My legs needed a day off, but the sirens of the Dauphiné were calling my name. On a last second whim, I jumped in the car to the base of Col du Granier – the first climb in today’s race.
One final mountain day in this year’s very exciting Dauphiné Libéré. I have previously climbed two of the four ways up Granier. But today – from the east side – is easily the steepest with the last 5 kms averaging 10% – despite having flattish parts – do the math.
I certainly didn’t cycle much today – just up and down – 21 kilometres.
A light drizzle all the way up, a beer at the top, then I scoped out the hill for interesting looking people to hang out with while awaiting the racers.
I hung out with a fun group of adults and kids. When I mentioned I was Canadian and sadly there were no Canadians in the race …. a bright 10 year old studied the program then showed my that Michael Barry – team High Road – was (and still is!) Canadian.
We vowed as a group to find this elusive Canadian. And here he is ( I think)! We all gave him a huge cheer with my new French pals yelling “Viva Canada”, etc. Excellent! 🙂
It was never going to be the most exciting passage as it was the first of three climbs on the day. But a pretty big crowd and there were certainly some riders suffering.
A few photos:
Happy French Father’s Day!