“Allez! Allez!” Can’t tell you how many times we heard that today, since we got to ride the last 50k of today’s Tour de France route that ended in La Rousses. Most of the group climbed Col de la Croix de la Serra and the Col de l’Amoura, . It was hot, hot, hot; in fact the bike computers were showing 99 degrees F, but everybody rode strong. When we got into La Rousses, our Discover France VIP group got to ride across the finish line AND stand on the winners’ podium. They got a behind-the-scenes tour and got to watch Sylvain Chavanel take another stage win just a few yards from the finish line.
It was a pretty cool day, made even cooler by the television interviews we did for SBS Television in Australia. The news team was doing a story on fans at the Tour. They shot video of us taking pictures of each other on the podium, and interviewed two of our 4 Aussies. And another of our guests did an interview for National Public Radio. Discover France making news on two continents. Ha!
Getting out of the stage finish area was no easy feat though… Negotiating barricaded roads and tens out thousands of people made our exit.. challenging.. but we did get to experience a HUGE French storm complete with hurricane winds and hail. Tomorrow: Another VIP day at the Morzine finish, and we’ll probably tackle a Category One climb.
Hoping to get some rest tonight for another big Tour de France Day.
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