|Profile of the Climb|
|Going through one of the many Avalanche Shelters|
|Dam on the way to Val D'Isere|
|MJ and Hoffy at the start of the climb|
|At the Top|
|Coke on the rocks|
Not sure whether to cry or laugh . Today was a tough ride for a weak rider like me. Early start at 8.15 am and 32km to Val D'Isere and then a 16km climb to the top of Col De L'Iseran . It was I thought supposed to be a gentle ride to Val D'Isere but unfortunately was a hard climb all the way and that took a fair bit out of me .We regrouped and then rode up to the summit. I was last , struggling with the gradient and the fatigue but mentally made it a goal and was glad I got to the top .It was hard breathing and being asthmatic I had a coughing fit which didn't help. The views as shown in the pictures were spectacular and I got a chance to step on some ice and snow still about . I had about 3.5 bidons and then some coke and after a short recovery we all headed down. I was last to get up so the faster riders would have been waiting awhile. I took over 1.5 hours to ride the 15 kms or so to the summit. The ride down was much easier and enjoyable. After lunch at Val D'Isere I got a ride back and the rest rode back. It was mostly downhill as I had just ridden up most of the way noted to but decided It wasn't worth tiring myself any further and I needed to get my cassette replaced. I had a 25-13 cassette and really needed one with the big cog at 28 .Only managed to get a 28 and had to change the chain as it was too stretched. Not surprising given the workload. Beautiful weather again today but it was still hot and I have got pretty burnt despite sunscreen. After 4 days of riding this is the maximum days of riding I have done and the maximum amount of climbing I have done. As of today I have done 235kms of riding in 4 days.
Tomorrow we move South to climb Ventou after a short climb in the area .I am not sure if my body is ready .We will see.