Day 2 – Chamousset to Monetier les Bains (part I)

7 Sep

Tonight’s blog will be short and sweet, until I have the energy to post the full story.

In summary, today was the greatest physical challenge I have ever faced – I finished the route (last) but I am absolutely spent tonight and left wondering whether I will actually complete tomorrow’s similarly severe route.  For now,  here is a bit of what we climbed today (bike facing down the hill, not the way we climbed)…

The group did fantastically well and judging by the banter over dinner are loving the experience.  Here’s a shot from over my shoulder earlier in the day – 75k over flat-ish land to get to the bottom of the first climb…

I will invite the group to comment for themselves – and will post some more of today’s photos after a good night’s sleep!

Best.  Charlie


10 Responses to “Day 2 – Chamousset to Monetier les Bains (part I)”

  1. Pablo September 7, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    looks like a fantastic experience – happy to be reading your blog without the knowledge of the pain no doubt being experienced. One to remember for sure by the looks of it. good luck to everyone. How did you manage to get mike out of his bed in Monetier! it must have been a wrench.

  2. Elin Daniels September 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    One of my concerns is that Bolesy may have used his pit stop a bit too early in the race ? I bet he’s looking perky this morning !!

    Keep it all up lads. The good news for you all is that at least you’re not in Bermuda having to get the house ready for Hurricane Leslie over the weekend. Some people do anything to get out of a bit of hard graft around the house…..


  3. Andrew Prewett September 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Go- Charlie- Go. You can do it. We are rooting for you from our armchair in Berkshire and sharing your saddle sores!! Well the stiff legs anyway.
    Well done to all the team, Fantastic.
    Andrew & Paula

  4. kerri lamb September 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi Charles and company! Am so enjoying reading the blog! I admire what you are all doing…….a bit mad but definitely admirable 🙂 Keep up the great cycling and enjoy that beautiful countryside. Kerri

  5. John Milsom September 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    It was a very tough second day, the Telegraph was terrible and the Galibier was ghastly and together the day was brutal. That having been said the superb swimming pool and hot tubs were a welcome relief, eased the aching muscles (ok, reminded one of the pain in the muscles, but gave a little easing). Dinner was excellent fayre and the wine with it again very quaffable. I can’t quite say the same for the local doctored sugar cubes! As for the cycling, as Charlie said it was very hard, so hard that some had to have a little rest at the lunch break. I wonder if he’ll post that picture? There is a sense of achievement in getting to the tops, you just need to remind yourself to check out the scenerary from time to time, and not that spot of Tarmac three feet in front of you!

    • neil September 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      well done. very sorry not to be there with you all. john,how did the rael thing compare with the computer simulted climb? keep up the good work

      • John Milsom September 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

        I think the computer simulated ride had the benefit of being able to get off and walk away! Telegraphe was ok, and the Galibier was just plain hard work. I think the first 70 km had perhaps over warmed us. Everyone is saying that it’s been the hardest climb.

  6. Karen September 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Charles and co,
    Lovely to read your experiences and see the stunning pictures.
    Dont forget to post the pictures that tell the real story of the ride!
    Thinking of you, good luck and lots of love Karen xxxx

  7. Simon Garrett September 8, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Go wiggo! Have you grown your sideburns? Looks great and i have fond memories of skiing in Monetier. I am off to Bejing tonight but i hope i will still be able to follow you on line. Well done all.

  8. Anna Edgerton September 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Charlie, do you remember our chat in our garden some months ago, when you showed us the route. Do you believe me now?! A huge well done so far, we all have huge respect for all you madmen. I feel exhausted just reading about it and am off for a sit down. Lots of love from Anna and all the Edgertons.

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