#LVG 2014: the preview and the prologue
The only way is up.
So sang Yazz And The Plastic Population in 1988. As we look ahead to this week’s Les Veloistes Gentils 2014 ride, let’s hope that doesn’t stick in our heads the way Toto wormed its way into our tiny minds en route to Aprica in Italy last summer.
We can but hope.
Which might be four words that sum up the trepidation and anticipation with which eight souls approach the Antibes to Annecy route set out for our mutual enjoyment. We can but hope that the forecast thunderstorms in the mountains tomorrow and on Tuesday hold off. We can but hope that there might be even a few level kilometres between those soaring Alpine peaks. We can but hope we arrive in Annecy next Friday afternoon all in one piece and with a cold beer waiting. And we can but hope that anyone room-sharing with Typo doesn’t forget the golden rule of never light a match.
The #LVG is always special. This year it’s doubly-special and sombre, given the passings of Nuts and Tim, both taken cruelly and far too young. With their names on the jerseys this year, they’ll be with us.
Preview and prologue then. Prologue? Yes, in a depature from tradition, this year’s ride starts with a Sunday evening prologue on the Cote d’Azur this evening. Providing there’s not too much fannying with the bike building of course. We’ve brought lights.
Then the stages (well, days really, but let’s stick with the ‘stage’ brand in honour of Cap’n Jack, who may not be present this year but whose “Stayjwynne” proclamation will no doubt be echoed at some point.
STAGE ONE – ANTIBES to VALBERG – http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4532336
STAGE TWO – VALBERG to VARS, ST MARIE – http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4532389
STAGE THREE – VARS, ST MARIE to ST MARTIN D’ARC – http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4855064
STAGE FIVE – BOURG ST MAURICE to ANNECY - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4735997
Many kilometres and many smiles ahead of us.
Including the Col de la Bonnette:
And the Col d’Izoard:
And the Col du Galibier:
And the Col de la Madeleine:
And finally, the Col’d Lager:
More soon, tinpot hotel wi-fi and stubby tablet fingers permitting.