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That shot is of Bourg D'Oisans and the first few switchbacks of the road the Tour takes up to Alpe D'Huez. It is taken from a different way down the mountain.racergurl said:I get dizzy just looking at that first picture! Welcome back coach!!
Oh man, I would LOVE to try the Megavalanche! It looks SO wicked!HSCoach2 said:We also got to see some of the 1000 MTBers training, qualifying for the MegaAvalanche race that took place the day we left.
They were about what we expected, which is to say difficult, but not impossible. We saw literally thousands of other cyclists out there on the same roads as us (on some climbs, just a few, on others, such as Alpe D'Huez or Avoriaz on Tour day, it was packed), all climbing at their ownpace, enjoying the views.garage monster said:Oh man, I would LOVE to try the Megavalanche! It looks SO wicked!
However, back on topic, it sounds like your time in France was well-spent! Would you say that the climbs were:
A. Easier than you feared.
B. About what you expected.
C. Harder than you'd imagined.
Glad to hear you went all the way. I was disappointed to see most people stop at the non TDF line. I luckily didn't have to fight my way through a street marketHSCoach2 said:For some the Alpe D'Huez time trial ends on this street, as there is a big Finish Line banner in front of the Tourist Office (you can see it in the background). The actual TDF finish line is another 1.5 km through the village.