Haute Route, Stage 5: Cime de la Bonette (Individual Time Trial)

I’ve never tried this function (reblog) on WordPress, so hopefully it works. I’ve been talking to a client lately about the effort needed to get oneself up Ventoux (he’s a triathlete, so we are geeking out on FTP talk), which made me think about how to explain something like this to someone.

Then last night, over a nice talk with my step-brother, Rob, the subject of the article I’m re-blogging came up – namely, the hardest 1:36 (1:35 in Rob’s case) I’ve still ever done on the bike.

Re-reading this after nearly 5 years still makes want to vomit. Weirdly it also makes me want to do it again.

I’d be curious to know what the hardest thing you guys/girls have done. Like misery, suffering loves company.

The Vicious Cycle

Stage 5I hope you weren’t worried. The internet at the hotel last night was pretty temperamental and I just couldn’t get on.

Today’s stage was quite simple for the athletes (probably a nightmare for the organizers); we did a 23 km time trial up the Cime de la Bonette, the highest through road in Europe. In many ways, the climb is reminiscent of Mont Ventoux, but with 2 more km added to the fun. The elevation gain was nearly 1600 meters.

The riders started in blocks of 75, with 5 min breaks into between, I think. Rob, myself and Mark were all in the 2nd to last block, since we we were somewhere in between 76 and 150 in the GC. Mark was kind enough to snap me starting.

20130822_114533_resizedI’d done one mountain TT before, but it was local and just a mass start. This was quite cool and we even…

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