Friday, July 24, 2009
Day 9 - Briancon to Jausiers
July 21 - This was the day that the pro Tour de France was riding the Grand and Petit St. Bernard passes that we had ridden a few days earlier, so we all wanted to get to the next camp quickly to watch on TV. However, we first had to cross two mountain passes, the legendary Col d'Izoard and the Col de Vars.
Many people were so tired from the Galibier and l'Iseran the previous two days that they took a shortcut to bypass the harder Izoard pass. I did both and was exhausted by the end of the day, but made it in time to watch the last hour or so of the Tour.
Jeff, Mark and I stopped at a grocery store for a quick parking lot lunch to save time. The race team riders in the group skipped lunch altogether.
It was amazing to watch the pro Tour complete their stage in about 4.5 hours. We took about twice that long, spread over two days!