So, we did it.
Slightly more rain than we'd hoped for, but we completed a 101.4 km ride with 1,654m of climbing - more than from the foot of le Mont Ventoux at Bédoin to the summit.
In homage to La Vuelta, various categories were up for grabs and awarded as follows ...
- Red Jersey - Tom - First home. But I think we should check his transponder.
- Polka Dot - Ben - King of the Mountains. Grimacing grimpeur.
- Green Jersey - David - Points. First to every check-point, led from the front.
- White Jersey - Tomo - Combined. Made for the road. What an all rounder.
- Flashing Blue Jersey - Chris & Jo - Bike lights. Wow!
- Orange Jersey - Sarah - Brilliant baking. Incomparable cakery with marmalade flapjack supreme.
We took ages - managed to catch the end of the Vuelta, but missed the food at Cafe Ventoux - a real shame. Oh God, I'm still craving an egg sandwich.
Anyhow, I'll get over it.
Thanks everyone - nice ride.
JD - 03/09/1
Have a coffee. Get set - there is a changing room, and they have energy bars, water etc.
Head out at 09:30 and ride until 3pm :
- the main event - The Tugby Ventoux (100km, 1,617m climbing)
There are various possible escape routes back to the cafe if legs get tired or the weather is poor :
- escape route 1 - bail at 40km - Tilton
- escape route 2 - bail at 55km - Somerby
- escape route 3 - bail at 63km - Braunston
- escape route 4 - bail at 88km - Stockerston
Then, change and shower at the cafe - they have great facilities but bring a towel and some gel.
Snap back to reality, head home - fulfilled and vowing to cycle more.
Note - it's quite a tough ride with some sharp climbs - so put some miles in over the summer if you want to get around!
JD - 14/07/16