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 days, it was a welcome relief to have a flat stage, although we literally felt every minor rise like it was a categorised climb.
Once fully out of the Pyrenees, the feature of the day was miles and miles of immaculate Languedoc vineyards, viewed at high speed from our 6 rider, 2×3 squadron format peloton. We went through some
lovely villages and had a good early view of Carcasonne. At one point we also got a superb view of the coast, a great moment as we realised that we had cycled from Atlantic to Channel to Mediterranean.
Photo: Carcassonne over the vines
The final few miles into Montpellier were tricky with fast traffic but there was a good cycle path parallel to our road and so we sped to the Montpellier stadium. Job done, and now a much needed rest.
Photo: Montpellier finish line