Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Party on the Galibier
Complements of Velonews. Click the link and check the 6th photo - Thanks Alex.
Just a brief recap of today's ride. Everyone was feeling much better today. Everyone rode. Stamm and Russ conquered the Telegraph and Galibier. Baker conquered the same, plus Alpe D'Huez.
We Rode over the Telegraph first. Amazing climb, and the legs felt very good. Bumped into Todd Schmidt and the boys from Quality at the base of the Galibier. The scenery on the Galibier is amazing. Really no way to describe it. Our vantage point was 5K from the top, which was perfect. We could see the riders coming up from the valley below on the switchbacks. We couldn't ask for a better place to watch the stage unfold. I heard we were easy to spot on VS's coverage. I'll check it out when I get home.
Afterwards, we climbed the final 5K of the Galibier, followed by an incredible 50K descent to the base of Alpe D'Huez. The climb was every bit as challenging as they say, especially after climbing the Galibier first.
Tomorrow is the hardest ride of our tour. 100 miles over 4 climbs totaling 16,000 feet of climbing. Baker, Painman, Treb, Russ, and I are giving it a go. Time for some rest.