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Day 4: St Michele de Mauriene to Bourg St Maurice

June 14, 2014
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Stage four was all about the Col de la Madeleine.

After upping sticks we had a run-out of about 45 minutes until we started up the north side of the Madeleine. It averages 8% and is 20km long, so no-one thought it woud be easy but the stifling heat made it worse. The 10% stretches soon came, without much shade. Quick lemonade and then up the second half, just as steep as the first.

The views were stunning again, high meadows after the ski resort and the big peaks all around. Those last few kilometres were a long time coming, but eventually they did as I ground my way up, the sun still beating down even at nearly 2,000m.

What it says it is

What it says it is

The descent was equally beautiful, clinging in part to a mountainside overlooking a valley before winding around the other side. The afternoon was then a long, dusty and gradual ascent to the ski area of Bourg St Maurice.

Some mishaps on the road, including JL’s Oakleys being crushed by a truck and my chain hopping off whenever it felt like a rest.

Dinner at an old auberge was the stuff of LVG legend – enormous, with extra chips, terrine and ice cream.

Four down, one to go.

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