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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Day 6 – Stage 18 – Gap to Alpe d’Huez – Alpe d’Huez

Today was the big day, the queen stage of the Tour de France, the day they’re going to climb Alpe d’Huez twice. Or they were supposed to. The news after the individual time trial was that if it was rainy, that the ASO would cancel the climb and descent of the Col de Sarenne and … Continue reading »

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Day 5 – Stage 17 – Embrun to Chorges ITT – Alpe d’Huez

Up at the crack of dawn to prepare for riding the Col de Sarenne and Alpe d’Huez. I was still a little upset that we would be doing that and not the Col de Lauteret and the Col de Galibier. Becky was all ready to start an email campaign, but I talked her down from … Continue reading »

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Day 4 – Stage 16 – Gap – Part 2 – The Race

After giving the ladies their time to change, we men took over the bus and changed out of our kits. Huddling under a couple trees afterwards, we were given our wristbands for the Izoard. I know of the Col d’Izoard, so I was confused at the start what they meant. Was the Izoard an area … Continue reading »

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Day 4 – Stage 16 – Gap – Part 1 – The Ride

Today we leave Orange. Though its nice to be going to Alpe d’Huez and every challenge that involves, it’s a melancholy day, as it reminded me that this trip will have an end in Paris.

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Tired and Having Fun

Posts will be coming soon. Been having a good but tiring time riding and eating in the Alpes. Lets just say that There will be very little to ever be able to top what has happened to me in the past few days. –Pete

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Day 3 – Rest Day #2 – Mont Ventoux

One year of work, of training, losing weight, it all led up to today, the day we would climb Mont Ventoux, the day after the Tour rode up. If yesterday was one of the most exicting and amazing days of my life, today would be even more amazing, but for different reasons.

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Day 2 – Stage 15 – Mont Ventoux

If I didn’t get enough sleep, it was a 7am wake up and a quick breakfast before heading out towards Mont Ventoux. I was the only one of the group who rode the long ride today; everyone else rode a shorter more direct route to Bedoin. So I had my own former World Cup pro … Continue reading »

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On y va!

A long trip to France starts with a single step, or really for that matter, a huge airplane. I got to Dulles Airport at what I thought was going to be 5 hours early; Becky was wanting to get a jump on Friday traffic, and I had the car loaded by 10:30. We tried our … Continue reading »

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Here We Go…

1 hour before we leave for the airport. Packing up the car (well not really) with the 1 big suitcase (I think it was 54 lbs) and a laptop bag jam packed with too many pieces of electronics gear, but there’s no way I want to be trying to find a micro usb cable or … Continue reading »

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T-1

I leave for France tomorrow. Tonight has been a bit of a whirlwind, with trying to pack and having to make decisions as to how many pairs of socks and shorts I need to take, do I really need a pair of swiming trunks, and so on. I did get it all to fit in … Continue reading »

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