In the shadow of the van


Stage 2 Font-Romeu to Ax 3 Domaines
119.8km Total Climbing 2845m Avg Speed 20.2 Avg Heart rate 144bpm

General Classament: Don’t know- in a hotel 5km from anywhere with no WiFi and little mobile coverage

My alarm rang at 05:30 and I made my way through the darkened streets of Font-Romeu like one of those dogs you meet on your way home from a late night party.  I was first to arrive at the breakfast tent and I ate in silence. I finished breakfast with a hot chocolate and I have to say my mood lifted.

Today had two very difficult climbs Col du Port de Pailères rose at 8.1% for 14.9km  to 2001m comparable to the Tourmalet. The day ended at Ax 3 Domaines after 8.4km at 8.1% Merde!

I finished with > 1 hour to spare on the Lanterne Rouge but the amount of suffering I did in the last 3km took some of the shine off the day.


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