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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

Tour de France 2021 – Stage 10

Madeleine and Chaussy

Today, it was actually sunny but still chilly early in the morning.

Which was not such a bad thing, as it made my warming up for this stage easier.

As it is not a repeat of stage 1 – in case you’re wondering if you did see that stage header before – that warming up took me to La Chambre.

During stage 1, I “missed” the first ~5 kms of the Col de la Madeleine and as they have good gaufres (waffles) at the summit restaurant, the one with the old motor bike in front, I wanted to get up the full length of it, just for one of those 😎

Read more

Tour de France 2021 – Stage 8

Valmeinier (Télégraphe)

The weather forecast for this afternoon looked grim, but the various sources couldn’t quite agree on when the misery would begin.

I decided not to take any chances and 1) ride a shortish stage and 2) get in the car as soon as it would.

Provided that would not be in the final kms of a(ny) climb, of course 😎

In the end, I made it back home to the supermarket near our apartment, but it had started raining by the time we got out.

On the bight side: this was supposedly the last “bad” day for now and hot, sunny days are coming.

Not sure that’s going to be any better for me…

Read more