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Day 1 – Saturday – leg loosener into Bourg and back
17.3 miles, 1hr 9m, 1,140ft ascent, 14.9mph av speed, 565kcals, 112bpm av HR
Day 2 – Sunday – Col d’Ornon both sides
4 course lunch in a little village for 18 euros – brilliant!
44.8 miles, 2hr 55m, 4,795ft ascent, 15.3mph av speed, 1,197kcals, 104bpm av HR
Day 3 – Monday – La Brerarde
44 miles, 3hr 01m, 4,056ft ascent, 14.5mph av speed, 1,612kcals, 117bpm av HR
Day 4 – Tuesday – Col du Lauteret
Weather dropped 15 degrees in a matter of hours. Descent off the mountain in freezing rain/sleet was the coldest and most scared I’ve ever been on a bike!
50.7 miles, 3hr 36m, 4,919ft ascent, 14.1mph av speed, 1,934kcals, 118bpm av HR
Day 5 – Wednesday – off the bike so climbed a mountain (obviously!)
When you climb a mountain you wear the appropriate gear…
Day 6 – Thursday – Alpe d’Huez and Col de Saronne
Attempt to ride Alpe d’Huez to the Tour de France finish in under an hour – just failed – 60m 55s!
49 miles, 3hr 52m, 7,206ft ascent, 12.7mph av speed, 2,624kcals, 133bpm av HR
Check out my very abrupt stop/evasive manoeuvre at 56:16!
Day 7 – Friday – Col du Lauteret and Galibier
Lovely day – 3rd time lucky up Galibier and well worth it – what a climb and what a view!
68.5 miles, 4hr 48m, 7,816ft ascent, 14.2mph av speed, 3,072kcals, 129bpm av HR
Check out the cheeky ginger marmotte at the roadside at 7:40. Also at 15:40 I got a rather big shock given where I was!