Tour de France 2021 – Recap

As promised, I will conclude the reporting on my Tour de France 2021 with a recap.

I cycled 14 out of 15 available days and have my own stupidity to blame for having a “rest day”.

While I guess this Tour de France once again showed I’m (still) capable of pushing myself through – and over – my limits, there’s no denying that I will have to take it down a notch.

How much will also depend on my capability to keep enduring the back pain on every climb.

Sure, taking in the mostly overwhelming landscapes, the feeling of tininess when looking around and the stunning views are great “distractors”.

But I keep increasing the number of short breaks to ease the pain, which eventually do not help very much any more either.

On the upside, these enable me to take in more of the views and make pictures too 😂

Anyway, lets get to the recap…

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Tour de France 2021 – Epilogue

Croix de Fer

We’ve already travelled home and I’ve cycled my pancake flat backyard yesterday afternoon, but here’s a short recap of my last Tour de France 2021 stage.

That was Friday the 13th, and I had no idea if I would.even get out of the village on my bike.

I did (get out of town), but as the road immediately started going up at between 7% and 10%  from our apartment, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get all the way to the summit of the Croix de Fer for the last time.

After all, it’s a formidable, close to 30 kms long, climb, I was not in a good shape and trying it with no warming up to speak of…

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Tour de France 2021 – Stage 13

I already knew I had gone too far Wednesday, but the aftermath (evening, including dinner) was just fine, as was my night.

I slept like a baby until I woke up at just past 4 am for a toilet break and the lights went out when I got out of bed…

I’ll keep it short, but suffice it to say, it put a lid on stage 13, which would have been short as we needed time to pack things up too.

That stage was therefor planned to get up to Les Karellis.

Although originally intended to be combined / extended with Col d’Albanne, that plan was already off the table after Wednesday’s massacre.

But now, even that shortened stage was cancelled.

Despite my experience, I had managed to get past my breaking point and not recover from that until the next day.

Now, the question is: will today’s stage become stage 13, on Friday the 13th?

I think I’ll stick to my usual “Epilogue”, IF it even takes place 😂

Tour de France 2021 – Stage 12

Col de La Loze and Madeleine Bust

As Paula righteously pointed out this morning, (most) normal people would take a day off, after yesterday’s effort.

She also knows I’m not normal, so she didn’t object to driving me to Moutiers, to start my ride up the Col de la Loze.

I had never even heard of the bloody thing and had actually planned a trip up to Courchevel, when looking that one up, I noticed La Loze, as it is mentioned “nearby”.

It all went downhill from there and today was a complete bust…

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Tour de France 2021 – Stage 11

Marmotte or Bust

Yes, I did use that phrase before. Thank you for so closely following / reading my blog 😂

However, at the time I spoke about my plans to do two of them, Sestriere (La Marmotta) and the classic Marmotte Granfondo Alpes during that Tour de France of 2017.

Both were a bust, whereas I didn’t even start the classic, due to the (general) weather conditions and had a flat with no spare tube(s) during the La Marmotta.

This year, being located at an even better spot to start it, I finally did ride Marmotte Granfondo Alpes, but with a twist…

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