My first ride of the year without snow: wow, heat wave. Philippe’s bike seemed fully loaded. Could there be beer for lunch?
I like to consider myself a fairly good “Col Hunter.” But my friend Bastien is a true expert.
The Col de la République was the first Col over 1000 metres in the Tour de France, climbed in 1903. And I have the sign to prove it:
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.
As luck would have it, I have a cycling friend in St Etienne (today’s Paris-Nice finish). Philippe kindly invited me to come see the stage with him after first exploring the very interesting hills of the Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat by bike.