Today, we arrived in the Pyrenees, and a lot of the action has already begun, even before the Tour de France gets here. Tomorrow (or later today, depending on what time zone you’re in), l’etape du Tour begins in Pau. It’s about 181k of riding along the Tour route, backwards, finishing up the Tourmalet. Just under 10,000 riders have registered.. There are 45 going from Discover France. It looks to be an awesome ride, although this afternoon (Friday), heavy fog was covering the top few kilometers AND it’s finally cooler. Or, I should say, it’s cold up here. Today, some of the Discover France Etape riders picked up their bib numbers and transponders for the ride. Everyone’s very excited for the challenge, although I think I detected a butterfly or two in the stomach. Maybe not. 🙂
Then, in La Mongie, just a few kilometers from the top of the Tourmalet, our self-guided Pyrenees group assembled and assembled their bikes. They have an amazing array of rides to do over the next few days. What to do first? At least from where we are situated, it’s all downhill. But what goes down…..