Tour says “team time trial”, we say – time for this team to try all the local cafes and generally chill out.
Miles cycled: 23, Average speed (mph): 12.4, Max speed (mph): 24.3, Time pedalling: 1hr 48:
We pottered round the time trial course but effectively it’s been a rest day with recovery cycle, a couple of coffees and a picnic lunch, which has been great, even so early on. We’ve also given our bikes (& marmotte) a good clean following yesterday’s sand & salt of passage du gois so they’re ready for anything now!
The atmosphere in les Essarts & around the time trial course today was amazing. We had a chance to stop & take pictures of the many signs & displays no self-respecting village or roundabout on the route would be without (the cyclist on the posters is French favourite Thomas Voeckler who comes from this region- essential info if you’re talking to any local):
The real highlight was seeing the pro teams out recce-ing the course, quite a few in their aerodynamic helmets. Their easy pace was still pretty fast though! It was really exciting for everyone around to see them – everyone (ok, us as well) was like a load of teenagers hanging around to get a glimpse of One Direction, although with a bit less screaming!