the snow capped mountains are replaced by lush greenery, I may not feel the same about their beauty over the few days.

Group riding got us to the finish all in tact and fairly generally fresh, amazing to think that riding over 100 miles in day is now part of the recovery process….

16 stages complete … dare not look to far ahead, but a sense of achievement to be this far …. the next days will no doubt shape the outcome.

  • Brian / Sandra July 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Certainly is already an incredible achievement young un…stay positive and psych yourself up…ready for the next two big stages …after which it will be almost mission accomplished ….I have no doubt you will make it ..! Some stunning scenery again today….well done …and good luck for tomorrow young un !!

  • Tony Hodgson July 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    You certainly sound upbeat, especially if you can value the scenery, Gerard! My abiding memory of the Alps is cow bells. I know you can get up these climbs, because I did and you have been going much better than me. In fact, I doubt I could hold on to you endurance-wise even with last year’s form.

    Enjoy the descents!

  • Angela Randle July 12, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Nearly there . Keep going so proud xx

  • Chris July 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Looks fantastic Gerard keep it up and push on mate

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