Monthly Archives: July 2011

Vive Le Tour

Sunday 24 July Paris Today was all about watching the real Tour arrive in Paris, so we had a leisurely morning of breakfast and an art exhibition, then walked miles around crowd barriers to get our place in the Grand … Continue reading

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Ooh la la c’est fait! (stage 21)

Saturday 23 July  – Creteil to Paris Champs Elysées Tour says “flat”, we say – yes, just a cruise into central Paris Miles cycled: 54, Average speed (mph): 11.5, Max speed (mph): 28.1, Time pedalling: 4hr 38 mins We found … Continue reading

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Interlude: watching the other Tour

Friday 22 July – Bourg d’Oisans Having made a plan du grand cunning a week or so ago, we picked up a car in Grenoble (after compulsive enormous breakfast in spite of not cycling today) and headed to Bourg at … Continue reading

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Grenoble time trial (stage 20)

Thursday 21 July – Grenoble time trial Tour says “individual time trial”, we say – just a marathon on a bike – let’s hope it seems this short when we’re back running?! Miles cycled: 29, Average speed (mph): 13.1, Max … Continue reading

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Snow Go – Part Deux- From despair to triumph (Stage 19)

Wednesday 20 July – Modane to L’Alpe d’Huez Tour says “high mountains”, we say Yes Miles cycled: 71, Average speed (mph): 11.8, Max speed (mph): 38.6, Time pedalling: 5hr 58mins Today’s stage was not going to be hard to complete … Continue reading

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Snow go (stage 18)

Tuesday 19 July – Pinerolo to Col du Galibier Tour says “high mountains”, we say so high they’re covered in snow Miles cycled: 69, Average speed (mph): 12.2, Max speed (mph): 27.6 Time pedalling: 5hr 25 We knew today was … Continue reading

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Cross country cycle (stage 17)

Monday 18 July – Gap to Pinerolo Tour says “high mountains”, we say – yes, magnificent mountains Miles cycled: 112, Average speed (mph): 14.5, Max speed (mph): 38.3, Time pedalling: 7 hrs 40 An inspiring start to the day cycling … Continue reading

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Prevailing through the rain (stage 16)

Sunday 17 July – Saint Paul les 3 Chateaux to Gap Tour says “medium mountains”, we say – heading to the hills Miles cycled: 102, Average speed (mph): 15.6, Max speed (mph): 31.7, Time pedalling: 6 hr 28 It’s never … Continue reading

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Hooray for rest day

Really enjoyed our second official rest day. We got the jobs out of the way in the morning, splitting into a mechanics & a laundry group – very satisfying to have bikes & kit spotless (& ready for tomorrow’s predicted … Continue reading

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Long hot Languedoc (Stage 15)

Friday 15 July – Limoux to Montpellier Tour says “flat”, we say yes, phew! Miles cycled: 117, Average speed (mph): 16.4, Max speed (mph): 38.7, Time pedalling: 7hrs After the battering that our legs have taken in the last few … Continue reading

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