Perhaps the most painful fun ever. 174 kilometres, 5000 metres ascent (+16000 feet), over three of the most famous climbs in France.
How hard? Alpe d’Huez was the easy climb (see map for the nasty (sexy?) elevation profile below).
Yesterday, I completed my second Marmotte – in a heat wave. And while not fast by many standards, I managed to knock off 1 hour 24 minutes off my previous effort. I did really well until Alpe d’Huez, and then the heat nearly killed me. But the carnage of cyclists at each of the hairpins reminded me that a few others felt worse. The many supporters and the knowledge that I was almost done, kept me (slowly) pedaling. Very pleased.
Sadly, my bike’s video camera fell off in a tunnel descending Col du Lautaret – but fortunately I carry lots of devices. Here’s a video of the ride.
Here’s a few pics: many taken while on the bike: