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 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

It was hot and pretty windy in parts but we didn’t go completely flat out to allow legs some degree of recovery, to the extent that’s possible on a 120 mile cycle!

 

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

See our route & terrain profile from today here

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About Sarah & Max

Sarah & Max enjoy endurance challenges in the outdoors. Over the past 12 years they have both run over 10 marathons and cycled over 10,000 miles. Now they are attempting to cycle the entire Tour de France, exactly as the pros do, 2 days ahead of the pro Tour. Daunted - yes? Ready - maybe?...
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