It had been 13 days, 1467km and 29 436m since we first build our bikes and set out on the prologue around Como and here we were in the heat of the Cote d’Azur. We managed one last ride along the coast as a goodbye in the morning, more in search of coffee and croissant by the sea than kilometres and metres, before packing the bikes safely in their bags and parting ways at the airport.
It had been a barnstorming few weeks, exceeding my expectations and fuelling the fire that burns for future European adventures. Although this trip has ended, I realised (cliche, alert) that the journey has only just begun.
Thanks to Mark for being the instigator of getting on the Les Dix Alpes bus, to the crew of Bike Dreams for outstanding support, to our fellow riders for the banter and company and to my family for the two week escape! Next year, 100 Cols…
If you missed the earlier posts, you can catch up with part 1 and part 2 here.
The entire route (as one long stage!) can be found here - http://ridewithgps.com/trips/2840421.
There is also still time to donate to The Kids Cancer Project. If you can spare a few shekels, it would be greatly appreciated, especially by the families affected by childhood cancer. - https://lesdixalpes2014.everydayhero.com/au/eatmorelard.
Climbs of part 3
Col de Vars
Col de la Bonette
Col de la Couillole
Stage 8 - Col d'Izoard & Vars
Stage 9 - Col de la Bonette & Couillole
Stage 10 - Cruising down to Nice
Epilogue - Coffee on the Med