Stage 7 Troyes to Nuit Saint George Stormy Day 222km

Stage 7 Troyes to Nuit Saint George Stormy Day 222km

768 1024 Gerard O'Connor

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 !

  • Chris June 30, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Well done Gerard hope the legs are still ok keep it up mate

  • Gareth June 30, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Sounds intense! You’re doing amazing! Bet you’re legs are killing now! Haha should be plain sailing after the 222km ride!

  • Angela Randle July 1, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Nice pics … out in front I see.
    Your doing amazing, keep it up only only Sunday to go before a well earned break x

  • Trevor July 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Well done mate – keep your focus – looks tough as hell but I know you’ll smash it.

  • Brian/Sandra July 2, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    That stage sounded painful young un….no fun at all in those conditions ….but another tough stage under your belt ….it’s all downhill from here….if only .?? .!!! Remember the Pros set off on Saturday….they’ll be chasing you down….By the way what’s with the Orange jersey….are you King of the Mountains !!!!!?? Good luck Sunday…young un .

  • Lewis July 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Impressive as ever mate, keep smashing it!

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