Part of the Trophée Label d’Or FFC – The Scott 1000 Bosses (official link) is a well known cyclosportive in the mountains around Lyon, France. Bosses means bumps/hills.
The plan was for Martin and I – and our St. Etienne friends: Philippe and Xavier – to ride the 139 km route.
But the weather was awful, raining the entire day. So two hours in – at a key intersection – and after a comical discussion – we decided that we agreed with Shakespeare: “ the better part of valour is discretion – in the which better part I have sav’d my life.”
So we turned right and switched to the 85 km loop. It was the smartest decision we made all day, as the rain and fog only increased and the descents were a bit awful.
Me, I was happy as we still passed five Cols (!) …. sadly many of my photos were wet, smudgy, and un-usable.
Despite the miserable conditions, I think (?) we all had a lot of fun. We all remained cheerful, no one crashed, and we actually finished before the trophy presentations.
Philippe and I have ridden together twice now. Today, and once with light hail. We have agreed that our third time must include some sun.
Below, the wet finishers (Philippe is almost always smiling, but here he is perplexed by his camera timer):