Itâ€™s been a great week with the cycle camp guys staying at Chalet Merlo. On Tuesday we cycled up to the top of Col de la Madeleine ahead of the Tour to get a (small) sense of what the Tour racers put themselves through. We had an outside table booked for 18 for lunch with the best vantage point to see the Tour coming through. The guys were blown away to get such a great view. It was also good to watch from the comfort of our own table as we were there for four hours.
We totted up 300km cycling over Tuesday and Wednesday and I think the cycle camp guys have had a blast. Itâ€™s my last day cycling with them tomorrow.
I got my official time and placing for La Marmotte: 8 hours dead â€“ Iâ€™d timed 8 hours, 17 mins but they donâ€™t count the time for a particularly dangerous downhill section; I was placed 1,157 out of approximately 7,000.
The camping with my son last Friday night was a roaring success â€“ will definitely be going again. We rode our motorbikes up to a flat spot next to a stream well above Sainte Foy, made a fire, cooked dinner over it, played a game of cards and then went to bed. We cooked breakfast over the fire and were back home by 10 in the morning. Simple stuff, but my lad absolutely loved it â€“ you canâ€™t beat open-fire cooking and brushing your teeth in a mountain stream.
Posted by Chris