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 speed (mph): 38.7, Time pedalling: 2hr 13
Today was the time trial in Grenoble, or as the great French expression for it is ‘contre la montre’.
The pros probably don’t have to stop at traffic lights etc, so given that excuse,
along with being completely knackered and having legs of lead…today was a more leisurely affair for us, we don’t think the pros will stop for a very nice coffee half way round the course in Vizille for example!
Photo: quick stop to admire the castle in Vizille
It was a great route with 2 serious hills, one of which was rather more serious for us as we missed a turn and carried merrily on up a steep hairpinned col, commenting on what a brutal time trial it was, before we realised we’d gone wrong. There were some racy descents and then we swung back into Grenoble to finish near the town hall.
We decided to stay on in Grenoble and take the great opportunity to watch the Tour in Alpe d’Huez and postpone our final cycle into Paris by one day. This meant we could also have the treat of watching the whole of the Tour stage 18 over Col du Galibier, and although bittersweet as we hadn’t been able to do it, it was fantastic to see the amazing battles on the mountains. It was incredible how different they looked with clear roads and no snow and to think how quickly it had changed.
We celebrated our Tour with co-rider Scott and his girlfriend Pamela with a great dinner and champagne in Grenoble old town, and went to bed with the great feeling that we didn’t have to set the alarm for 5.45am…