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Day 3: Col d’Izoard and distance

June 23, 2010

Quick post and no photos I’m afraid as the wireless here at the hotel in Digne-les-Bains is a bit ropey.

Yesterday’s ride was amazing, helped by the simply glorious weather. It started straight out of Briancon with the Col d’Izoard which is just the most beautiful climb and the highest point on this year’s ride at a shade under 2,400m. The descent past the Coppi memorial was stunning – in fact the whole route was lovely as we passed Lake Serre-Poncon and headed south along hidden valleys (and over secret cols) to Digne-les-Bains.

We covered 173km and climbed about 2,200m I think. I’m starting to feel the fact that we’ve covered nearly 500km in three days’ cycling and climbed about 7,000m. I also managed to fall off yesterday. It was a slow one on an uphill, so no significant damage to me or the bike, but it’s added to the general aches.

We then arrived at the hotel to find that they hadn’t reserved enough beds for us and claimed there was no dinner reservation. It doesn’t take long for 22 very tired and very hungry cyclists to put them straight on that one…and they managed to serve up a welcome steak frites for us all (and find some additional rooms).

Today looks as sunny and we’re heading across country to Carpentras. It’s about 135km with only 1,000m of ascent, so a relative rest day. We’re going to have to move fairly quickly though, as most of the lads want to see the England game.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. charlie coney permalink
    June 23, 2010 5:53 pm

    Izoard is one of my favourite cols of all – simply beautiful as you go from forest into that moonscape terrain… keep up the pedalling chaps – go Sparrow! this is my descent towards Briancon, a few years ago now. sounds like the weather is similar!

  2. June 24, 2010 8:52 am

    <> Bienvenue en France.

    Best of British today, I bet that’s a lovely ride ‘down’ to Carpentras.

    Bon chance les PR veloistes anciennes.

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