Haute Route, Day One: Geneva – Megève

A quick post tonight because it’s 21:35 and I need to get serious about recovery.

Today’s first day was a pretty brutal beginning – much longer than in previous years – and has set the stage for the rest of the week, I think. Tomorrow, for example, is shorter, but there is more climbing. Everyday is hard this year.

I felt…dull all day. Definitely not the ‘fresh’ I was hoping for. I think I went too hard on my taper last week, but maybe I’ll experience that magic ‘bounce’ tomorrow. Please!

I also cramped pretty badly on the last climb (as did nearly everyone I talked to, it seems) and got passed by a good number of riders in the last 10 or 15 km. One of them was Mark, who ended up finishing first from the team. Just after this I saw ahead of me a sight I can only describe as ‘unimaginable’. There was Rob, looking pretty grim. I caught him, had a chat, and rode to the finish line with him. We were the 2nd and 3rd to finish from VC.

The official results tell us that we finished 114th and 115th respectively (with Mark coming in at 100) out of nearly 600 starters. Our Team is 31st out of 91 teams. Not a bad beginning, I’d say.

Just a word on the ‘competition’. Unlike the Etape du Tour, there aren’t any fat riders! Trust me, I looked. I suppose it makes sense, given the extreme nature of the event.

I am finding it hard to swallow that we need to do this all over again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, etc. Get ready for some drama on the blog this week.

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Teammate Chris. This is the position every cyclist was trying to get in this evening.

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Teammate Brad, finding his own piece of horizontal heaven.

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10 thoughts on “Haute Route, Day One: Geneva – Megève

  1. Thanks Gerry for doing this so we can experience it without the pain;-) Good reading, good luck today. Always remember why you signed up for this and not the aches and pains you are presently experiencing. Great beginning!

  2. Hey Gerry
    Whats the story on this guy … Christian Haettich rider 200.. he looks like an amazing character

    will he make it?

  3. Stay focused and try and ride through the pain. What is it that Jensie always says? Something about pain being your friend. Look at it as a friend not a foe. Easy to say sitting here in my armchair, but I know the feeling well so I feel I can comment! Good luck tomorrow.

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