Friday, June 14, 2013

Annecy Le Vieux, RA, France - Day 6 -- a notch of competition (GBF13)

Nice breakfast, day No 6. "Team look" in the Gippinger race kit today.

Talking on non alpine but still a few great challenging climbs as those tend to be steeper... so hang on with me (or Ben).


Staring at the beautiful setting of the city Annecy at Lac d'Annecy. Heading out of town on D909/D909A with traffic on a overcast morning, clouds hanging low in the mountains. Then bearing off on D42 to Col del la Forclaz -- minor slightly winding road, getting foggy... -- on more climb used in the Tour. A hell of fun decent on D42 into Vesonne.

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Heading on to Col du Marais on D12 -- this was getting us into a notch of competition, well some rider came up on us out of town as we started the beginning of the climb moderately, well how could we get this dude getting passing up, so just following him at a little increased pace then Ben getting bored and put down a little bit more power, that guy was sitting on for a while and Py behind a little playing... and Ben took off effortless... I saved a little energy and with ease caught back up to this stranger and passed him, he hanging on at times, a few attempts to get away. I left him behind while entering the next town/turn where Ben waited. It went on form there again with a mostly strait section, slight incline -- that guy hanging on Py again... Then I let him go up into the wind the last 400 meters, no point wasting more energy, we still had a good way to go, just a bit of different fun once in a while, possible some locals -- then following the road to Col de la Croix Fry on D16. This "Fry" is again going into the fog and Py could hardly see where the road went -- may be good -- it kept going and going up while getting really steep beyond 12% at times -- but exceptional nice and quiet. Lunch stop in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt before continuing on D4 to D12 to Col de Glieres. The decent on D12 was getting really chilly and we put our jackets on. Ben was seeking for the entry to D85 but found it right away -- leading up to the next climb (Col de Glieres)!

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A little Paris Roubaix while passing over on Col de Glieres D12 to D55 on dirt road.

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A the last great descent on a small winding road still D55... fun fun. Returning to Annecy on D5.

Then driving back "home" to Bern with shopping on the way.

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