The Tour de Force

The Tour de Force

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Monday, Monday...Rest day in Tarbes...Monday 6th July 2015

Sheer genius from Eric!

Today was a rest day, thankfully but it wasn't a day-off by any stretch. Clothes and bikes to wash, and we were also advised to go for a short-ish bike ride just to remind our legs that they were still required for a little time yet!
Guess who the tidy one is? 
Stergene rules.
Bike was in toxic shock at having been cleaned.
Other errands included breaking the so-called 'Velominati Rules' by Andy electing to shop at Decathlon for a new saddle bag, and then finding a terrific cafe in Tarbes Square that served us steak & chips. Just what was required!

What a load of bo**ocks, mostly!
We needed photographic evidence that Decathlon had been involved, hah-hah!
Holocaust memorial in Tarbes.
Not sure if you can see them, but Le French equivalent of The Red Devils were practicing for Bastille Day, possibly?
After lunch, myself, Andy and a couple of the other guys found a bar in town that was showing live de Le Tour, and found ourselves bellowing at the screen to will Chris Froome up that Mur de Huy climb that we made a meal of only 7 days previously!

The horrible stuff begins: we start at the LHS and work our across. Very slowly indeed!
Doubt I'll be troubling the King Of The Mountains classification anytime soon!
All-in-all a fairly productive day and a necessary one after the mileage covered already. Keep your fingers crossed for me as the bad stuff approaches...

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I do have a bit of previous...

2014: 1000 miles solo & unsupported out to France, then La Bicinglette...6 x Mont Ventoux in a day!

2013: 1000 miles solo & unsupported out to Austria, then the worst climbs in The Dolomites!

2012: The inaugural Haute Route sportive from Geneva to Nice, followed by the worst Pyrenean climbs!

2011: 3500 miles across North America...coast to coast!

2010: 1600 miles from Gibraltar to Blackpool!

2009: 1000 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats!

2008: 250 miles from Blackpool to London!

2007: 100 miles around Manchester!

2006: 0.5 mile to corner shop!