Tour de France
Cycling Holiday Blog
The Port De Bales is not a climb I ever raced on. I can’t say that I am unhappy about that. Any mountain tackled with your race face on is a hard day in the office.
My guests are settling into the drill, having great rides, there are plenty of challenges, each pushing to achieve their own targets.
Today’s 95km ride split into a couple of groups and the climb was magic. Despite the cloud that enveloped us at the top the roads were brilliant, quiet and the gradient, at 3 -8% was reasonable.
For the hard core there were a couple of takers who insisted on the additional option of the Col du Portillon for that little bit extra of vertical metre.
A couple of days in the group are starting to descend like champions and found a local bar where we could cheer on the Yates brothers as they put up a good show for OGE. Interestingly I noted the appearance of a few cracks in Nibali as he was shelled from the group.
No matter how many times I go on tour I am always surprised. Tonight we had tapas at a bar/restaurant named Woolloomooloo! Aussie expat owner was ultra enthusiastic, the food was fantastic and included meat pies on the menu.
A great day and a really fun night that will go down as a highlight for this trip.
Written by Phil Anderson