Stage 13: St Girons to Foix

July 8, 2017, 6:30 pm

Pro- prediction: what a fascinating stage; I will enjoy watching the highlights of this- very difficult to call… the shortest tour stage ever….. a solo attack!!

It is impossible to explain to anyone not riding that this is NOT a holiday; people having buried themselves up to the ski station then awoke at 5.15ish for a two hour transfer to Saint Girons…… everyone was tired…. the first Cat 1 was rode  as a neutralised ascent- job done; the second not straightforward Cat 1 demanded that little bit more and with a draining heat no-one was wholly comfortable…. Feedstop 2 saw a welcome free ice-cream (I am ignoring in my Blog; Neil’s attempt at a cheeky overtake)….

And the final climb up the Mur de Peguere to the Col at the top…… was enough to drive a large number to either stop for breathers or walk…. and it isn’t in a gloating way I rode up the climb…… And I say it because at the end of two days being on the two stages including stops of say in total 19 hours… to climb that wall hurt but in an achieved way… the only sad part was that I had to pedal for about three minutes on the final fast 20km descent to Foix.

I do this to raise money for the William Wates Foundation; the giving details are on our website and on my Twitter profile page…. and after listening last night to a v brief presentation by a charity called Chaos Theory… it is worth supporting this charity. But it does on occasion hurt!!

  • July 8, 2017, 6:30 pm
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On the 24th June 2017, the Tour de Force riders will start cycling from Dusseldorf. Whether cycling two or more days, this is a heroic undertaking. It will hurt!

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