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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Not Fade Away...Rest day in Gap...Tuesday 14th July 2015

An absolute genius.

This rest day followed a fairly similar pattern to the first one...blimey, was that really 8 days ago? Anyway, breakfast then clean the bike, go for a recce of the town to spot possible locations for lunch and watching Le Tour dans le telly.

We arrived just a tad too early for breakfast: it wasn't open. Le Mcbollocks!
A la Marty McFly, I'm fading away before we reach!
The team of highly skilled pain-inflictors/masseurs. I'm sold!
I booked myself in for a 30 minute session with Lindsay: she is dynamite as a masseuse...highly recommended!
Roundabout guff er, art.
Sleepy Gap prior to Bastille Day celebrations kicking-off.
Andy and I strolled into Gap and found a suitable cafe offering a 'Steak XL'. Clearly speaking our lingo...thereafter we found another cafe not 10 yards away that was showing Le Tour, live. Go Froome!
Comparing calf size with Andre Greipel. And losing.
A really pleasant spot pour large luncheon!
Exactly what was required. Lettuce.
We called it quits just before Bastille Day parades were about to start- we had to get back to the hotel for dinner and our briefing for the next day's ride. Yeah, don't have nightmares, hah-hah!
Sorry for these guys: it was about 32c...ouch!

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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!